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BIO Gives Dupont CEO 2014 George Washington Carver Award.

March 20, 2014

BIO named DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman as recipient of 2014 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. First woman to receive this honor, Kullman accepted award "on behalf of all of the people who have worked to make DuPont a leader in industrial biotechnology." BIO's Brent Erickson lauded Kullman "for efforts to drive commercialization of industrial biotech processes and renewable, sustainable biobased products." Read More

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NACD Welcomes 10 new members and affiliates.

March 20, 2014

Advance representation to nearly 420 companies, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced introduction of 10 new members and affiliates to its ranks. Chemical distributor candidate members include Breckenridge Technologies LLC, CNX Distribution, The Chemical Company, Esprix Technologies LP, and SGM LLC. Chemical handler affiliates include LeSaint Logistics LLC, while non-chemical handler affiliates include ERI Solutions Inc., Labelmaster, Lytx Inc., and IMA Inc. Read More

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A4A Calls Proposed PFC Hike wasteful and unnecessary.

March 20, 2014

Responding to rationale for Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) hike derived from FAA long-term forecast, Airlines for America's (A4A) Sharon Pinkerton called the move "a revenue grab." U.S. airports have ample resources to fund capital needs. These include investment-grade credit, "ample access" to bond market, $10.6 billion in unrestricted cash and investments (282 days of liquidity), and $4.7 billion in uncommitted funds from federal Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Read More

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ASC and Adhesion Society agree to 3-year term.

March 20, 2014

ASC signed a 3-year agreement with the Adhesion Society whereby the Council will manage the Society's Annual Meeting, oversee its membership effort, and serve as the Home Office for the Society. The Council and Society previously had a 1-year agreement covering the fiscal year from June 30, 2013 through July 1, 2014. Success of the arrangement allowed the Society and Council leadership to feel comfortable with a longer term arrangement. Read More

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EPA to lift suspension and debarment of BP.

March 20, 2014

EPA and BP executed agreement resolving all suspension and debarment actions against BP that barred company from doing business with the federal government following guilty plea in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010. Under agreement, BP is required to retain an independent auditor approved by EPA who will conduct an annual review and report on BP’s compliance with agreement. There are also specific provisions addressing ethics compliance, corporate governance, and process safety. Read More

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FAA Seeks Comments regarding drug/alcohol testing requirement.

March 20, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks comments on issues related to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that would require drug and alcohol testing of maintenance personnel who work on aircraft operated by U.S. air carriers (Part 121) in facilities outside USA. Public comment period will help FAA develop proposed rule as well as assess its likely economic impact. Comments will be accepted for 60 days after publication in Federal Register. Read More

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Business Conditions Report indicates improving conditions.

March 20, 2014

According to March 2014 PMA Business Conditions Report, 38% of participants predict slight improvement during next 3 months, 54% anticipate no change, and 8% believe economic activity will decline. Reported current average daily shipping compared to levels 3 months ago was up for 48% of participants, same for 37%, and down for 15%. Regarding incoming orders during next 3 months, 44% of companies forecasted increase while 45% didn't expect any change and 11% predicted decrease. Read More

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Health Focused Forums will highlight 2014 BIO convention.

March 20, 2014

Orphan Disease Forum, Regenerative Medicine Forum, Personalized Medicine and Diagnostics Forum, and Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics Forum will highlight pressing health issues at 2014 BIO International Convention®, which will take place June 23–26 in in San Diego, CA. According to BIO International Convention President Scott Whitaker, these "highly-focused and interactive forums" will provide educational content and provide dedicated time for collaboration and networking with industry peers. Read More