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BIO thanks Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) for extension legislation.

December 20, 2013

BIO expressed thanks to Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) for introducing the Second Generation Biofuel Extension Act of 2013, which provides a 1-year extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Credit and the Special Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property. According to Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section, extension of these tax provisions is needed to keep the playing field level for advanced biofuel companies commercializing innovative technologies. Read More

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EPA Program seeks to improve air quality in port communities.

December 20, 2013

EPA is announcing availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges. Available under Diesel Emission Reduction Act Program, grant competition is the first to focus solely on reducing emissions at ports. DERA funds are used to clean up legacy fleet of diesel engines that were produced before more recent environmental standards. Read More

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OncoMed Pharmaceuticals CEO testifies on behalf of BIO.

December 19, 2013

House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care & Entitlements held a hearing entitled, "FDA Check-Up: Drug Development and Manufacturing Challenges." Paul Hastings, Chairman and CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals and Chairman of BIO’s Emerging Companies Section Governing Board, presented testimony emphasizing the positive indicators that demonstrate the biopharma industry is rebounding, but significant financial and regulatory challenges remain. Read More

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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Index decreases slightly.

December 19, 2013

According to the Foundation, December 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry is 55.8, a decrease from November index of 56.9, reflecting industry concerns over uncertainty regarding capital expenditures and competitive market pressures in 2014. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 12% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, down from 17.2% in November, and 9% believe business conditions will worsen, up from 3.4%. Read More

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BIO CEO and Investor Conference to feature fireside chats.

December 19, 2013

Scheduled for Feb 10–11, 2014, 16th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference will include Fireside Chats featuring set of candid, one-on-one conversations between biopharma leaders and analysts, followed by interactive question and answer session. Five CEOs participating in 2014 Fireside Chats include Leonard Bell, M.D., of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Belén Garijo, M.D., of Merck Serono; Richard F. Pops of Alkermes plc; David E.I. Pyott of Allergan; and Christopher A. Viehbacher of Sanofi. Read More

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Trucking Associations propose sleeper berth pilot project.

December 19, 2013

American Trucking Associations and Minnesota Trucking Association petitioned Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct pilot program. In addition to examining potential benefits of sleeper berth flexibility for professional truck drivers, pilot project will look how technological improvements promote driver alertness/safety. According to Minnesota Trucking Association's John Hausladen, letting drivers break up 10 hr off-duty period into 2 shorter periods would be beneficial. Read More

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ASTM approves airborne nanoparticle measurement standard.

December 19, 2013

During manufacture of some products, there is potential for nanomaterials to become airborne, resulting in inhalation exposure to workers and consumers. ASTM E2864, Test Method for Measurement of Airborne Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Surface Area Concentration in Inhalation Exposure Chambers Using Krypton Gas Adsorption, provides clear steps to collect airborne nanomaterials and analyze them to determine their surface area, promoting safe development and use of nanomaterials. Read More

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EPA seeks Environmental Education Grant applications.

December 19, 2013

EPA is accepting applications for environmental education projects under agency's Environmental Education Grant Program. This program works to engage communities through variety of educational projects that have a lasting impact on people's health by facilitating environmental stewardship. Projects have engaged students in stream monitoring, created sustainable mentoring communities, and provided professional development to teachers on STEM subjects. Read More

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Fuel Economy of New Vehicles sets record high.

December 19, 2013

According to EPA's annual report that tracks average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the U.S., model year 2012 vehicles achieved all-time high fuel economy of 23.6 mpg, representing 1.2 mpg increase over previous year. Fuel economy has now increased in 7 of last 8 years. While EPA does not yet have final data for 2013, preliminary projections are that fuel economy will rise by 0.4 mpg, and carbon dioxide emissions will decrease by 6 grams/mile. Read More

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NFPA offers new ISO standard.

December 19, 2013

Available from NFPA, ISO 3320:2013 establishes a metric series of cylinder bores and piston rod diameters for hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and specifies for each pair of diameters a corresponding standard ratio between the useful areas. Standard helps manufacturers and users of cylinders by providing a globally agreed series of these dimensions and area ratios from which to select. Read More

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AMT announces dates for Smartforce Student Summit.

