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EPA Proposes Removal of 72 Chemicals from pesticide products.

October 31, 2014

U.S. EPA requests public comment on proposed removal of 72 chemicals from list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. According to EPA's Jim Jones, "This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients." EPA is taking this action in response to petitions by several parties, and comments are due November 21, 2014. Read More

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NAM addresses how to build talent pipeline.

October 30, 2014

NAM's Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce presented action plan to improve workforce preparedness and capabilities to NAM Board of Directors' Doug Oberhelman. Task force created toolkit and guide to help manufacturing leaders collaborate in local communities to determine key competencies needed for new hires to succeed in advanced manufacturing operations, develop plan for local workforce training providers to deliver training, and grow pipeline to ensure supply of future skilled talent. Read More

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ELFA announces new Board of Directors and Officers.

October 30, 2014

During the 53rd Annual Convention, ELFA announced its new Board of Directors and Officers who will serve during the next 12 months. Robert "Bob" Rinaldi, CEO of Commercial Industrial Finance, is the Chairman of the Board and William Stephenson, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of DLL, is now Chairman-Elect. Chairman-Elect and new board members were recommended by ELFA’s Nominating Committee and approved by a vote of the general membership. Read More

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FAA Awards $10.2 Million in Environmental Grants to 6 airports.

October 30, 2014

Albuquerque International Sunport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Seattle-Tacoma International, and Yeager (WV) were awarded $10.2 million in FAA grants to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Through Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, airport sponsors can use Airport Improvement Program funds and passenger facility charges to help acquire various airport-related air quality improvements. Read More

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AASHTO supports FHWA request for additional ET-Plus testing.

October 30, 2014

Since safety of the traveling public is of paramount concern, AASHTO supported Federal Highway Administration's request that Texas-based guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries Inc., maker of the ET-Plus guardrail end treatment, re-test the device to ensure that it meets eligibility requirements for use on federal-aid projects. Read More

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AASHTO Awards Top Prizes in Faces of Transportation contest.

October 30, 2014

Faces of Transportation competition, sponsored by AASHTO, saw 2 photographs and 2 videos claim top prizes. Grand Prize (photography) went to Florida DoT Photographer Sally Dobson, while People's Choice Award was presented to photographer Karl Nielsen. In video competition, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department won in Professional Production category, while California DoT (Caltrans) won In-House Production/Amateur/Novice category. Read More

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EPA releases GHG emissions data from large facilities.

October 30, 2014

EPA released fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region, and individual facilities. Data shows that in 2013, power plants remained largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, with over 1,550 facilities emitting over 2 billion metric tons of CO2. Petroleum and natural gas systems were second largest stationary source, reporting 224 million metric tons of GHG emissions. Read More

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EPA makes preliminary determination to regulate strontium.

October 30, 2014

EPA has made a preliminary determination to regulate strontium in nation's drinking water. Based on available information, agency has initially determined that strontium has adverse health effects. Strontium replaces calcium in bone, affecting skeletal development, which can be particularly detrimental to infants, children, and adolescents whose bones are still developing. Strontium has been detected in 99% of public water systems and at levels of concern in 7% of public water systems. Read More