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NEMA Commends Senators on building energy efficiency legislation.

April 8, 2014

NEMA welcomed Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act (S.2189), introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Brian Schatz (D-HI), which includes language that would reinstate and improve Commercial Building Tax Deduction. After lauding aforementioned senators for their leadership in advancing energy efficiency in domestic energy economy, NEMA's Evan R. Gaddis specifically noted "significant" gains to be had from reduced overall energy use through building improvements. Read More

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SPE Issues Call for Entries for Student Parts Competition.

April 7, 2014

SPE Thermoforming Division seeks entries for second annual Student Parts Competition, which encourages students to collaborate on real potential thermoformed application. Project consists of thermoformed product that can be mounted to standard A/C vent in automobile, hold cell phones, pens, or other small objects and be suitable for personalization. Submission deadline is August 15, 2014, and first- and second prize winners will receive, respectively, awards of $1,000 and $500. Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Alfa Chemistry.

April 7, 2014

Civil penalty of $325,000 proposed by FAA against Alfa Chemistry stems from alleged violations of U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. Specifically, FAA alleges that, on 2 separate FedEx cargo flights, Alfa Chemistry shipped undeclared hazardous material (Acrolein) that DOT regulations prohibit from being transported on passenger and cargo aircraft. Also, FAA determined Alfa Chemistry failed to properly train and test employees who packaged said Acrolein. Read More

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BIO Announces Kay Holcombe as Senior VP, Science Policy.

April 7, 2014

As announced by BIO, Kay Holcombe will be joining staff as Senior Vice President, Science Policy in early April. In addition to citing her "extraordinarily substantive experience and knowledge based on a long and distinguished career in Washington," BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood called Holcombe "an excellent addition to our staff." Holcombe comes to BIO from Sanofi, where she recently served as VP, FDA Alliances and Federal Agency Relations. Read More

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BIO Encourages EPA to speed approvals of new biofuel pathways.

April 7, 2014

BIO responded to EPA's announcement about halting new petitions for renewable fuel pathways for ~6 months. While recognizing EPA's "welcome" effort to improve petition process for new renewable fuel pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), BIO's Brent Erickson commented that review process should be conducted in "a more timely manner." Erickson added that such a "lengthy wait...chills job creation and investment in the sector." Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses heavy-duty switches.

April 7, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA KS 1-2013 standard, which covers heavy-duty enclosed and dead-front switches that are rated at not more than 600 V and 4,000 A with or without horsepower rating. DC ratings shall be up to and including 600 V, 1200 A; with or without provision for fuses; with current-carrying parts and mechanisms enclosed in metallic or nonmetallic cases, or that are enclosed when mounted in enclosed switchboard, panelboard, or similar; and manually operable by means of external handles. Read More

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NEMA publishes composite insulator standards.

April 7, 2014

ANSI/NEMA C29.12-2013 specifies composite suspension (tension) insulators with minimum section length of 46 in., while ANSI/NEMA C29.17-2013 specifies composite transmission line post type insulators with section lengths 41 in. or greater. Lastly, ANSI/NEMA C29.18-2013 specifies composite distribution line post type insulators with section lengths 30.6 in. or less. All insulators addressed by standards are intended for use on overhead lines for electric power systems.  Read More

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BIO Says 2014 RFS Proposal will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

April 4, 2014

According to white paper from BIO, proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014, if left unchanged, would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year. BIO's Brent Erickson, lead author, noted that "Increased biofuel use is necessary to continue to achieve year-over-year reductions in carbon emissions in the transportation sector." Erikson also added that actions would limit availability of cellulosic and advanced biofuels as substitute for foreign oil from "unstable nations." Read More

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NEMA Comments on WTO rare earth dispute decision.

April 4, 2014

Acknowledging dispute settlement panel decision of WTO released March 26, 2014, Evan R. Gaddis said "NEMA supports non-discriminatory national policies toward trade in raw materials and minerals" while decrying export quotas and export tariffs as supporting "economic protectionism" rather than environmental protection. NEMA President and CEO Gaddis lauded WTO panel's decision as well as collaborative efforts of all parties involved in dispute resolution. Read More

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BIO International Convention will feature new Innovation Zone.

April 4, 2014

BIO, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health agreed to feature Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)-funded, early-stage biotech companies in Innovation Zone. Focused on drug discovery, diagnostics, and other platform technologies, Innovation Zone companies will have dedicated exhibit space and participate in BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ system. Select companies will also make presentations in BIO Business Forum. Read More

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Rotodynamic Pumps Webinar addresses vibration measurement, values.