December 19, 2013

AMT has announced that the Smartforce Student Summit will take place Sept 8-13, during the week of IMTS 2014, which will be held in Chicago. Providing in-depth introduction to manufacturing, summit will feature interactive displays from leading national education organizations, manufacturing technology providers, career and technical schools, community colleges, and engineering schools. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit IMTS, North America’s largest industrial trade show. Read More

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SPI appoints sales agent for NPE2015 in Latin America.

December 19, 2013

SPI has appointed Montesino Technologies, Inc. as the sales agent for NPE2015 throughout Latin America. Produced by SPI, NPE2015 will take place on March 23–27, 2015 in Orlando, FL. Montesino is responsible for sales of exhibit space to Latin American companies and for supporting SPI’s program to attract more visitors from the region than for the previous NPE in 2012, which had record-breaking attendance by Latin Americans. Read More

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ASTM Sensory Evaluation Committee invites active participation.

December 18, 2013

Participation in encouraged for all parties interested in standards developing activities of Subcommittee E18.05 on Sensory Applications--General, which is responsible for sensory evaluation standard ASTM E1958, Guide for Sensory Claim Substantiation. Topics currently under discussion for future revisions include moving from regional to representative sampling as well as inclusion of new section on documentation in case of legal challenge. ASTM E1958 workshop is planned for fall 2014. Read More

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NREL seeks leaders for National Executive Energy Academy.

December 18, 2013

NREL is accepting applications for its 2014 Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs. Offered in 2 versions, program enables non-technical decision-makers to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing. Leadership Program is suited for executives interested in in-depth exploration of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, while Leadership Institute consists of shorter, condensed program. Read More

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EPA honors green chemistry award winners.

December 18, 2013

Through Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge program, EPA is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies that are contributing to use of chemicals and products that are safer for people’s health and environment. Awards are presented in 5 categories: academic, small business, greener synthetic pathways, greener reaction conditions, and designing greener chemicals. Winners include: Professor Richard Wool; Faraday Technology Inc.; Life Technologies; Dow Chemical Company; and Cargill, Inc. Read More

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EPA adds 9 hazardous waste sites to National Priorities List.

December 18, 2013

EPA is adding 9 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people's health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Established by Congress in 1980, Superfund program has provided important benefits, including reduction of threats to human health and ecological systems, improvement of economic conditions and quality of life in communities affected by hazardous waste sites, prevention of future releases of hazardous substances, and advances in science and technology. Read More

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Association completes Aluminum Standards and Data 2013.

December 18, 2013

Aluminum Association has finalized the 2013 edition of Aluminum Standards and Data, the preeminent reference for aluminum mill product standards and the most complete source of information on wrought aluminum. This edition includes updated chemical limits and mechanical property tables; revised terminology section; added color codes for alloy identification; modified density calculation procedure; and amended specifications section to improve cross referencing industry specifications. Read More

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US Technical Advisory Group to ANSI for SC31 names Chair.

December 18, 2013

AIM congratulates Chuck Evanhoe, President of Evanhoe & Associates, for his selection as the Chairman of ADC1 Technical Advisory Group, which is comprised of companies that support U.S. participation in the ISO/IEC standardization process for automatic identification and mobile technology. Mr. Evanhoe, whose firm is headquartered in Dayton, OH, has significant standards expertise and has served in a variety of leadership roles within the AIDC industry. Read More

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MESA International announces 2014 North American Conference.

December 18, 2013

MESA International is once again the Title Sponsor of IndustryWeek's Best Plants conference, set for May 5–7, 2014. As such, MESA will play vital role in event, moderating the Manufacturing Technology Strategies track, exhibiting in the Solutions Hall, and introducing keynote speakers. MESA will also hold its own NA Conference in conjunction with the IW event, offering MESA Global Education Program course, 4 unConference sessions, networking opportunities, and multiple speakers. Read More

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Economic Outlook for 2014 forecasts 3.1% growth in investment.

December 18, 2013

According to Annual 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 3.1% in 2014 as economic conditions solidify and business confidence continues to recover. Equipment investment is expected to grow across most verticals, but some sectors will outperform others. Focusing on $827 billion equipment leasing and finance industry, report forecasts 2014 equipment investment and capital spending in USA. Read More