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EPA Awards Near $9 Million for work on improving water quality.

February 11, 2014

At 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants to 4 research institutions for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution. These grants support sustainable water research and demonstration projects consistent with strategy for managing nutrients and active community engagement throughout research process. Read More

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North American PCB Sales for 2013 end slightly below 2012.

February 11, 2014

December 2013 findings of North American PCB Statistical Program show sales ended year at -1.9% compared to 2012 and that book-to-bill ratio improved slightly to 0.92 but remains below parity. North American PCB shipments increased 2.2% from December 2012, and sales were up 6.6% over prior month. North American PCB bookings, which fell to -8.0% year over year, reduced yearly order growth to -1.1% below 2012. December bookings grew 17.7% over prior month. Read More

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Indiana Legislation ensures safe access to biosimilars.

February 10, 2014

BIO and Indiana Health Industry Forum commend Indiana State Senate for passing legislation designed to create pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Legislation ensures transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams. Policies outlined in the identical SB 262 align with BIO’s principles on biologic substitution, therefore BIO and IHIF support passage of this bill as it moves along for consideration by the Indiana House of Representatives. Read More

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Aerospace/Defense Manufacturing Podcasts address important issues.

February 10, 2014

Executive Insights Series, panel discussions on fundamental manufacturing issues, will be previewed in podcasts posted in advance of AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014. Panels include "Sequestration: OEM and Supplier Perspectives," "Cyber Security and Counterfeit Parts & Materials: An Escalating Global Challenge for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers," and "3D Modeling in Manufacturing: The Changing Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain and the Digital Innovation Imperative." Read More

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MEDC joins with THE BIG M to help move manufacturing forward.

February 10, 2014

Michigan Economic Development Corporation is partnering with THE BIG M Event, enabling attendees to experience the future of manufacturing, including Additive Manufacturing, Sustainability, 3D technology, and Cybersecurity. Representatives of virtually every industry will gather to discuss innovation, technology, and expansion of manufacturing in the State of Michigan. Both MEDC and SME view the long-term success of Michigan’s automotive industry as critical to the state and national economy. Read More

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FAA announces that India has been assigned Category 2 rating.

February 10, 2014

Based on a recent reassessment of the country's civil aviation authority, India has been assigned Category 2 rating under FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment program. This signifies that India's civil aviation safety oversight regime does not comply with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization. With Category 2 rating, India’s carriers can continue existing service to the U.S., but will not be allowed to establish new service to the U.S. Read More

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National Stormwater Calculator receives climate assessment update.

February 10, 2014

Phase II of National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package includes future climate vulnerability scenarios. Estimating annual amount of stormwater runoff from specific location, application includes changes in seasonal precipitation; effects of more frequent, high-intensity storms; and changes in evaporation rates based on climate change scenarios. Capabilities add to phase I release, which included local soil conditions, slope, land cover, and historical rainfall records. Read More

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EPA and Freddie Mac aim to cut multifamily building pollution.

February 10, 2014

Agreement signed between EPA's Energy Star® program and Freddie Mac will help cut carbon pollution while increasing affordability of multifamily housing properties. Memorandum of understanding outlines key strategies to make multifamily housing more affordable by encouraging building owners and tenants to benchmark their energy and water performance as well as take steps to improve efficiency. Read More

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Farm Bill provides overdue eligibility for renewable chemicals.

February 7, 2014

BIO thanked Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Rep. Frank Lukas (R-Okla.), and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) for supporting the Farm Bill energy programs. Conference report on the legislation contains $881 million in mandatory funding for the programs, long-overdue eligibility to renewable chemicals under Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program and Section 9007 Biomass Research and Development Program, and support for new purpose grown energy crops. Read More

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Two Thermostat Standards have been published by NEMA.

February 6, 2014

NEMA DC 3-2013 Residential Controls—Electrical Wall-Mounted Room Thermostats covers self-contained, electrical and electronic, wall-mounted room thermostats. Also available, NEMA DC 3 Annex A-2013 Energy-Efficiency Requirements for Programmable Thermostats contains performance requirements for programmable thermostats described as energy-efficient. Both documents, published by NEMA, are available for download or in hardcopy format. Read More

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First SPE ANTEC® in Middle East deemed a success.

