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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

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Web-Based Tool aims to improve building energy performance.

March 11, 2014

NREL has developed a web-based tool to help users better understand energy performance of building-related products. The Technology Performance Exchange™ portal helps manufacturers and other organizations that measure and test products share performance data with product consumers. TPEx helps to reduce analysis uncertainty through use of data entry forms, which are standardized documents that identify minimum product-specific parameters needed to evaluate energy performance. Read More

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EPA sets cleaner fuel and car standards.

March 10, 2014

EPA finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also improving efficiency. Action will reduce standards for smog-forming VOCs and nitrogen oxides by 80%, establish 70% tighter particulate matter standard, and virtually eliminate fuel vapor emissions. Standards will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene by up to 30%, and reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60%. Read More

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Flando and Grealis named PMA Vice Presidents.

March 10, 2014

Andrew F. Flando, formerly group publisher and director of exhibitions, has been named VP of publishing and exhibitions, responsible for leading PMA’s publishing and tradeshow activities. Allison R. Grealis, formerly director of membership services, has been named VP of membership and association services, responsible for leading PMA’s membership acquisition and retention efforts, along with development and delivery of broad-based membership services available to member companies. Read More

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FAA proposes $55,125 civil penalty against helicopter company.

March 10, 2014

FAA is proposing $55,125 civil penalty against Whirlybird Helicopters LLC of Ogden, UT, for allegedly violating DOT's drug and alcohol testing regulations. FAA alleges Whirlybird failed to conduct pre-employment drug tests on 8 employees prior to their being hired to perform safety-sensitive functions on company’s helicopters, which it uses in commercial air tour operations. Agency also alleges 3 of these employees were not in Whirlybird’s random testing pool as required by DOT regulations. Read More

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AIA mourns loss of Dr. Assad Kotaite.

March 10, 2014

Universally known as master conciliator and consensus-builder, Dr. Kotaite served with the International Civil Aviation Organization for more than 50 years, including 30 years as elected President of the Council, making him the longest-tenured senior executive in the history of the United Nations. Dr. Kotaite’s dedication to the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation was a key factor in its phenomenal growth. The global aviation community will miss his visionary leadership. Read More