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GLOBALCON to focus on next generation of energy challenges.

February 5, 2015

Energy and facility managers need to address future energy challenges, including pressure to reduce energy consumption stemming from climate change initiatives, impact electrical rates have had on energy project planning, and shift to low-cost natural gas. AEE's 26th GLOBALCON Conference & Expo, to be held March 17–18, is the place where decision makers can get up to speed on policy and program updates, energy incentives and financing, along with understanding new integrated energy solutions. Read More

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Senate passes Keystone XL Pipeline legislation.

February 4, 2015

U.S. Senate passed Keystone XL Pipeline bill following 3 weeks of debate where more than 40 amendments were considered. Senators Portman (R-OH) and Shaheen (D-NH) offered amendment that would establish "Tenant Star," a voluntary, market-driven approach to aligning interests of commercial building owners and their tenants to reduce energy consumption. Amendment would also require that federally leased buildings without Energy Star labels benchmark and disclose energy usage data. Read More

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EPA seeks input on emission standards.

February 3, 2015

EPA is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives for a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel. This panel will focus on development of a rule that proposes to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, including methane and VOCs under its New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry. Agency intends to add equipment and processes to those sources currently covered by standards issued in 2012. Read More

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EPA announces voluntary cancellation of certain methomyl uses.

February 3, 2015

EPA and manufacturers of the insecticide methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses and limit use on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water. From 1995 to 2013, exposure from food to carbamates, which includes methomyl, has fallen by approximately 70%. Today’s action is a continuation of EPA’s efforts to reduce carbamate use, thereby protecting people’s health, especially the health of children who may be more sensitive to pesticides. Read More

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Application Period open for environmental educator award.

February 2, 2015

EPA, in partnership with White House Council on Environmental Quality, will announce opening of the application period for 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use environment as a context for student learning. Up to 2 teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions will be selected to receive award. Applications will be accepted through March 13, 2015. Read More

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NEMA and UL announce revisions to UL 943 GFCI Standard.

February 2, 2015

NEMA and Underwriters Laboratories announce changes to UL 943 Standard for Safety for Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters that will take effect on June 29, 2015. Revisions to tri-national standard were developed by NEMA-led group in response to Consumer Product Safety Commission requesting auto monitoring requirements on GFCIs. To maintain certification, all manufacturers must meet these revisions with GFCIs produced after June 28, 2015.  Read More

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EPA Recognizes Participants of Food Recovery, WasteWise programs.

February 2, 2015

U.S. EPA recognized accomplishments of organizations and businesses participating in EPA programs which foster climate footprint reduction, efficiency improvement, community aid, and cost savings through waste reduction. There were 23 awards presented to Food Recovery Challenge participants and endorsers in data-driven and narrative categories. Representing research institutes, retailers, and local governments, number of recognized WasteWise participants totaled 14. Read More

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TRIB to exhibit at WasteExpo 2015.

February 2, 2015

In continuing efforts to educate fleets about environmental and economic benefits of using retreaded tires, TRIB will be an exhibitor at WasteExpo 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 1–4. TRIB be showing large-screen versions of "Environmental Benefits of Retreading" and "True Causes of Rubber on the Road" videos, distributing copies of 16-page color brochure "Understanding Retreading", and distributing materials from members that cater to Waste Industry segment. Read More

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CSA Group Acquisition will benefit Taiwanese manufacturers.

January 30, 2015

CSA Group expanded its market presence in Taiwan by acquiring local testing and inspection organization CTS Taiwan. Through this acquisition, CSA Group aims to bring Taiwan manufacturers stronger industry insights and more local expertise regarding ITE/AV, Hazardous Location, Plumbing, Appliances & Gas, Lighting, Wiring Device, and Wiring Cable testing and certification services. CTS Taiwan has 23-year partnership with CSA Group beginning in 1993. Read More

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EPA seeks input on federal plan for regulating GHG emissions.

January 30, 2015

EPA is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives on a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel for the federal plan that EPA is developing as part of the Clean Power Plan. Panel will focus on proposed Federal Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Electric Generating Units that will cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the largest source of this pollution in the country. Read More

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EPA is awarding grants to protect and restore wetlands.

