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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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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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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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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

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MAVERICK Technologies joins MESA as Platinum Keystone Sponsor.

March 19, 2014

MAVERICK Technologies, the largest independent systems integrator in North America, has joined MESA as a Platinum Keystone Sponsor, which is the highest level of annual sponsorship. MAVERICK wants to help companies learn about true system integration and the value that they can achieve through effective MES utilization. According to Mike Yost, MESA president, MAVERICK brings an expertise and perspective that will strengthen the voice of the MESA community. Read More

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NEMA Announced Publication of 3 motor and generator standards.

March 19, 2014

As part of its MG (motor and generator) series, NEMA published NEMA MG 2-2014, Safety Standard for Construction and Guide for Selection, Installation and Use of Electric Motors and Generators; NEMA MG 3-1974 (R1995, R2000, R2006, R2012), Sound Level Prediction for Installed Rotating Electrical Machines; and NEMA MG 10-2013, Energy Management Guide for Selection and Use of Fixed Frequency Medium AC Squirrel-Cage Polyphase Induction Motors. Read More

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A4A urges Congress to level the playing field.

March 19, 2014

Testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, A4A President and CEO Nicolas E. Calio addressed the critical role airlines play in driving economic growth and job creation across the U.S. and globally. Calio urged members of the Committee to address fundamental tax, regulatory, and infrastructure challenges, which negatively impact the industry’s long-term viability and global competitiveness. Read More

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SPE announces dates and deadlines for gala and competition.

March 19, 2014

Automotive Division of SPE® announced that its 44th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held Nov 12, 2014 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI. Winning part nominations, submitted by Sept 10, 2014, and the teams that developed them will be honored during evening that celebrates automotive plastics innovation. This year’s theme is Plastics Pay Off, emphasizing balance of design efficiency and savings in tooling costs while meeting or exceeding customer expectations for vehicles they buy. Read More