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Expert Says EPA Toxic Substances Rules discourage recycling.

February 12, 2014

Dr. Brent Grazman, speaking for 2,000+ U.S. electronics manufacturers, brought up industry concerns related to how EPA implemented Section 8 of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Pointing out how "EPA's treatment of manufacturing byproducts does not reflect sound priorities," Grazman noted how EPA's interpretation of TSCA causes byproducts to be considered as new chemicals if sent for recycling and how that creates compliance burden for substances already regulated under other statutes. Read More

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EPA 2012 TRI shows air pollutants continue to decline.

February 12, 2014

According to U.S. EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report, releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12% from 2011–2012. This includes 8% decline in total toxic air releases due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions. Data on 2012 shows 3.63 billion lb of toxic chemicals were disposed of or otherwise released into environment through air, water, and land. Between 2011 and 2012, toxic releases into surface water decreased 3% and toxic releases to land decreased 16%. Read More

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IPC Apex Expo 2014 will spotlight changing technologies.

February 12, 2014

Focusing on examples of changing technologies currently riving electronics industry, IPC APEX EXPO® technical conference will take place March 25–27, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Event's theme, "New Ideas … For New Horizons," will be bolstered by industry experts presenting 100 technical papers detailing original research and innovations in areas of board fabrication and design, electronics assembly, and test. Attendees will be able to learn about advancements in several areas. Read More

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Media-Oriented Webinar to offer training on EPA's TRI database.

February 12, 2014

EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program will offer training on release of their 2012 national analysis on February 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm. This will include overview of TRI program, discussion of highlights from most recent TRI data on toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities, as well as illustration pertaining to how public can use TRI tools to find out what releases are occurring in their areas. Open to credential media, webinar will also host Q&A session. Read More

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ASTM Develops Standard for central vacuum cleaner performance.

February 11, 2014

ASTM F2826, Test Method for Evaluating the Sustained Air Performance and Exhaust Emissions of Central Vacuum Cleaning Units, was developed by Subcommittee F11.22 on Air Performance. This standard will help manufacturers determine how well their products will perform over time, identify areas in which they might improve their designs, and provide sensible, test-based advertising claims. Interested parties are welcome to participate in developing F11.22 standards. Read More

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NEMA publishes roadway and area lighting equipment standard.

February 11, 2014

NEMA published ANSI C136.41-2013 For Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment–Dimming Control Between an External Locking Type Photocontrol and Ballast or Driver. Standard describes methods of light level control between external locking type photocontrol (or similar device) and dimmable ballast or driver for street and area lighting equipment. Mechanical, electrical, and marking requirements are established for dimming, locking type photocontrols, and mating receptacles. Read More

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AIA Makes Announcement for 2014 Board appointees.

February 11, 2014

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) appointed Michael T. Strianese, Chairman and President and CEO of L-3 Communications, as Chairman of AIA's Board of Governors for 2014. David L. Joyce, President and CEO of GE Aviation, will serve as Vice Chairman for 2014. Reappointments include Marion C. Blakey as President and CEO and Ginette C. Colot as Secretary-Treasurer. Additionally, there were 15 members named for Executive Committee for 2014 and 57 members for Board of Governors for 2014. Read More

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NFPA Creates Fluid Power Industry Forum at IFPE 2014.

February 11, 2014

Serving as gathering place for NFPA members and other IFPE attendees, NFPA's booth (S81730) at IFPE 2014 will be available for meetings between industry colleagues and customers. Reception will be held March 5 at 5:00 pm, and booth will be open to help attendees learn about NFPA's activities in support of its strategic plan's focus on workforce, technology, and inclusiveness. On March 6 NFPA will host 2014 International Fluid Power Summit and International Statistics Committee meeting. Read More

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EPA Awards Near $9 Million for work on improving water quality.

February 11, 2014

At 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants to 4 research institutions for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution. These grants support sustainable water research and demonstration projects consistent with strategy for managing nutrients and active community engagement throughout research process. Read More

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North American PCB Sales for 2013 end slightly below 2012.

February 11, 2014

December 2013 findings of North American PCB Statistical Program show sales ended year at -1.9% compared to 2012 and that book-to-bill ratio improved slightly to 0.92 but remains below parity. North American PCB shipments increased 2.2% from December 2012, and sales were up 6.6% over prior month. North American PCB bookings, which fell to -8.0% year over year, reduced yearly order growth to -1.1% below 2012. December bookings grew 17.7% over prior month. Read More

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Indiana Legislation ensures safe access to biosimilars.

