Regulation


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    Rail labor negotiations

    Biden signs legislation preventing rail strike, lockout

    The president said the law avoids “what, without a doubt, would have been an economic catastrophe at a very bad time in the calendar.”

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    Rail labor negotiations

    Senate sends bill avoiding rail shutdown to Biden’s desk

    The divided chamber shot down an amendment to give workers seven days paid sick leave.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
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    Rail labor negotiations

    House passes bills to avert US rail shutdown, add paid sick leave

    The vote comes just two days after President Joe Biden urged congressional intervention, warning “a rail shutdown would devastate our economy.”

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    Zinc-based storage manufacturer delays production to capitalize on federal tax credits

    Eos Energy Enterprises is pushing this year's orders to 2023 to take advantage of energy storage benefits outlined in the Inflation Reduction Act, CEO Joe Mastrangelo said.

    By Stephen Singer • Nov. 29, 2022
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    Rail labor negotiations

    Biden calls on Congress to prevent rail shutdown

    The president said he’s been advised that “there is no path to resolve the dispute at the bargaining table” before the Dec. 9 deadline.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    Rail labor negotiations

    Potential for rail shutdown rises as largest union rejects labor deal

    An impasse over guaranteed sick leave is likely headed to a congressional showdown.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Biden proposes new sustainability rules for federal suppliers

    Companies with more than $7.5 million in federal contracts would be required to disclose emissions.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Deadline to avoid rail strike or lockout extended to December

    The country’s third-largest rail union agreed to a longer “cooling off” period in an attempt to avoid congressional intervention and service disruptions.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
  • Major railroads mandated to keep reporting service restoration progress

    Regulators will continue to monitor BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific after noting they are unlikely to reach their improvement targets before the end of the current reporting period. 

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    ESG backlash unlikely to derail SEC proposal requiring climate risk disclosures

    One expert said the agency has "vastly underestimated" the amount of money needed for businesses to comply.

    By Jim Tyson • Nov. 3, 2022
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    Tracker

    Rail labor negotiations: Tracking the path to ratification

    A strike or lockout was avoided after Congress intervened to impose an agreement. Here’s how we got there.

    By Updated Dec. 2, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    How the US plans to transform its lithium supply chain

    With just 3.6% of global reserves, access to the critical mineral is vital to the country’s sustainable energy plans.

    By Oct. 27, 2022
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    Biden awards $2.8B to boost domestic EV battery supply

    Suppliers for major auto giants including Tesla and Mercedes-Benz won grants to expand manufacturing

    By Oct. 20, 2022
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    UPS to pay $5.3M in EPA settlement over alleged hazardous waste violations

    The parcel delivery giant has three years to come into compliance at more than 1,000 facilities nationwide.

    By Oct. 20, 2022
  • In an aerial view, shipping containers sit on truck transport chassis in a rail yard on October 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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    FMC initiates chassis overhaul study, part of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

    The National Academies of Science will conduct the $500,000 review of existing chassis pools to determine the best model.

    By Oct. 18, 2022
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    EPA to speed review of new chemicals for electric vehicles

    The move is in line with the Biden administration’s focus on boosting domestic output of lithium and rare earth minerals.

    By Larry Pearl • Oct. 18, 2022
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    Opinion

    Railroads should give workers the benefits they seek

    It's time to get freight rail back on track with a stable workforce and improved service, writes the National Association of Chemical Distributors.

    By Eric R. Byer • Oct. 17, 2022
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    Biden admin seeks public input on China tariff review

    Section 301 tariffs will remain in place as the U.S. Trade Representative evaluates their effectiveness.

    By Oct. 13, 2022
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    FMC proposal requires ocean carriers to give shippers more details on demurrage charges

    The rule comes after the agency investigated practices into the fees, which are accrued when shippers don’t move cargo fast enough.

    By Oct. 11, 2022
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    Thailand to ban plastic scrap imports in 2025

    The move to curb plastic pollution follows similar rules made by other countries in Southeast Asia.

    By Megan Quinn • Oct. 6, 2022
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    FMC proposal defines ‘unreasonable’ export rejections by ocean carriers

    The new rule details criteria for violations under the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and establishes a framework for proving improper refusals.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
  • White House Port and Supply Chain Envoy Gen. Stephen Lyons speaks with Association of Supply Chain Management CEO Abe Eshkenazisit sit on black arm chairs in the middle of a conversation
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    White House supply chain strategy shifts beyond 24/7 port operations

    Port and Supply Chain Envoy Gen. Stephen Lyons said the initiative failed to gain traction due to the financial costs involved.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Inflation Reduction Act could shift EV battery composition: report

    Global markets for critical materials are likely to remain tight. “We expect virtually every commodity to be undersupplied beyond 2025,” new research from BofA Global states.

    By Robert Walton • Sept. 8, 2022
  • A Maersk shipping container sits on a rail car at the Port of Los Angeles on February 9, 2022 in San Pedro, California.
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    Maersk abandons $1B sale of container business after DOJ investigation

    Regulators were concerned that a sale to China International Marine Containers would have led to higher prices and less supply chain resiliency.

    By Aug. 30, 2022
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    Inflation Reduction Act encourages EV battery sourcing, production in North America

    The law creates incentives that could require major shifts in critical mineral supply chains for U.S. automakers.

    By Aug. 17, 2022