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BIO, Member Companies urge Congress to pass 5-year Farm Bill.

September 27, 2013

Along with group of renewable chemical companies and state advocacy organizations, BIO wrote to chairpersons and ranking members of House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to urge passage of 5-year Farm Bill that includes Senate's language on Energy Title. Title IX of Senate-passed Farm Bill (S.954) provides mandatory funding to USDA energy programs and grants renewable chemicals companies access to Biorefinery Assistance Program and Biomass Research and Development Program. Read More

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ASTM Standard deals with arc rating for protective hand products.

September 27, 2013

ASTM F2675/F2675M, Test Method for Determining Arc Ratings of Hand Protective Products Developed and Used for Electrical Arc Flash Protection, has been developed by Subcommittee F18.65 on Wearing Apparel. This standard will be used to determine arc rating of hand protective products – gloves, glove material, glove material systems, and other protective products – designed to fit on hand and specifically intended for electric arch flash protection. Read More

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EPA announces greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.

September 27, 2013

According to EPA, electricity generation represents one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Proposed standards are an important step toward reaching U.S. goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. In statement, Kevin Kennedy, Director, U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute, said proposal on new power plants sends a clear message that U.S. is serious about meeting its international commitment. Read More

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EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for new power plants.

September 27, 2013

To combat climate change and improve public health, U.S. EPA proposed Clean Air Act (CAA) standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants. Outreach and engagement with state/tribal/local governments, industry and labor leaders, non-profits, and others aim to establish carbon pollution standards for existing power plants and move toward cleaner power sector. While providing flexibility, proposed standards ensure new power plants are built with available clean technology. Read More

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NEMA welcomes Senate approval of Helium Bill.

September 27, 2013

NEMA welcomed Senate passage of compromise legislation to reauthorize, extend, and improve operations of Federal Helium Reserve in Texas and called on House to vote as soon as possible to approve bill. If Congress fails to act on helium legislation before October 7, Federal Helium Reserve will cease operations. U.S. users of helium acquire much of their supply via industrial gas refining companies associated with the reserve, which currently holds approximately 30% of global supply. Read More

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FABTECH Panel will focus on building manufacturing workforce.

September 27, 2013

FABTECH metalforming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL from November 18–21, 2013 and examine issue of workforce development with special panel discussion. Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipeline, to be held at 12:30 pm CST on November 20, will include manufacturing professionals discussing ways education, industry, and government can work together to build and strengthen future manufacturing workforce pipeline. Read More

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Chinese Government suspends cyanide-gold plating ban.

September 27, 2013

On September 23, 2013, NDRC of China issued circular postponing implementation of regulation that would have eliminated cyanide-gold plating at end of 2014. IPC staff and its members in USA and China, along with China Printed Circuits Association and other industry associations, were influential in this decision. In its notice, NDRC cited importance of gold plating materials, worldwide use of cyanide-gold plating processes, and concerns regarding gold potassium citrate plating processes. Read More

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BIO Urges EPA to Reject petroleum industry RFS waiver petition.

September 26, 2013

In an 11-page letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, BIO's Brent Erickson urged rejection of recent petition from American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers for waiver of 2014 volume obligations under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Erikson cited waiver seekers' blocking of investment in infrastructure and creation of marketing challenges as having created same situation from which they are requesting relief. Read More