April 4, 2014

Taking place May 8, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, webinar series developed by Hydraulic Institute (HI) in collaboration with Jack Claxton (Patterson Pump Company) and associated HI committee members will focus on rotodynamic pumps for vibration measurements and allowable values. Technical online program, designed for pump distributors, manufacturers, and end-users, explores measurement made on non-rotating (bearing housings) of rotodynamic pumps. Sign up deadline is noon on May 8, 2014. Read More

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Energy Systems Integration Facility named Lab of the Year.

April 4, 2014

Located on the campus of NREL in Golden, CO, Energy Systems Integration Facility has been named 2014 Laboratory of the Year. ESIF received international award for being a first-of-its-kind research user facility that merges 3 specialized components: an ultra-energy efficient workplace that consumes 74% less energy than the national average for office buildings, one of world's most energy efficient high performance computing data centers, and high-bay laboratory spaces with outdoor test areas. Read More

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Vehicle and Engine Company agrees to meet emission limits.

April 4, 2014

American Lifan Industry, Inc., an Ontario, California-based vehicle and engine importer, has agreed to ensure that future imports meet federal emission standards after illegally importing and selling nearly 28,000 highway motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and engines manufactured in China that did not comply with Clean Air Act standards to limit harmful pollution. Company will pay $630,000 in civil penalties and will also post a $300,000-$500,000 bond to satisfy any future potential penalties. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against All American.

April 4, 2014

FAA is proposing $51,651 civil penalty against All American Aviation Services, LLC for allegedly violating FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations. FAA alleges that All American allowed 8 employees to continue working in safety sensitive positions for more than 30 days after they were hired, even though company had not obtained drug and alcohol testing records from previous employers. FAA also alleges that company failed to comply with procedures for follow-up tests on 2 of these employees. Read More

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BIO Applauds Statue Dedication to Norman Borlaug.

April 3, 2014

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement celebrating "life and legacy" of American geneticist and plant pathologist Dr. Norman E. Borlaug – honored with statue and dedication ceremony in U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Borlaug led global agricultural evolution through research and advocacy for modern farming practices. He also helped reduce starvation via development of high-yield, disease-resistant crop varieties and modern agricultural systems. Read More

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BIO Releases clinical trial data sharing principles.

April 3, 2014

By releasing Principles on Clinical Trial Data Sharing, adopted by its Health Section Governing Board, BIO reaffirmed and broadened its commitment to improving human health through development of innovative therapies. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood cited how "responsible clinical trial data sharing advances public health and scientific discourse, honors research participants’ expectations of privacy through informed consent, and promotes biomedical innovation." Read More

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IPC Honors Volunteers for electronics industry contributions.

April 3, 2014

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® presented Committee Leadership, Distinguished Committee Service, and Special Recognition Awards at IPC APEX EXPO® 2014, which was held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. More than 150 awards recognized individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and electronics industry by lending their time and expertise through IPC committee service. Read More

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Governor Pence signs interchangeable biologic medicine bill.

April 2, 2014

BIO and the Indiana Health Industry Forum commend Indiana Governor, Mike Pence for signing legislation designed to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Policies outlined in Senate Bill 262 align with all 5 of BIO’s principles on biologic substitution. Bill seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. Read More

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Advanced Biofuel Producers are reaching commercialization.

April 2, 2014

During breakout sessions at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, May 12-15, 2014, advanced biofuel producers will discuss industry's progress toward commercial reality. Breakout Program Sessions will include: Progress in the Aviation Biofuels Industry; Commercialization of Drop-In Biofuels; DOE Bioenergy Research Centers Achievements; Next Wave of Commercial Cellulosic Projects; New Uses for CO2; and The Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Read More

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IPC Elects Officers, First-Term Member to Board of Directors.

April 2, 2014

Nominating and Governance Committee of IPC Board of Directors presented 4 candidates for election at IPC Annual Meeting today. Those elected as 2-year term board officers are Marc Peo (Chairman of the Board), Joe O’Neil (Vice Chairman), and Mikel Williams (Secretary/Treasurer). Steven Betza was elected as first-term Board director and will serve 4-year term. Outgoing Board chairman, Steve Pudles, will serve as Immediate Past Chair on IPC Board of Directors Executive Committee for 2 years. Read More