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FAA Makes Statement concerning Huerta v. Pirker appeal.

March 17, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued notice appealing decision by NTSB Administrative Law Judge in Huerta v. Pirker civil penalty case. Regarding its reasons for doing so, FAA stated its concern "that this decision could impact the safe operation of the national airspace system and the safety of people and property on the ground." Appealing decision of NTSB Administrative Law Judge to full National Transportation Safety Board will stay said decision until Board rules. Read More

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NEMA Congratulates MITA on Imaging Forward campaign launch.

March 17, 2014

NEMA congratulated Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) for its launch of Imaging Forward. This campaign highlights innovation in medical imaging technologies as well as impacts those advances have on patient care and healthcare delivery. As mentioned by NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, "the myriad advances that have fundamentally changed the practice of medicine and enhanced patient care are finally getting their due attention." Read More

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NTSB Determines Cause of WV natural gas pipeline rupture, fire.

March 17, 2014

According to report released by NTSB, 2012 rupture of a Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation natural gas pipeline in West Virginia was caused by external corrosion that could have been discovered by pipeline operator. Said pipeline had not been inspected or tested since 1988. If it had been inspected with inline tool, NTSB claims the rupture would likely have been avoided. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman emphasized importance of inspection and testing in locating defects early. Read More

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ATA Welcomes Trillium CNG as Featured Product partner.

March 14, 2014

Commenting on Trillium CNG becoming latest American Trucking Associations (ATA) Featured Product partner, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said "we're pleased that Trillium CNG will be helping ATA members take advantage of the many opportunities natural gas can present the trucking industry." In turn, Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher said Trillium CNG is excited to work with ATA and its membership to educate and promote benefits of switching to compressed natural gas." Read More

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AMT's Smartforce Rally Fighter to visit Chicagoland.

March 14, 2014

On April 16, 2014, AMT will be in Chicagoland with its Smartforce Rally Fighter at BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc. to help promote careers in manufacturing with the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Event is directed toward area parents and students and will explain what advanced manufacturing is in today’s economy with presentations, manufacturing technology demonstrations, and opportunities to talk to professionals in the field of tool making and manufacturing. Read More

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Coal Companies to spend $200 M to reduce water pollution.

March 14, 2014

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (Alpha), Alpha Appalachian Holdings, and 66 subsidiaries will spend estimated $200 million to install and operate wastewater treatment systems and implement system-wide upgrades to reduce discharges of pollution from coal mines. This settlement covers ~79 active mines and 25 processing plants in KY, PA, TN, VA, and WV. Additionally, companies will pay civil penalty of $27.5 million for thousands of permit violations under Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 402. Read More

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A4A commends Senate confirmation of Gil Kerlikowske.

March 14, 2014

A4A issued statement commending U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Gil Kerlikowske to serve as next Customs and Border Protection Commissioner. According to A4A President and CEO, Nicholas E. Calio, A4A looks forward to building on longstanding partnership with CBP under his leadership. As key drivers of jobs and the economy, airlines share Commissioner Kerlikowske’s commitment to enabling further efficiencies to facilitate movement of people and goods at U.S. gateways. Read More

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NTSB to examine safe transport of oil and ethanol by train.

March 14, 2014

On April 22–23, NTSB will hold public form that will examine the safety issues associated with transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail. Titled "Rail Safety: Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol," forum will explore DOT-111 tank car design, construction, and crash worthiness; rail operations and risk management strategies; emergency response challenges and best practices; and federal oversight. Read More

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MTConnect Institute Announces MoU with NCDMM.

March 13, 2014

As announced by MTConnect® Institute, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) will establish cooperative forum resulting in collaboration to continue defining, developing, and securing programs aimed at furthering MTConnect standard. MTConnect's Courtney Hill said "This MoU furthers our longstanding and strong relationship with NCDMM that began when AMT...formed the MTConnect Institute in 2009." Read More

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NEMA Commends House for passing Energy Efficiency Improvement Act.

March 13, 2014

NEMA commended U.S. House of Representatives on passing HR 2126, Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, by a vote of 375-36. Noting bi-partisanship in advancing this piece of "positive legislation," NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis applauded House's recognition of energy efficiency's importance in domestic energy economy as well as federal government's leadership in energy efficiency policy implementation. Read More

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A4A applauds Shuster-DeFazio legislation.

