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Metal Recycler required to invest in company-wide protections.

December 31, 2013

AL Solutions, a West Virginia-based metal recycler, has agreed to implement extensive, company-wide safeguards to prevent future accidental releases of hazardous chemicals from its facilities, resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from an explosion at the company’s New Cumberland facility that killed 3 people. Among other requirements, company must use advanced monitoring technology, including hydrogen monitoring and IR cameras, to assess hazardous chemical storage areas. Read More

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RIA Announces Details, Keynote Speakers for 2014 convention.

December 30, 2013

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) will hold International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo in Orlando, FL from April 9–11, 2014. Opening keynote address – overview of property insurance industry that will address what matters most to insurers as well as identify metrics and measurements they follow – will be delivered by Chip Lackey on April 10. Bryan Koon will deliver second keynote address, "A Big-Picture View of Emergency Management," on April 11. Read More

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SPE Seeks Nominations for Thermoformer of the Year Award.

December 30, 2013

SPE Thermoforming Division seeks nominations for Thermoformer of the Year Award, which recognizes significant contribution to thermoforming industry in technical, educational, or managerial capacity. Deadline for nomination is January 31, 2014, and nominees will be evaluated and reviewed with due consideration given to each nominee's industry contributions along with professional society affiliations, publications, patents, honors, and other achievements in plastics field. Read More

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Energy Company to pay $3.2 million civil penalty.

December 30, 2013

Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, will spend EPA-estimated $6.5 million to restore 27 sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands and to implement plan to comply with federal and state water protection laws at company’s natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia, many of which involve hydraulic fracturing. Company will also pay civil penalty of $3.2 million for violations of the Clean Water Act, under Section 404 program. Read More

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EPA Rule provides clear pathway for using CCS technologies.

December 30, 2013

U.S. EPA issued final rule that helps create consistent national framework to ensure safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies. Rule clarifies that carbon dioxide streams captured from emission sources, injected underground via UIC Class VI wells approved for purpose of geologic sequestration under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and meeting certain other conditions, will be excluded from EPA’s hazardous waste regulations. Read More

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NEMA Supports Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure in Madison, WI.

December 30, 2013

NEMA commended City of Madison Common Council for taking first step towards making Madison more energy-efficient by introducing energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis called eliminating energy waste in buildings "good business for building and business owners" and also pointed out its benefit to Wisconsin's manufacturing sector." NEMA's 400+ members companies have 55 manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and employ ~6,000 people. Read More

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Two ISPE Studies were cited in FDA statement to Congress.

December 30, 2013

In her statement associated with her testimony to U.S. Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, Janet Woodcock cited 2 ISPE studies – survey conducted by ISPE UK Affiliate's Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Community of Practice, and Drug Shortages Survey report – to advocate use of Quality by Design (QbD) to enhance development capability and reduce manufacturing costs while ensuring quality drug products. Read More

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BIO announces presenting companies for annual conference.

December 30, 2013

BIO announced preliminary list of presenting companies for the 16th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference to be held Feb 10-11, 2014 in New York City. Presenting companies are hand-selected for event, and consist of mid- to large-cap established public as well as late-stage private companies worldwide. Companies typically have a clinical stage program centered around therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, or a platform technology, as well as upcoming clinical, regulatory, or corporate catalyst. Read More

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IPC to hold conflict minerals workshops.

December 30, 2013

IPC has partnered with consulting firm Tetra Tech to offer one-day conflict minerals workshop to help companies prepare for conflict minerals reporting and customer inquiries prior to May 31, 2014 U.S. SEC reporting deadline. Instructors will review SEC conflict minerals rule and Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in detail, providing compliance roadmap for workshop attendees. Additional topics include: OEM programs and requirements; conducting RCOI; and IPC-1755, EICC/GeSI reporting template. Read More

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ELFA Economic Activity Survey is available for November 2013.

December 30, 2013

Reporting economic activity from 25 companies representing cross section of $827 billion equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed overall new business volume for November 2013 was $6.6 billion (3% up from November 2012). Month-over-month, new business volume was down 13% from October, and year to date volume increased 5% compared to 2012. Separately, Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for December is 55.8 – down from November's 56.9. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses oil/gas wastewater transfer pipe.

