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Farm Bill provides overdue eligibility for renewable chemicals.

February 7, 2014

BIO thanked Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Rep. Frank Lukas (R-Okla.), and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) for supporting the Farm Bill energy programs. Conference report on the legislation contains $881 million in mandatory funding for the programs, long-overdue eligibility to renewable chemicals under Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program and Section 9007 Biomass Research and Development Program, and support for new purpose grown energy crops. Read More

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ASTM invites participation in developing ceiling standard.

February 6, 2014

Interested parties are invited to join in development of proposed standard that would be used during design and installation of suspended gypsum ceiling systems for commercial construction. ASTM WK44242, Practice for Installation of Metal Suspension Ceiling Systems for Gypsum Board Applications, will give manufacturers and contractors guideline for best seismic installation practice. Products described in standard are used in hospitals, schools, churches, retail, and other commercial spaces. Read More

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BIO supports House passage of Farm Bill.

February 6, 2014

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood sent letter to Congress members urging passage of the Farm Bill, writing, "The Farm Bill conference report is a good bill that will drive the growth of America’s 21st Century bio-based economy." In particular, BIO supports Farm Bill provisions that provide eligibility to renewable chemicals under Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program; strengthen Biobased Markets Program to accelerate market awareness; and prioritize R&D on crop insurance options. Read More

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ASTM Asset Management Committee honors 2 longtime members.

February 6, 2014

ASTM International Committee E53 on Asset Management has initiated the Dieter-Hestermann award to recognize and honor future individuals who provide outstanding leadership and have made exemplary technical, practical, and administrative contributions to Committee E53 over continuous period of time. Inaugural recipients and namesakes of award are James M. Dieter, an asset management consultant at Ascot Associates in Vienna, VA, and Lyle Hestermann, a retired property manager from Fort Wayne, IN. Read More

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First SPE ANTEC® in Middle East deemed a success.

February 6, 2014

SPE ANTEC Dubai 2014 technical conference concluded on note of optimism for SPE's strategy of taking its plastics educational program global. Co-organized by SPE’s Middle East Section and supported by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, ANTEC Dubai attracted 170 attendees to a program that included more than 60 original peer-reviewed technical presentations as well as workshops on injection molding and thermoforming. Read More

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NEMA supports energy efficiency incentives in tax reform.

February 6, 2014

NEMA transmitted to Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Max Baucus, comments on the Energy Tax Reform Proposals he released last month. NEMA compliments the chairman for taking on the important challenge of comprehensive tax reform and goals of broadening the tax base, simplifying code, and lowering corporate income tax rate. At the same time, NEMA believes that achieving these goals must include incentives for energy efficiency, since the U.S. currently wastes more energy than it consumes. Read More

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BIO submits official comments on proposed RFS rule.

February 6, 2014

In official comments, BIO emphasized that the EPA lacks authority to waive overall 2014 volume requirements for Renewable Fuel Standard, particularly when production and supply of advanced biofuels continues to grow. If EPA does lower biofuel volume requirements, it will undercut efforts to commercialize new cellulosic biofuel technologies just as they begin to enter the market. EPA should not put at risk the progress the advanced biofuel industry has made in commercializing new biofuels. Read More

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Two Thermostat Standards have been published by NEMA.

February 6, 2014

NEMA DC 3-2013 Residential Controls—Electrical Wall-Mounted Room Thermostats covers self-contained, electrical and electronic, wall-mounted room thermostats. Also available, NEMA DC 3 Annex A-2013 Energy-Efficiency Requirements for Programmable Thermostats contains performance requirements for programmable thermostats described as energy-efficient. Both documents, published by NEMA, are available for download or in hardcopy format. Read More