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FAA Selects Research and Test Sites for unmanned aircraft systems.

January 2, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected 6 public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around USA. Selection took into account such factors as geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience, and risk. Sites include University of Alaska, State of Nevada, Griffiss International Airport (NY), North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M University, and Virginia Tech. Read More

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Metal Recycler required to invest in company-wide protections.

December 31, 2013

AL Solutions, a West Virginia-based metal recycler, has agreed to implement extensive, company-wide safeguards to prevent future accidental releases of hazardous chemicals from its facilities, resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from an explosion at the company’s New Cumberland facility that killed 3 people. Among other requirements, company must use advanced monitoring technology, including hydrogen monitoring and IR cameras, to assess hazardous chemical storage areas. Read More

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Energy Company to pay $3.2 million civil penalty.

December 30, 2013

Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, will spend EPA-estimated $6.5 million to restore 27 sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands and to implement plan to comply with federal and state water protection laws at company’s natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia, many of which involve hydraulic fracturing. Company will also pay civil penalty of $3.2 million for violations of the Clean Water Act, under Section 404 program. Read More

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EPA Rule provides clear pathway for using CCS technologies.

December 30, 2013

U.S. EPA issued final rule that helps create consistent national framework to ensure safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies. Rule clarifies that carbon dioxide streams captured from emission sources, injected underground via UIC Class VI wells approved for purpose of geologic sequestration under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and meeting certain other conditions, will be excluded from EPA’s hazardous waste regulations. Read More

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NEMA Supports Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure in Madison, WI.

December 30, 2013

NEMA commended City of Madison Common Council for taking first step towards making Madison more energy-efficient by introducing energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis called eliminating energy waste in buildings "good business for building and business owners" and also pointed out its benefit to Wisconsin's manufacturing sector." NEMA's 400+ members companies have 55 manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and employ ~6,000 people. Read More

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Two ISPE Studies were cited in FDA statement to Congress.

December 30, 2013

In her statement associated with her testimony to U.S. Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, Janet Woodcock cited 2 ISPE studies – survey conducted by ISPE UK Affiliate's Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Community of Practice, and Drug Shortages Survey report – to advocate use of Quality by Design (QbD) to enhance development capability and reduce manufacturing costs while ensuring quality drug products. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses oil/gas wastewater transfer pipe.

December 30, 2013

ASTM WK44033, Specification for Fluid Composite Transfer Pipe and Fittings, will cover requirements and test methods for a new type of pipe used for general water transport at industrial, mining, and oil/gas field applications for well-site transmission of influent, fracking flowback, and wastewater, at up to 250 psi working pressures. Once approved, it will be used or referenced by federal and state regulatory agencies to maintain high quality, leak-free pipe installations. Read More

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BIO announces presenting companies for annual conference.

December 30, 2013

BIO announced preliminary list of presenting companies for the 16th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference to be held Feb 10-11, 2014 in New York City. Presenting companies are hand-selected for event, and consist of mid- to large-cap established public as well as late-stage private companies worldwide. Companies typically have a clinical stage program centered around therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, or a platform technology, as well as upcoming clinical, regulatory, or corporate catalyst. Read More