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A4A applauds Shuster-DeFazio legislation.

March 13, 2014

DOT's Full Fare Advertising Rule unfairly prohibits airlines and travel agents from providing full disclosure of government-imposed taxes and fees in advertised prices, thereby masking excessive federal tax rate on cost of air travel. A4A applauded legislation introduced by House Transportation Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), which ensures airline customers are aware of exactly how much of their ticket price goes to federal taxes. Read More

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EPRI to Transact First Credits in water trading project.

March 13, 2014

EPRI will facilitate trading of first stewardship credits for interstate water nutrients in USA. Marking historic milestone for only interstate and largest water quality trading project in world, event will take place March 11, 2014 in Cincinnati, OH. Those attending will learn about market-based approach for achieving water quality goals for nutrients through credit trading program as well as scientifically based approach to designing and developing markets for nutrient reduction credits. 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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A4A Urges Congress to reject air travel taxes proposal.

March 13, 2014

Airlines for America (A4A) opposes FY2015 White House budget proposal, which calls for $4.2 billion in higher and additional taxes on airlines and their customers. In addition to urging Members of Congress to say no to said proposal, A4A cited commercial aviation as key enabler of job growth and U.S. economic activity that could contribute at greater level if not impeded by excessive taxes and regulations. Tax burden on aviation and its customers has more than tripled since 1998. Read More

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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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BIO Honors Senator Stabenow as Legislator of the Year.

March 13, 2014

BIO Legislator of the Year award honored Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for her successful championship of reauthorization of Farm Bill energy programs as well as their expansion to include renewable chemicals. Citing Stabenow's unrelenting efforts, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood noted her "Grow It Here, Make It Here" initiative and called final Farm Bill "exactly the type of comprehensive policy making that supports long-term innovation and job creation." Read More

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MTConnect Institute Announces MoU with NCDMM.

March 13, 2014

As announced by MTConnect® Institute, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) will establish cooperative forum resulting in collaboration to continue defining, developing, and securing programs aimed at furthering MTConnect standard. MTConnect's Courtney Hill said "This MoU furthers our longstanding and strong relationship with NCDMM that began when AMT...formed the MTConnect Institute in 2009." Read More

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AIA Claims FY15 Budget poses challenges for NextGen program.

March 13, 2014

Responding to President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request, AIA's Marion C. Blakey brought up FAA programs facing challenges. She noted Next Generation Air Transportation System modernization program, saying funding cuts pose new obstacles to meeting milestones. "The economic benefits of the NextGen program far outweigh the nominal budget gains that would be realized if the proposed cuts are enacted," said Blakey who also cited risks to safety, environment, and U.S. competitiveness. Read More