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Truckers get high marks in drug/alcohol survey

The feds have conducted another survey of more than 112,000 truckers to gauge drug and alcohol use in truckers. Results shows the drug use violation rate in truckers dropped 41 percent from 1996 to 1997 (well below the average of other industries and the entire population). For the second consecutive year, the alcohol violation rate remained at a rate of .2 percent.

SuperRigs contest is coming

The 17th annual Shell SuperRigs Truck Beauty Contest will be underway June 17-19 at the TravelCenters of America Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott, IA. Working trucks can compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and the chance to be featured in the next Shell SuperRigs calendar. Each contestant gets a gift package worth fifty bucks and entry is free.

Appeals court takes EPA's power from Clean Air Act

The Environmental Protection Agency's interpretation of the Clean Air Act was battered down at the hands of a U.S. federal appeals court last May, stating that the agency was assuming too much power, and that its guidelines were too vague.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the EPA must follow the Clean Air Act as written by Congress, rather than by the guidelines adopted two years ago (as provided in Section 109 of the law). The ruling was a victory for the trucking industry, as many interest groups had already filed suit against the EPA. Some industry officials have claimed that the old standards were costing $45 billion annually just for these interest groups to remain in compliance with the law.

The EPA reportedly plans to recommend an appeal to the Justice Department. If the appeal loses in the courts, the agency says it will call on Congress to "preserve these protections."