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NREL Industry Group to explore solar lending potential.

May 16, 2014

NREL recently convened the Banking on Solar working group, which comprises more than 50 members representing solar, banking, legal, regulatory, and financial industries, among others. Group's principal efforts center on standardizing contracts and underwriting processes, as well as educating banks and regulators about risks and rewards of solar asset class. Goal is to reduce barriers to entry for banks that wish to diversify their asset base and invest in a market with high growth potential. Read More

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PMMI talks North American pharmaceutical trends at Interpack.

May 16, 2014

PMMI addressed top trends in robotics, traceability, and retail ready packaging at interpack. According to PMMI's study on robot usage and trends, robots are projected to be used for 27% of primary package for medical devices by 2018, compared to just 3% in 2013. For pharmaceuticals, robots are expected to handle 34% of primary packaging operations, up from 21% in 2013. PMMI has launched Top101Innovators.com online platform to help interpack attendees connect with technology providers. Read More

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EPA adds 7 hazardous waste sites to National Priorities List.

May 16, 2014

EPA is adding 7 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people's health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. Superfund cleanups also help economic well-being of communities by turning formerly idle properties into productive community assets that can broaden tax bases, create jobs, and enhance property values. Read More

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Biofuel Groups welcome Court of Appeals decision in RFS case.

May 15, 2014

U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit rejected petition by Monroe Energy, LLC challenging EPA's 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards. After EPA reduced cellulosic biofuel volume for 2013, Monroe Energy challenged EPA’s decision not to reduce renewable fuel and advanced biofuel volumes by same or lesser amount. Court rejected Monroe Energy’s argument and reaffirmed Congress’s directive that EPA ensure that U.S. transportation fuel contains at least the volumes provided in statute. Read More

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National Research Council praises EPA IRIS program enhancements.

May 14, 2014

U.S. EPA actions to improve its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, which provides information regarding health effects of environmental contaminants, were applauded in report by National Academies' NRC. Specifically, report commends EPA for its substantive new approaches, continued commitment to improving process, as well as successes thus far. NRC expects completion of planned revisions "in a timely way" and that said revisions will "transform the IRIS program." Read More

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Technology Influencers Provide Insight at CES Unveiled Warsaw.

May 14, 2014

Scheduled to be held in conjunction with 5th Innovative Economy Congress, Inaugural CES Unveiled Warsaw will take place June 17, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland and feature breaking news about the 2015 International CES® as well as targeted market research and exhibitors showcasing tech innovations. CEA's Gary Shapiro will keynote 5th Innovative Economy Congress and serve on Disruptive Technology Innovation Panel. Programming will also include CES press conference and market research presentation. Read More

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BIO welcomes White House National Climate Assessment.

May 14, 2014

BIO welcomes release of White House National Climate Assessment, because tools of biotechnology are necessary to help mitigate impacts of climate change on human health, energy, and agricultural production. According to recent BIO study, EPA's proposed rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard would increase carbon emissions for 2014 and significantly reverse progress U.S. has made in reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector that is noted in the National Climate Assessment. Read More

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International CES launches call for speakers.

May 14, 2014

International CES® today announced its "Call for Speakers" for the 2015 International CES®, which returns to Las Vegas, NV, January 6–9, 2015. Conference boasts talents and expertise of industry speakers through 250 cutting-edge sessions, empowering attendees with knowledge to stay at forefront of innovation. Event will also feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services. Speaker proposals will be accepted through 5 pm EDT, June 13, 2014. Read More