December 30, 2013

ASTM WK44033, Specification for Fluid Composite Transfer Pipe and Fittings, will cover requirements and test methods for a new type of pipe used for general water transport at industrial, mining, and oil/gas field applications for well-site transmission of influent, fracking flowback, and wastewater, at up to 250 psi working pressures. Once approved, it will be used or referenced by federal and state regulatory agencies to maintain high quality, leak-free pipe installations. Read More

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Florida Pesticide Producer to pay $1.7 million penalty.

December 27, 2013

EPA announced that Harrell's LLC, a pesticide producer based in Lakeland, FL, has agreed to pay $1,736,560 in civil penalties for violating FIFRA by allegedly distributing and selling pesticides over 350 times without labels or with labels that were illegible. EPA also alleged that the company distributed or sold pesticides in violation of a prior "stop sale" order issued by EPA, and produced large amounts of pesticides over several years at its Alabama facility before registering with the EPA. Read More

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AIA commends passage of Bipartisan Budget Deal of 2013.

December 27, 2013

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA applauds the hard work and dedication of Congress to reach an agreement that will help reduce negative impacts of sequestration during the next two years. AIA is pleased that not only will this provide some sequestration relief, it will also allow the appropriations process to proceed and develop a real budget for the remainder of this fiscal year and next so that a long term continuing resolution is not necessary. Read More

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Rick Barnard has been recognized with Lyman Award.

December 27, 2013

Rick Barnard, a founder of Defense News, Space News, and Civil Aviation News and founding editor of Defense News, received 2013 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. Acknowledged as expert on defense and federal management, Barnard's journalism career spanned 30 years. Under his direction, Defense News twice received Gerald R. Ford Foundation award. Barnard has also received National Press Club award for excellence in consumer reporting. Read More

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Hand-Held Device catches early signs of retinal disease.

December 27, 2013

Scanning patient's entire retina in seconds, hand-held optical device could aid primary care physicians in early detection of retinal diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Device combines ultrahigh-speed 3-D imaging, tiny MEMS mirror for scanning, and technique to correct for unintentional movement by patient. Researchers at MIT describe their ophthalmic-screening instrument in paper published in The Optical Society's Biomedical Optics Express journal. Read More

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ASTM NDT Committee honors Robert Hardison for achievements.

December 27, 2013

Recognizing years of service and dedication toward developing international standards for nondestructive testing industry, ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing honored Robert Hardison with Lifetime Achievement Award. Hardison, ASTM member since 1967, led E07 as chairman for two consecutive terms, initiated establishment of Subcommittee E07.95 on Long-Range Planning, and served terms on ASTM board of directors and Standing Committee on Technical Committee Operations. Read More

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Inspiring Innovations highlighted at 2014 International CES.

December 27, 2013

Scheduled to run from January 7–10 in Las Vegas, 2014 CES will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling latest consumer technology products and services across 15 product categories. Event will include exhibits, conferences, and TechZones that highlight latest emerging trends. Innovations range from driverless cars, 3D printing, and Ultra HD TV, to health technologies, Internet of Things, and wearable technologies. Read More

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NEMA supports energy efficiency incentives in tax reform.

December 27, 2013

Commenting on Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus’ energy tax reform proposals, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis stated that measures to incentivize energy efficiency—which regrettably are not included in current draft—are vital components of any plan to cut emissions and increase energy security. U.S. wastes more energy than it consumes, which is why NEMA has proposed a technology-neutral package of tax incentives for energy efficiency in buildings, factories, and the electric grid. Read More

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ASTM seeks papers for Wildland-Urban Interface Fire symposium.

December 27, 2013

Papers are invited for symposium on Structure Ignition in Wildland-Urban Interface Fires, to be held June 18-19, 2015. Of particular interest are research studies that may provide scientific basis for cost-effective building codes/standards as well as retrofit strategies to reduce structures lost in fires. These could include post-fire/case studies; experimental structure ignition and ember accumulation studies; WUI exposure computer modeling studies, and studies evaluating mitigation strategies. Read More

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Congressman Schneider holds town meeting at IPC headquarters.

December 27, 2013

With a background in engineering, Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) held a town hall meeting at IPC headquarters to hear about issues that concerned IPC employees and to answer their questions. Congressman addressed topics ranging from education to conflict minerals to jobs and the economy. On a question about the negative trend in manufacturing in the U.S., Schneider believes growth is possible, by investing in the infrastructure with a focus on science and technology. Read More