Notice of Proposed Rule-Making – Hazardous Materials; Reverse Logistics (RRR)

Federal Register Volume 77, Number 129 (Thursday, July 5, 2012)
49 CFR Parts 171, 173, and 178
Hazardous Materials; Reverse Logistics (RRR)
AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT.
ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM).
Link to the full notice:

SUMMARY: PHMSA is publishing this ANPRM to identify ways to reduce the regulatory burden for persons who ship consumer products containing hazardous materials in the “reverse logistics” supply chain. Reverse logistics is the process that is initiated when a consumer product goes backwards in the distribution chain. It may be initiated by the consumer, the retailer, or anyone else in the chain. Therefore, the process may involve consumers, retailers, manufacturers, and even disposal facilities. Following this ANPRM, PHMSA anticipates publishing an NPRM that will propose to simplify the regulations for reverse logistics shipments and provide avenue means for regulatory compliance that maintains transportation safety. This action is part of DOT’s retrospective plan under EO 13563 completed in August 2011 DOT’s plan is available at: To fully engage the broad spectrum of stakeholders affected by reverse logistics, this ANPRM solicits comments and input on several questions in the context of reverse logistics. Any comments, data, and information received will be used to evaluate and shape the proposals in the NPRM.

DATES: Comments must be received by October 3, 2012.

Webinar: Top Considerations When Evaluating, Choosing and Deploying EHS, Carbon and Water Tracking Software

July 12, 2012 at 1 PM EDT
Register here

Many companies are evaluating, choosing, and deploying software to manage their environmental, safety and health operations and impacts, as well as looking for more efficient alternatives to measure and manage their footprint for such things as greenhouse gas emissions and water use. However, choosing from among the many offerings is no simple feat. There are products available at a wide range of price points, and with a dizzying array of features. Some are cloud-based, others not. Choosing a software package means evaluating it against complex regulations, financial risks, and issues related to your company’s reputation and valuation.

In this hour-long webcast you’ll learn best practices and lessons learned from experienced EHS and compliance professionals from ArcelorMittal and FujiFilm on managing successful software projects involving EHS and water and carbon tracking. You’ll receive actionable advice for your own project that will help you avoid common pitfalls and traps that can derail your deployment and implementation.

Among the things you’ll learn

  • What to consider when developing the scope of a software project implementation
  • Which internal organizational groups should be involved
  • Best ways to integrate software with your existing internal systems
  • Best practices in deployment and implementation of software projects

Product labeling: Who’s doing it right?

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For quite some time now, our research has shown that consumers are heavily reliant on product packaging to help them determine if a product is green. From eco-labels to reading the ingredients, more and more consumers want to know not only what’s in a product, but how it’s made and how socially responsible the company is.

That’s a lot of information to convey on-pack – especially in light of regulatory requirements and other competing priorities.

So who’s doing it right?

Tell me a story: The power of narrative in corporate leadership

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In certain circles, corporations are seen as a pivotal part of solving the world’s problems. But just as many consumers — particularly in the world’s industrialized economies — aren’t inclined to trust them, according to a GlobeScan poll that surveyed people from 23 countries in January and February.

With this lack of public confidence, it’s not surprising that when it comes to sustainability, respondents don’t appear to have a clear picture of corporate leadership either.

So what companies do people see as socially and environmentally responsible? Why do some make the cut, and others don’t? Our recent poll – which is part of our Radar Research Program that tracks public opinion of business — has discovered that there are certain factors that the public recognizes more than others – and that the power of a narrative should never be underestimated.

A 5-step guide to buying RECs and carbon offsets

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McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) recently went through the process of reviewing its own purchases of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets, and learned some lessons along the way. As it can be an involved process, we’d like to share what we took away from the process — and hope you will benefit from our experience in the marketplace.

Buying environmental commodities such as RECs and carbon offsets has been an increasingly important strategy for corporate environmental performance. For stakeholders seeking to grow the clean energy economy, RECs have become increasingly important. For those looking to create a carbon-neutral company, event, or personal lifestyle, carbon offsets are commonplace.

Feds on PACE to torpedo popular energy efficiency program

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The long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking on PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing  by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on June 15.  The results are disappointing and consistent with FHFA’s narrow view of its responsibilities at the helm of secondary mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.