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NEMA supports proactive approach toward grid resilience.

July 3, 2014

NEMA commends NIST and its proactive approach toward improving grid resilience through its Community Disaster Resilience Program and series of workshops that will develop community-scale disaster resilience framework. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, one way to ensure continued operation of critical facilities when power interruptions occur is to employ microgrids, energy storage, and decentralized generation. NIST’s next Disaster Resilience Workshop will be held July 30. Read More

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FAA announces aviation safety rating for Republic of Serbia.

July 3, 2014

FAA announced that the Republic of Serbia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and has been granted Category 1 rating. With International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 1 rating, Republic of Serbia's air carriers, which are able to secure requisite FAA and DOT authority, can establish service to the United States and carry code of U.S. carriers. The Republic of Serbia currently has no carriers providing service to the United States. Read More

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EPA proposes approval of new climate-friendly refrigerants.

July 3, 2014

In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA is proposing to increase options for refrigerants in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. Proposed action would expand list of substitutes approved by EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy to include more low-global warming potential alternatives that can replace both ozone-depleting substances and high-GWP hydrofluorocarbons. Read More

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Governor Patrick supports interchangeable biologic medicine bill.

July 3, 2014

BIO and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council commend Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for signing legislation designed to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. House Bill 3734 seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. BIO will continue to advocate for full transparency in the substitution process. Read More

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BIO elects new board members and officers.

July 2, 2014

BIO has announced re-election of Rachel King, President and CEO, GlycoMimetics, Inc., as Chair of its Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term. BIO also elected Dan Junius, President and CEO, ImmunoGen, as its new Board Treasurer, and re-elected David Pyott, Chairman, President and CEO, Allergan, Inc., as Board Secretary. In addition, BIO elected 10 new members to its Board of Directors, and the Board elected 19 of its Directors to serve on BIO's Board Executive Committee for new term. Read More

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EPA releases final risk assessment on Trichloroethylene.

July 2, 2014

Developed as part of Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan, EPA's final assessment identifies health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives. It also identifies health risks to workers when TCE is used as degreaser in small commercial shops and as stain removing agent in dry cleaning. EPA developed draft based on best available information and finalized assessment after consideration of comments from public and experts during peer review. Read More

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National Bioscience Report shows robust industry.

July 2, 2014

Analyzing U.S. bioscience industry growth over last 11 years, Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014 report reveals positive trends. Industry demonstrated strong record of growth from 2001–2012, has navigated deep economic recession better than most industries, and is once again growing. State-by-state industry assessment finds U.S. bioscience firms directly employ 1.62 million people, a figure that includes nearly 111,000 new, high-paying jobs created since 2001. Read More

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AED Chairman Watters Reprimands Congress for neglecting highways.

July 2, 2014

At press conference on Capitol Hill, AED 2014 Chairman Tim Watters said that federal highway program crisis threatens to take human and economic toll on construction equipment industry. Watters specifically cited looming collapse as threatening 4,000 jobs at construction equipment dealerships tied to road and bridge work and 700,000 jobs in broader construction industry. "Give us a highway bill. And give us the infrastructure the U.S. economy needs to function," Watters concluded. Read More