February 10, 2014

BIO and Indiana Health Industry Forum commend Indiana State Senate for passing legislation designed to create pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Legislation ensures transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams. Policies outlined in the identical SB 262 align with BIO’s principles on biologic substitution, therefore BIO and IHIF support passage of this bill as it moves along for consideration by the Indiana House of Representatives. Read More

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Aerospace/Defense Manufacturing Podcasts address important issues.

February 10, 2014

Executive Insights Series, panel discussions on fundamental manufacturing issues, will be previewed in podcasts posted in advance of AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014. Panels include "Sequestration: OEM and Supplier Perspectives," "Cyber Security and Counterfeit Parts & Materials: An Escalating Global Challenge for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers," and "3D Modeling in Manufacturing: The Changing Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain and the Digital Innovation Imperative." Read More

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MEDC joins with THE BIG M to help move manufacturing forward.

February 10, 2014

Michigan Economic Development Corporation is partnering with THE BIG M Event, enabling attendees to experience the future of manufacturing, including Additive Manufacturing, Sustainability, 3D technology, and Cybersecurity. Representatives of virtually every industry will gather to discuss innovation, technology, and expansion of manufacturing in the State of Michigan. Both MEDC and SME view the long-term success of Michigan’s automotive industry as critical to the state and national economy. Read More

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FAA announces that India has been assigned Category 2 rating.

February 10, 2014

Based on a recent reassessment of the country's civil aviation authority, India has been assigned Category 2 rating under FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment program. This signifies that India's civil aviation safety oversight regime does not comply with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization. With Category 2 rating, India’s carriers can continue existing service to the U.S., but will not be allowed to establish new service to the U.S. Read More

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National Stormwater Calculator receives climate assessment update.

February 10, 2014

Phase II of National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package includes future climate vulnerability scenarios. Estimating annual amount of stormwater runoff from specific location, application includes changes in seasonal precipitation; effects of more frequent, high-intensity storms; and changes in evaporation rates based on climate change scenarios. Capabilities add to phase I release, which included local soil conditions, slope, land cover, and historical rainfall records. Read More

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EPA and Freddie Mac aim to cut multifamily building pollution.

February 10, 2014

Agreement signed between EPA's Energy Star® program and Freddie Mac will help cut carbon pollution while increasing affordability of multifamily housing properties. Memorandum of understanding outlines key strategies to make multifamily housing more affordable by encouraging building owners and tenants to benchmark their energy and water performance as well as take steps to improve efficiency. Read More

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Farm Bill provides overdue eligibility for renewable chemicals.

February 7, 2014

BIO thanked Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Rep. Frank Lukas (R-Okla.), and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) for supporting the Farm Bill energy programs. Conference report on the legislation contains $881 million in mandatory funding for the programs, long-overdue eligibility to renewable chemicals under Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program and Section 9007 Biomass Research and Development Program, and support for new purpose grown energy crops. Read More

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Two Thermostat Standards have been published by NEMA.

February 6, 2014

NEMA DC 3-2013 Residential Controls—Electrical Wall-Mounted Room Thermostats covers self-contained, electrical and electronic, wall-mounted room thermostats. Also available, NEMA DC 3 Annex A-2013 Energy-Efficiency Requirements for Programmable Thermostats contains performance requirements for programmable thermostats described as energy-efficient. Both documents, published by NEMA, are available for download or in hardcopy format. Read More

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First SPE ANTEC® in Middle East deemed a success.

February 6, 2014

SPE ANTEC Dubai 2014 technical conference concluded on note of optimism for SPE's strategy of taking its plastics educational program global. Co-organized by SPE’s Middle East Section and supported by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, ANTEC Dubai attracted 170 attendees to a program that included more than 60 original peer-reviewed technical presentations as well as workshops on injection molding and thermoforming. Read More

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BIO supports House passage of Farm Bill.

February 6, 2014

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood sent letter to Congress members urging passage of the Farm Bill, writing, "The Farm Bill conference report is a good bill that will drive the growth of America’s 21st Century bio-based economy." In particular, BIO supports Farm Bill provisions that provide eligibility to renewable chemicals under Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program; strengthen Biobased Markets Program to accelerate market awareness; and prioritize R&D on crop insurance options. Read More