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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

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Global Design Contest challenges engineers and students.

March 10, 2014

Produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, 12th annual "Create the Future" Design Contest is open and runs through July 1, 2014. For this event, participants create innovative new product idea that benefits society and economy for opportunity to receive global recognition and $20,000. This year’s categories include Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical Products, and Sustainable Technologies. Read More

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AMT applauds new manufacturing hubs in Illinois and Michigan.

March 7, 2014

President Obama announced the next expansion of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation with The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, to be located in Chicago. DMDI will change the way America does manufacturing by focusing on democratization and data integration across the supply chain. Announcement coincided with news of another manufacturing hub, the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute, to be located in Canton, MI. Read More

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IREC Seeks Comments on clean energy certificate program standard.

March 7, 2014

To rectify marketplace confusion and workforce skills inconsistency, IREC is developing IREC Standard 14732:201X General Requirements for the Accreditation of Clean Energy Certificate Programs. IREC identified need to differentiate between certification and certificate programs as well as describe best practices and requirements that form foundation for accrediting clean energy certificate programs. Parties are encouraged to comment on this standard until April 14, 2014. Read More

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NEMA publishes standards for panelboards and switchboards.

March 7, 2014

ANSI/NEMA PB 1.1-2013 provides general instructions for proper handling, installation, operation, and maintenance of panelboards, which are used in the distribution of electricity at 600 V or less with 1,600 A mains or less and 1,200 A branch circuits or less. Another standard, ANSI/NEMA PB 2.1-2013, provides general instructions for proper handling, installation, operation, and maintenance of deadfront distribution switchboards rated 600 V or less and 6,000 A or less. Read More

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NEMA Assistant VP honored with IEEE Senior membership.

March 7, 2014

NEMA announced that its Assistant Vice President of Operations, John Caskey, has been named an IEEE Senior member. This honor is bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the electrical engineering profession. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. Read More

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Registration now open for 2014 HI Technical Meeting.

March 6, 2014

Scheduled for June 25–27, 2014 Hydraulic Institute Technical Meeting offers venue for interested members to volunteer their expertise and join technical committees which create ANSI/HI Standards, technical guidelines, and reports for pumps and pumping systems. Some meeting highlights will include: Department of Energy Update; Pump Test Lab Approval and Pump Labeling; Pump Efficiency Prediction; Pump Knowledge Workshops; and Structured Authoring Training Session. Read More

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IREC Applauds Interconnection Improvement recommended for MA.

March 6, 2014

Massachusetts Technical Standards Review Group (TSRG) provided its recommendation to Department of Public Utilities (DPU) regarding appropriate penetration screen to use for Massachusetts' supplemental review process within its interconnection tariff. TSRG recommended DPU use 100% of minimum load as penetration screen rather than current 67%, and IREC commends such careful deliberation of this issue and TSRG's support of moving to 100% of minimum load.
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NASA and JAXA launch satellite to measure global rain and snow.

March 6, 2014

Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launched into space on Feb 27 from Japan. GPM will help experts understand ever-changing climate, improve forecasts of extreme weather events like floods, and assist decision makers around the world to better manage water resources. While TRMM measured precipitation in the tropics, GPM Core Observatory expands coverage area from Arctic Circle to Antarctic Circle. Read More

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Inaugural IPC TechSummit combines 3 IPC conferences.

March 6, 2014

Scheduled for Oct 28-30, 2014, IPC TechSummit™ will include focus on innovation, reliability, and leadership. Summit will provide educational and networking opportunities as well as panel discussions to help participants identify solutions to common and not-so-common technology, process, and business challenges. Over course of 3 days, IPC TechSummit will combine Electronic System Technologies Conference, Tin Whiskers Conference, and Leadership Conference. Read More

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AIA welcomes Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

March 6, 2014

According to statement by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA welcomes Obama's announcement of two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes. It demonstrates a clear commitment on the part of the administration to strengthen American manufacturing and invest in innovative new technologies that will grow the economy and support national security. AIA is encouraged that so many member companies are already fully engaged with this initiative. Read More