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White House attributes at least $900 million in benefits to four OSHA rules

Four major rules issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 2003-2013 yielded $900 million to $3.6 billion in annual benefits, according to a report by the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to Congress. OIRA also found that during those 10 years, the four rules imposed annual costs between $600 million and $700 million. Even by the most conservative estimates, the benefits of the four rules outweighed their costs by $200 million per year, judging by OIRA’s estimates.

The OSHA regulations studied were:

California renews commitment to renewable energy

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) intends to sign Bill AB1466 soon to extend the state’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). Launched in 2001 and due to expire next year, SGIP will now continue to receive $83 million per year through 2019 for low-carbon distributed generation technologies, including wind, fuel cells and energy storage.

Senator Murray warns of window closing on vital transportation funding

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, is urging her colleagues to work together—and very soon—to avoid a construction shutdown this summer.

SC&RA mourns death of Jeanette Anderson

Jeanette Josephine Anderson, age 95, St. Cloud, Minn., died Thursday, June 12, at Excelsior Place, Baxter, Minn. She was born April 30, 1919 in Minneapolis, Minn., and met Harold E. Anderson in 1933 at Buffalo Lake Bible Camp. The couple married on January 15, 1944 during WWII. After the war, they lived in Harold’s home town of Isle, Minn. until 1952, when they moved to St. Cloud, Minn. There Harold established Anderson Trucking Service (ATS) and various other trucking-related companies, and the couple lived the rest of their 57 married years. 

Workshop to open with session on “Getting Beyond Great”

Joe Contrera, President & Founder, ALIVE @ WORK LLC will deliver the opening session presentation—Getting Beyond Great! How to Achieve Extraordinary Results!—at the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, Sept. 24-26, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas.

In this dynamic presentation, he will reveal:

Schumer calls for Electronic Logging Devices, increased truckers insurance

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on June 16 launched a two-pronged federal plan meant to keep exhausted truck drivers off the road in order to prevent fatigue-related truck crashes. Examples he included in his news release were “the recent deadly accident involving [comedian] Tracy Morgan and three other individuals and other deadly crashes like one in Illinois this year where a trucker had falsified his logbook and had only slept four hours in a 37 hour shift.” Schumer called for:

Bill would eliminate federal gas tax, provide long-term funding

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced legislation on June 12 designed to save the Highway Trust Fund from insolvency. He characterized HR 4848,“The Repeal and Rebuild Act,” as a long-term solution that would create American jobs, fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and finally break the transportation funding impasse that has plagued Congress for years.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 1 percent in May

The advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index released by the American Trucking Associations on June 17 increased 1 percent in May, following a revised 0.9 percent gain the previous month. In May, the index equaled 129.7 (2000=100) versus 128.3 in April. The index is off just 1 percent from the all-time high in November 2013 (131.0).

Iowa approves 5-year, $2.7 billion road construction program

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a $2.7 billion road construction program for Fiscal Years 2015-2019 on June 10. More than $1.2 billion is slotted for modernization of Iowa’s existing highway system and for enhanced highway safety features. The program includes over $900 million of investments in Iowa’s state owned bridges.  

The Commission noted that over the last five years, the number of structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system has been cut in half, down to 117 as of 2013, as a result of this emphasis.

Free webinar on trucking technologies set for June 26

The Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition (TIMTC) and the Dept. of Transportation will hold a free webinar on June 26 to showcase some of the latest technologies for the trucking industry – including specialized heavy haul equipment.

Presentations by representatives from Con-way Freight, Boyle Transportation, James Burg Trucking and Maverick Transportation will highlighting the benefits and costs of several technologies that improve fleet safety and increase productivity, including: