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September 25, 2014
PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman stepping down, read more.

September 24, 2014
PHMSA clarifies policies for Display Shells with Attachments and Display Mines.

September 17, 2014
APA Board approves NGAP Charitable Foundation, details here.

September 16, 2014
Retailers face possible security breaches, make sure you are covered, see more

August 22, 2014

Scott Darling named FMCSA Acting Administrator, see more

July 30, 2014
Senate confirms new CPSC Chairman & Commissioner, read more.

July 25, 2014
FMCSA Administrator Ferro to step down, more info here.

July 3, 2014
Learn about the science behind fireworks, click here 

July 2, 2014
See how donors are helping to reignite the skies this 4th of July.

July 1, 2014

Spectacular fireworks displays to honor our Nation this July 4th, read more.


June 28, 2014
Remember these important Fireworks Safety Tips this 4th of July.

June 24, 2014
Booms are a Boon for business, discover how fireworks boost sales.

June 23, 2014
APA predicts a banner year for Consumer Fireworks sales, see why


June 19, 2014
The APA urges the public to enjoy a Sparkling Good (and Safe) time this July 4th.  See more.

June 10, 2014
Traveling this 4th of July?  Remember, Fireworks Don't Fly, view FAA message here.

May 8, 2014
APA priorities on HMSP & User Fees advance in the House, APA members click here for more info.


April 29, 2014
DOT Sec. Foxx sends transportation legislation to Congress, see
more.

April 23, 2014 Save
May 21 deadline for CMV drivers, see FMCSA details on new medical certificate requirement.

April 16, 2014 
APA responds to NFPA President anti-fireworks legislation letter, click here.

April 1, 2014 
APA to testify April 2 before Congress on HazMat Reauthorization, learn more.

March 31, 2014 
APA files comments to OSHA's RFI on Process Safety Management, view them here.

March 28, 2014 
Obama to nominate new CPSC Chair, see more.

March 26, 2014 
NFPA withdraws Standards 1124, 1128 & 1129, read more.

March 25, 2014 
Pre-season transport tips, members click here for March Safe-T First.

February 11, 2014 
APA Winter Conference next week, see program of events here.

January 14, 2014 
FMCSA delays CDL medical card requirement, see more.

December 19, 2013 
FMCSA issues guidance on HOS driver rest breaks. APA Members click here for more info.

December 6, 2013 
Robert Adler named acting CPSC Chairman, more here. 

November 20, 2013 
DHS schedules listening sessions on Chemical Facility Safety, see more.

November 11, 2013
Obama Nominates CPSC Commissioner, see more.

November 8, 2013
APA remembers industry icon Bob Souza.

 

Highlights & News

Federal Government Resumes Operations

On October 17, 2013, the House & Senate passed, and the President signed, HR 2775, the compromise package developed by the Senate leadership to extend the debt ceiling and fund the Federal government.  As of yesterday morning, the federal government shutdown has ended and the nation narrowly averted hitting the debt ceiling. 

HR 2775 does several things: (1) includes a three month continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government at FY2013 levels through January 15, 2014; (2) extends the debt limit through February 7, 2014; (3) makes a few technical adjustments to FY2014 spending; and (4) includes a provision that requires the Department of Health & Human Services to verify incomes for Affordable Care Act subsidies.

While HR 2775 does get the government back up and running, and avoids a debt crisis at this time, it essentially sets the country up for the same routine in early 2014.  The CR is set to expire a few weeks before we once again hit the debt ceiling.  While the House & Senate have agreed to go to conference on FY2014 spending bills, which is certainly a positive step, the solutions in this latest bill are temporary and Congress could very well find itself having this same fight in a few short months, leading to yet another government shutdown.

While we are pleased that the federal government has resumed operations, we can anticipate some delays as the various federal Agencies get back to business.  We have encountered database operations at several government agencies to be slow and / or nonresponsive.  And with regard to EX Approvals, a key concern for the fireworks industry, per PHMSA, “ it will take a considerable amount of time to overcome being shutdown for 16 days”.  Accordingly, we can expect to see delays and a possible backlog in processing approval applications over the next month. 

 
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