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The Deck returns to AeroDef Manufacturing Conference.

July 26, 2013

According to SME, the central area of the exposition floor called "The Deck" will be a key feature of AeroDef Manufacturing Conference and Exposition when it returns to Long Beach Convention Center on February 25-27, 2014. The Deck features high-level speakers and panel discussions on integrated solutions to complex manufacturing challenges. By keeping speakers, panels, and networking events on expo floor, AeroDef facilitates interaction among attendees, exhibitors, and presenters. Read More

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Public Comment Sought on new clean energy trainers standard.

July 26, 2013

IREC has announced public comment period for its revised credentialing standard, Draft IREC Standard 01024: 2013 - General Requirements for the Certification of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Renewable Energy Generation Instructors and Master Trainers. Public comment period for draft standard for trainers will close August 20, 2013, while standard for training providers, previously released, is available for public comment through August 6, 2013. Read More

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EPA upgrades Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

July 26, 2013

EPA announced upgrade to its online energy management and tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Tool can help businesses achieve President's call to make commercial buildings at least 20% more energy efficient by 2020. In addition to user-friendly interface, updated Energy Star Portfolio Manager delivers optimized data sharing capabilities, better reporting, and for the first time, the ability to manage buildings across their lifecycle from design through occupancy. Read More

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United States reaches agreement with XTO Energy.

July 26, 2013

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with XTO Energy Inc. to resolve an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act related to discharge of wastewater from XTO’s Penn Township, Lycoming County, PA facility. Settlement requires that XTO pay penalty of $100,000 and spend federal government-estimated $20 million to improve wastewater management practices at facility used for storage of wastewater generated by natural gas exploration and production.. Read More

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BIO Names Whitaker President of BIO International Convention.

July 26, 2013

BIO Chief Operating Officer Scott Whitaker will assume new duties as President of BIO International Convention. "With Scott’s help," said BIO Senior VP of Conventions and Conferences Robbi Lycett, "we will be able to implement exciting changes within the Convention that will better deliver the experience [our members, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors seek." BIO Chair Rachel King said combined skills of Scott's and Robbi's will enhance BIO International Convention experience for all. Read More

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NIST Biometric Publication broadens options for PIV cards.

July 26, 2013

NIST has issued new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification cards. Biometric Data Specifications for Personal Identity Verification (Special Publication 800-76-2) adds iris images as biometric identifiers and on-card fingerprint comparison as options for cards. Document provides performance specifications for iris biometrics and iris cameras, as well as specifications that describe how to place fingerprint templates and recognition algorithm on card. Read More

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Proposed Cuts to EPA Appropriations undermine Tier 3 rules.

July 26, 2013

House Committee on Appropriations released its FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations, which has since been approved by Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Among other things, this bill would block EPA from spending funds to finalize and enforce rules to Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards. BIO opposes this provision, citing unnecessary regulatory uncertainty and negative impacts on human health. Read More

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NIST Releases Updates to digital signature standard.

July 26, 2013

NIST released revision to digital standard used to ensure electronic document integrity and signer's identity. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 186-4 was specifically revised to keep it consistent with other NIST cryptographic guidelines. Additionally, revision clarified various terms and corrected typographical errors. Another change concerns use of prime number generators, which FIPS 186-4 permits saving for purposes such as regeneration of values. Read More