March 13, 2014

DOT's Full Fare Advertising Rule unfairly prohibits airlines and travel agents from providing full disclosure of government-imposed taxes and fees in advertised prices, thereby masking excessive federal tax rate on cost of air travel. A4A applauded legislation introduced by House Transportation Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), which ensures airline customers are aware of exactly how much of their ticket price goes to federal taxes. Read More

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AIA Claims FY15 Budget poses challenges for NextGen program.

March 13, 2014

Responding to President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request, AIA's Marion C. Blakey brought up FAA programs facing challenges. She noted Next Generation Air Transportation System modernization program, saying funding cuts pose new obstacles to meeting milestones. "The economic benefits of the NextGen program far outweigh the nominal budget gains that would be realized if the proposed cuts are enacted," said Blakey who also cited risks to safety, environment, and U.S. competitiveness. Read More

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BIO Honors Senator Stabenow as Legislator of the Year.

March 13, 2014

BIO Legislator of the Year award honored Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for her successful championship of reauthorization of Farm Bill energy programs as well as their expansion to include renewable chemicals. Citing Stabenow's unrelenting efforts, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood noted her "Grow It Here, Make It Here" initiative and called final Farm Bill "exactly the type of comprehensive policy making that supports long-term innovation and job creation." Read More

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EPRI to Transact First Credits in water trading project.

March 13, 2014

EPRI will facilitate trading of first stewardship credits for interstate water nutrients in USA. Marking historic milestone for only interstate and largest water quality trading project in world, event will take place March 11, 2014 in Cincinnati, OH. Those attending will learn about market-based approach for achieving water quality goals for nutrients through credit trading program as well as scientifically based approach to designing and developing markets for nutrient reduction credits. Read More

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A4A Urges Congress to reject air travel taxes proposal.

March 13, 2014

Airlines for America (A4A) opposes FY2015 White House budget proposal, which calls for $4.2 billion in higher and additional taxes on airlines and their customers. In addition to urging Members of Congress to say no to said proposal, A4A cited commercial aviation as key enabler of job growth and U.S. economic activity that could contribute at greater level if not impeded by excessive taxes and regulations. Tax burden on aviation and its customers has more than tripled since 1998. Read More

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EPA and CEC Partners announce NAPECA grant recipients.

March 13, 2014

U.S. EPA, Environment Canada, and Mexico Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources awarded $1.2 million in grants under the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program to help communities address environmental challenges. Of 18 grant recipients, 6 are from USA. Grants include efforts to support wastewater treatment, improve nutrition in local communities, and protect water quality at beaches. Read More

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EPA stops illegal import of vehicles.

March 13, 2014

A Chinese power sports company and its related U.S. distributor have agreed to recall and replace fuel tanks that will better control gasoline vapors in approximately 1,000 vehicles and take other steps to control pollution stemming from illegal import of over 12,000 recreational vehicles and highway motorcycles. EPA alleges that these vehicles were not certified, as required by the Clean Air Act, to meet federal emission standards. Companies will pay combined civil penalty of $725,000. Read More

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AIA Urges Security Threats to be Considered for FY15 budget.

March 11, 2014

In her statement regarding release of President's Budget Request for the Department of Defense, AIA's Marion C. Blakey cited Secretary Hagel's comment on choice between smaller but more technologically advanced military and retaining current size but not creating and deploying new capabilities. Blakey called allotted $154 billion "far less than what we need to maintain technological superiority" and noted that "these caps will force bad choices at a time of increasing global instability." Read More

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AIA is pleased with stable and steady investment in space.

March 11, 2014

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA is pleased to see that President Obama's proposed budget request for NASA in fiscal year 2015 continues stable investment in space programs for nation’s future while also making key investments in aeronautics, science, and technology development. At $17.5 billion, request is nearly even with last year’s request and is a significant increase over the $16.6 billion NASA received in 2013 under sequestration. Read More

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MetalForming Conference to address die design software.

March 11, 2014

MetalForming magazine, the flagship publication of PMA, announces The Die Design and Simulation Software Experience conference. Scheduled for May 28-29, 2014 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, event will include software demonstrations from leading suppliers, case-study presentations describing successful software-implementation projects, variety of keynote presentations, and social events to network with software experts and other conference participants. Read More