January 30, 2015

EPA is awarding $1 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands. National Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs. All proposed projects must be linked to environmental results and demonstrate how they will contribute to developing healthy communities and ecosystems. Read More

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NEMA Business Conditions Indexes gain ground.

January 30, 2015

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index for current conditions in North America rebounded in January, climbing to 57.5 from 50.0 in December. Thirty-five percent of January’s panelists reported conditions improved, while only 20% indicated that business environment worsened. January’s EBCI for future North American conditions edged up to 67.5 from 65 the previous month, and slightly more than half of January’s panelists expect business environment to improve over next 6 months. Read More

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BIO Praises 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft.

January 30, 2015

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood recognized and thanked Committee on Energy and Commerce for its 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft, which intends to transform patient care by accelerating discovery, development, and delivery of next generation modern medicines. Greenwood noted several of BIO's suggestions within said draft and expressed support for provisions "intended to further incentivize biomedical innovation and help expedite the development of new treatments and cures." Read More

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Registration Opens for ISPE Conference at PACK EXPO East 2015.

January 29, 2015

Registration is open for International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Manufacturing Solutions Conference at PACK EXPO East. This program, taking place February 16–18 in Philadelphia, PA, is structured around 3 tracks: Manufacturing Operations, Pharmaceutical Packaging, and Compliance Trends. Sessions will focus on best practices in manufacturing, new technologies, compliance, advances in pharmacentric packaging, and packaging solutions to help prevent drug shortages. Read More

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PTDA releases digital version of Power Transmission Handbook.

January 29, 2015

PTDA Power Transmission Handbook eBook is now for sale in the PTDA Store. Content has been adapted from recently released, new and improved fifth edition of the Power Transmission Handbook, a highly regarded reference on power transmission motion control products and the processes where these products are used. Available in both Apple and Kindle formats, Handbook eBook provides searchable, bookmark-able, transportable content for busy people on the go. Read More

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IPC Releases Public Policy Framework and announces IMPACT 2015.

January 29, 2015

IPC released its Global Policy Framework for 2015, which outlines top public policy priorities to promoting strong manufacturing economy. Targeted areas include driving technological innovation and advanced manufacturing, promoting 21st century economy and workforce, advocating for smart regulation, and supporting science-based environmental protection. Also, IPC announced that IMPACT 2015: IPC ON CAPITOL HILL will take place April 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C. Read More

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EPA Helps 22 Communities meet sustainability goals, grow economy.

January 29, 2015

As announced by U.S. EPA, 22 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies which support smart growth and sustainability goals while encouraging local economic development. EPA selected recipients from Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities applicants. Within selected communities, EPA staff and national experts will conduct 1- to 2-day workshops focusing on specific sustainability tool requested in each application. Read More

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BIO CEO Program to highlight latest in clinical development.

January 28, 2015

BIO announces Business Roundtables, Plenary Sessions, and Therapeutic Workshops selected for the 17th annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference, which will be held in New York City, February 9–10, 2015. Conference program will feature 5 Fireside Chats with leading biopharmaceutical executives and Wall Street analysts, each followed by interactive question and answer session. Program will highlight latest in clinical development, timely policy perspectives, and industry outlook for 2015. Read More

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NFPA Annual Conference supports education and networking.

January 28, 2015

Industry leaders from across the fluid power supply chain will convene in San Diego, March 11–13, for the 2015 Annual Conference of NFPA. During conference, members will hear from expert speakers on factors critically important for success in the coming years, including additive manufacturing's impact on how fluid power products are designed and moved through supply chain. They will also hear about macroeconomic factors that will affect their business in the next decade. Read More

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PDMA names Charles H. Noble, PhD as Chair.

January 28, 2015

PDMA announces Charles H. Noble, PhD, Proffitt's Professor of Marketing and Marketing PHD Program Director at The University of Tennessee, as Chair, effective, January, 1 2015. As Chair, Noble will work with Board of Directors to oversee PDMA's strategic direction through its mission to serve as premier global advocate for product development and management professionals, and support practice of global innovation. Noble previously served as Vice Chair of PDMA Board and VP of Academic Affairs. Read More