U.S. EPA is releasing Clean Power Plan proposal, which cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time to protect public health, move USA toward cleaner environment, and fight climate change while supplying Americans with reliable and affordable power. As stated by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, "We don't have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment – our action will sharpen America’s competitive edge, spur innovation, and create jobs." Read More
U.S. EPA reached agreement with Reckitt Benckiser Inc. to stop production 12 d-CON mouse and rat poison products that do not currently comply with EPA safety standards by year's end and stop distribution to retailers by March 31, 2015. According to EPA's Jim Jones, "This voluntary move will get us far faster results than would otherwise be achieved through an administrative process." Jones also noted that "Canceling these products will help prevent risks to children, pets, and wildlife."
Professor Taysir Nayfeh, of Cleveland State University, received "Trailblazer in Copper Technology" award for his research in ultraconductive copper - a technology that could revolutionize how copper is used in applications ranging from aerospace in medium term to residential wiring in longer term. Professor Nayfeh's 3 years of exhaustive research have revealed that nanocarbon-in-copper composite materials have a conductivity that is more than twice that of pure copper. Read More
Prepared by analysts from NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), "A Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit Estimates of Renewable Portfolio Standards" reviews estimates of costs and benefits of compliance with Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in USA and explores how costs and benefits may evolve over time. Estimates can inform policymaker assessments of existing RPS policies, modifications to existing policies, and potential new policies. Read More
Regulatory exemptions asked for by 7 aerial photo and video production companies would allow film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval. Demand for commercial UAS operations could lead to economic benefits, but all associated safety issues must be considered. FAA has been working to implement provisions of Section 333 of FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and move forward with UAS integration before proposing small UAS rule. Read More
According to AED Chairman Tim Watters, Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act (H.R. 4237/S. 2345) will spur economic growth and job creation within construction equipment industry by generating up to $6 billion in demand and supporting nearly 1,000 employees over next decade. “The time is long overdue for substantial investment in water infrastructure projects," said Watters. This bill would lift state volume cap on private activity bonds for such projects. Read More
SPE Thermoforming Division seeks entries for its annual Parts Competition, which showcases latest advances in thermoforming design and application, and submission deadline is August 15, 2014. According to Steve Zamprelli, 2014 Parts Competition chair, SPE's expansion of this competition will "better represent the changes that are taking place in the thermoforming industry.” Purportedly, "The new categories will showcase advances in the repurposing of materials and ingenuity." Read More
Commending inclusion of energy efficiency as key provision in EPA's proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing electric power plants, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis praised notion that energy efficiency is included as part of USA's climate change strategy. By letting states use energy efficiency as means of compliance, proposed rule could increase demand for efficient electrical products that, in turn, support manufacturing sector jobs. Read More