February 6, 2014

SPE ANTEC Dubai 2014 technical conference concluded on note of optimism for SPE's strategy of taking its plastics educational program global. Co-organized by SPE’s Middle East Section and supported by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, ANTEC Dubai attracted 170 attendees to a program that included more than 60 original peer-reviewed technical presentations as well as workshops on injection molding and thermoforming. Read More

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BIO supports House passage of Farm Bill.

February 6, 2014

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood sent letter to Congress members urging passage of the Farm Bill, writing, "The Farm Bill conference report is a good bill that will drive the growth of America’s 21st Century bio-based economy." In particular, BIO supports Farm Bill provisions that provide eligibility to renewable chemicals under Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program; strengthen Biobased Markets Program to accelerate market awareness; and prioritize R&D on crop insurance options. Read More

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BIO submits official comments on proposed RFS rule.

February 6, 2014

In official comments, BIO emphasized that the EPA lacks authority to waive overall 2014 volume requirements for Renewable Fuel Standard, particularly when production and supply of advanced biofuels continues to grow. If EPA does lower biofuel volume requirements, it will undercut efforts to commercialize new cellulosic biofuel technologies just as they begin to enter the market. EPA should not put at risk the progress the advanced biofuel industry has made in commercializing new biofuels. Read More

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ASTM Asset Management Committee honors 2 longtime members.

February 6, 2014

ASTM International Committee E53 on Asset Management has initiated the Dieter-Hestermann award to recognize and honor future individuals who provide outstanding leadership and have made exemplary technical, practical, and administrative contributions to Committee E53 over continuous period of time. Inaugural recipients and namesakes of award are James M. Dieter, an asset management consultant at Ascot Associates in Vienna, VA, and Lyle Hestermann, a retired property manager from Fort Wayne, IN. Read More

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ASTM invites participation in developing ceiling standard.

February 6, 2014

Interested parties are invited to join in development of proposed standard that would be used during design and installation of suspended gypsum ceiling systems for commercial construction. ASTM WK44242, Practice for Installation of Metal Suspension Ceiling Systems for Gypsum Board Applications, will give manufacturers and contractors guideline for best seismic installation practice. Products described in standard are used in hospitals, schools, churches, retail, and other commercial spaces. Read More

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NEMA supports energy efficiency incentives in tax reform.

February 6, 2014

NEMA transmitted to Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Max Baucus, comments on the Energy Tax Reform Proposals he released last month. NEMA compliments the chairman for taking on the important challenge of comprehensive tax reform and goals of broadening the tax base, simplifying code, and lowering corporate income tax rate. At the same time, NEMA believes that achieving these goals must include incentives for energy efficiency, since the U.S. currently wastes more energy than it consumes. Read More

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SME works to address skilled labor gap.

February 4, 2014

SME has been working to address the skills gap through multi-pronged approach that focuses on stimulating interest in STEM at K-12 level; encouraging young adults and displaced workers to pursue a career in manufacturing; and providing ongoing advanced training for the current workforce that fits needs of manufacturers, academically and logistically. These programs and strategies are seeing strong results that can be replicated in other cities and states across the country. Read More

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AEM to appear at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014.

February 4, 2014

At upcoming CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 shows, AEM will focus on I Make America initiative, which pushes for pro-manufacturing policies that create jobs and help ensure America's economic vitality. To address equipment operator safety, AEM’s safety and training materials help develop safety-conscious habits, enhance productivity, and minimize downtime. AEM has also taken an industry lead to increase awareness of and communicate importance of compliance with EU REACH regulations. Read More

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ASTM Standards stress importance of particle size distribution.

February 4, 2014

Two proposed ASTM standards provide test methods for determining particle size. They include ASTM WK11776, Test Methods for Particle-Size Distribution (Gradation) of Fine-Grained Soils Using the Sedimentation (Hydrometer) Analysis, and ASTM WK38106, Test Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils Combining the Sieve and Sedimentation Techniques. Gradation is used to classify soils for engineering and agricultural purposes, since particle size influences how fast or slow fluids move through soil. Read More

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Pavement Standard aids in profilograph simulation programs.

February 3, 2014

ASTM E2955, Practice for Simulating Profilograph Response to Longitudinal Profiles of Traveled Surfaces, presents procedures for profilograph simulation programs currently in use by U.S. FAA and U.S. FHA. The profilograph has become one of the most popular devices used for quality control in construction of pavements, with many airfield and highway agencies adopting roughness indexes computed from profilographs as a measure of construction quality. Read More