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IPC Calls for Poster Abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO 2014.

October 1, 2013

IPC invites researchers, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit poster presentation abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO®, which will take place March 25–27, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Technical poster presentations are being sought on relevant electronics topics, including design, materials, assembly, processes, and equipment. Abstracts of up to 300 words summarizing technical and previously unpublished work should be submitted by December 22, 2013. Read More

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EPA Announces WaterSense Labeled Product for commercial kitchens.

September 30, 2013

U.S. EPA finalized first WaterSense specification for a commercial kitchen product: pre-rinse spray valves. These kind of valves, which remove excess food waste from dishes prior to dishwashing, are now eligible to earn WaterSense label and help food service establishments conserve water and energy. WaterSense labeled pre-rinse spray valves will be promoted by ENERGY STAR® program as part of  energy saving products and practices for restaurant industry. Read More

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EPA Honors 24 Organizations for green power leadership.

September 30, 2013

U.S. EPA presented its 13th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 21 Green Power Partners and 3 suppliers for achievements in advancing USA's renewable electricity market. In comment, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy complemented winners for “driving new renewable energy generation and providing clear examples of organizations thriving on innovation and sustainability.” McCarthy also lauded winners for “moving us closer to the vision President Obama outlined in his Climate Action Plan.” Read More

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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