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BIO expresses concerns with Medical Innovation Act.

February 6, 2015

Introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Medical Innovation Act proposes to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by creating a new statutory scheme that would impose fee on biopharmaceutical companies working on critical treatments and cures for patients. According to BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, BIO supports increased funding for NIH, but has serious concerns about the impact this legislation would have on research and development. Read More

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ELFA President and CEO to retire at end of 2015.

February 6, 2015

ELFA announced that President and CEO, William G. Sutton, CAE, will retire at the end of 2015 and that ELFA's Executive Committee and Board of Directors have voted unanimously to name Chief Operating Officer Ralph Petta as its new President and CEO, effective Jan 1, 2016. Sutton has led ELFA since 2010. Before joining ELFA, he served as Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services, a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Read More

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BIO releases statement on Precision Medicine Initiative.

February 6, 2015

In statement, Jim Greenwood, BIO's President and CEO, said we applaud President Obama's announcement of a new Precision Medicine Initiative intended to better embrace the potential of precision medicine, which would advance a new approach to healthcare by tailoring therapies for patients to maximize clinical benefit while reducing risk of side effects. Precision medicine holds great promise for many health care interventions to occur much earlier and with increased accuracy. Read More

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ATA's TMC readies for 2015 Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

February 5, 2015

Scheduled for Feb 16–19, ATA Technology & Maintenance Council's 2015 Annual Meeting will discuss fuel economy standards, alternative fuels, asset utilization, and tire deployment. Some highlights will include: TMC study group sessions; "Green Trucks, Green Shops, Green Incentives," a discussion of how to develop and implement an alternate fuel vehicle program; and "Maximizing Asset Utilization: A Fleet-Service Provider Dialogue," an examination of outsourced vehicle maintenance. Read More

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CSA Group opens new office in Milan, Italy.

February 5, 2015

Under direction of Alberto Carelli, CSA Group's new office in Milan is fully independent and will specialize in factory inspection, field evaluation testing, and testing and certification of commercial and household electric and gas appliances, HVAC/R, audio/video equipment, and industrial plumbing products. Testing and certification services will address safety, energy efficiency, sanitation, functional safety, and expansion into gas testing for North America, Europe, and Asia markets. Read More

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AASHTO applauds proposed transportation investments.

February 5, 2015

AASHTO commends President Obama's proposed FY2016 federal budget, which includes $478 billion for transportation infrastructure investment over next 6 years. "We look forward to working with the President and Congress on developing a new transportation bill supported by a long-term, sustainable source of funding," said Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director. Read More

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Social Scientist among keynote speakers at ASQ Conference.

February 5, 2015

Scheduled for March 2–3, 2015, ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference will help attendees improve their organization's competitiveness by eliminating waste, redundancies, and defects. Keynote speakers include best-selling authors Scott Christopher, who also is a consultant on strengthening work culture, and David Maxfield, a social scientist specializing in organizational change. Dan Florizone of Saskatoon Health Region, and John Timmerman of Gallup Inc., will also keynote. Read More

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DOE announces more than $59 million investment in solar.

February 5, 2015

In support of Administration’s effort to double renewable energy generation for second time by 2020, Energy Department announced more than $59 million in funding to support solar energy innovation. Department is making $45 million available to quickly move innovative solar manufacturing technologies to market, and is awarding more than $14 million for 15 new projects to help communities develop multi-year solar deployment plans to install solar electricity in homes, businesses, and communities. Read More

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Registration for 2015 BIO International Convention now open.

February 5, 2015

Scheduled for June 15–18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, 2015 BIO International Convention will showcase ways in which biotechnology offers answers and hope for world’s most pressing problems. Event features keynotes and session programming from leading policymakers, thought leaders, analysts, scientists, and CEOs. BIO 2015 offers chance to connect with thousands of companies through BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ system as well as world’s largest biotechnology exhibition. Read More

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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