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Texas Chemical Plant agrees to cut harmful air pollution.

March 27, 2014

Department of Justice and U.S. EPA announced that Flint Hills Resources of Port Arthur agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at chemical plant in Port Arthur, TX. This settlement came about as part of EPA's national effort to protect communities that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution. Company is also required to pay $350,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations. Read More

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North American Acid Manufacturer will reduce emissions.

March 26, 2014

As announced by U.S. EPA and Department of Justice, LSB Industries Inc. (LSB) and 4 of its subsidiaries have agreed to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by meeting emission limits at plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Total penalty of $725,000 is also due to resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act and applicable Oklahoma state law. Additionally, companies must continuously monitor emissions and make any necessary operational improvements. Read More

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Shrink Wrap may help detect infectious disease biomarkers.

March 26, 2014

A new nanotechnology method—employing common, everyday shrink wrap—may make highly sensitive, low-cost diagnosis of infectious disease agents possible. Described in paper co-authored by Michelle Khine, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine, and published in The Optical Society's journal Optical Materials Express, technique offers way to significantly boost signal of fluorescent markers used in biosensing, by depositing combination of metals onto shrink wrap. Read More

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RAPID Conference and Exposition adds presentations and space.

March 26, 2014

Validating the rising interest in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, 2014 RAPID Conference & Exposition will have the largest exhibit floor in its 24-year history. Event has added 4 topic areas to previous 9; 20 new presentations for total of 95; and new, hands-on demos and activities. Some topics will include economic and business considerations, automated post finishing of parts, product design and machine design considerations, and materials for additive manufacturing applications. Read More

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Robert J. Dowding to receive first-ever Vanguard Award.

March 26, 2014

Robert J. Dowding, Research Manager for Materials and Manufacturing Science, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, has been selected to receive Vanguard Award from MPIF. Award recognizes powder metallurgy industry champions from end-user community whose long-time promotion of the technology has contributed to expansion of powder metal applications. Over course of Dowding’s tenure at ARL, much of his PM-based R&D work has been related to material and process development for tungsten and tungsten alloys. Read More

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PMA accepting entries for 2014 Metalforming Awards.

March 26, 2014

PMA invites industry-leading companies to submit an entry for its 2014 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Presented annually, awards recognize high standards of achievement set by metalforming industry in areas of design, quality, training and education, safety, productivity, process control, and product development. Companies honored will receive prominent coverage in MetalForming magazine; recognition at 2014 FABTECH tradeshow; $1,500 cash prize and plaque; and key presence on PMA’s website. Read More

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Review Team finds Boeing 787 design safe.

March 26, 2014

FAA released findings of a team formed in January 2013 to review the Boeing 787's design, manufacture, and assembly processes. Joint team of FAA and Boeing technical experts found that the aircraft was soundly designed, met its intended safety level, and that the manufacturer and FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification. In addition, team made 7 recommendations for further improvements in Boeing processes and FAA oversight. Read More

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BIO Announces Keynote Speakers for 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit.

March 26, 2014

Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Dr. Jim Murray, Professor at University of California at Davis, will deliver keynote addresses at 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit (September 16–18). David Edwards, director of Animal Biotechnology at BIO, called Juma Murray "leaders in the field of using technology to feed the world" and said they will provide "first-hand look at opportunities for animal biotechnology to positively impact people’s diets and health." Read More