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EPA recognizes over 400 federal facilities.

May 30, 2014

As part of the Federal Green Challenge, more than 400 federal facilities representing nearly 1.6 million federal employees are leading by example by taking steps to reduce the federal government’s environmental impact in 2013, resulting in estimated cost savings of more than $42 million to U.S. taxpayers. For example, by increasing recycling and composting alone in 2013, participating facilities had the equivalent impact of taking 196,000 cars off the road for one year. Read More

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NADCA praises bipartisan workforce development bill.

May 30, 2014

NADCA applauded members of Congress for coming together and releasing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Manufacturers have long called for an increased role in developing training and K-12 curricula. Bill will eliminate a number of outdated programs, improve accountability of job centers, and focus additional efforts towards on-the-job training activities. NADCA is calling on Senate to quickly move on WIOA bill to help manufacturers fill thousands of skilled jobs. Read More

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Sika and Franklin Intl. Execs join ASC Board of Directors.

May 30, 2014

Steve Rosenberg, Senior VP at Sika Corporation and Forest Driggs, VP at Franklin International have joined ASC Board of Directors, effective immediately. Replacing Steve Harms, Steve Rosenberg has worked with Sika Corporation since 1991, and is currently Senior Vice President, Risk, Quality and Sustainability Management. Forest Driggs, replacing Larry Owen, joined Franklin International in 1995 and has work experience in both the Adhesives and Polymers Group and Construction Products Group. Read More

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Airlines for America urge DOT to put customers first.

May 29, 2014

A4A issued statement regarding DOT's Proposed Rulemaking. According A4A, airlines strongly support full transparency and already ensure that all pricing information is available as defined by DOT's previous consumer rule. By proposing that airlines provide information on some ancillary options to duopoly of GDS providers, DOT's rule would further increase airline expense, and force airlines to pass on additional costs to customers in form of higher fares or reduced levels of air service. Read More

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Task Force partners with 12 land grant universities.

May 29, 2014

Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force announced partnership with 12 land grant universities to support state-level strategies to curb water pollution. Agreement is the first for the task force with non-governmental entities. Hypoxia Task Force is a partnership of 5 federal agencies, tribes, and environmental quality, agricultural, and conservation agencies from 12 basin states working to address nutrient pollution and the hypoxic zone, or dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More

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Technique nondestructively determines coating thickness.

May 28, 2014

Anis Rahman, founder of Applied Research and Photonics, Inc., and his son Aunik, have developed way to measure thickness of paint layers and size of particles embedded inside. Technique uses terahertz reflectometry, in which beam of terahertz-frequency radiation is fired onto paint. Unlike conventional methods, paint remains undamaged making technique useful for variety of applications, from cars to artifacts to cancer detection. Researchers will describe work at CLEO: 2014 being held June 8–13. Read More

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THE BIG M Event will address skills gap in manufacturing.

May 28, 2014

Produced by SME, THE BIG M will take place June 9–12, 2014 in Detroit, MI with focus on how to close skills gap in order for American manufacturers to remain competitive. Events of June 12 will include several panels and breakout sessions on obtaining and training skilled and capable workforce, talent retention, and coping with skills gap. According to SME's Jeannine Kunz, increases in technology call for workforce with evolving skill set equipped to handle associated complexities. Read More

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Advanced Biofuel Producers express concern over 2014 RFS.

May 28, 2014

Led by Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), 33 advanced biofuel companies addressed President Barack Obama via letter to express concern about proposed rule for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "The RFS is necessary," the letter argued, "because the highly consolidated, vertically integrated oil industry is not otherwise going to allow market access for renewable fuels." Talking points included prior investments and expectations. Read More