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EPA Makes BMW Lower Fuel Economy Labels for Mini Cooper vehicles.

November 4, 2014

To ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values, U.S. EPA is revising estimates for four 2014 BMW Mini Cooper vehicles. Fuel economy audit performed by EPA on BMW Mini Cooper obtained values different from those submitted by BMW. With EPA oversight, BMW conducted new emissions and fuel economy testing, and EPA conducted its own testing. EPA is requiring BMW to re-label four of its 2014 Mini Cooper models with lower fuel economy values. Read More

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Experts Discuss Bottom Termination Components during conference.

November 3, 2014

Jointly announced by IPC and SMTA, High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will take place November 18–20, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL. Sessions will include “Bottom Termination Components,” “Design Rules that Reduce Flux Pooling under Component Terminations,” “The Risk of No-Clean Flux not Fully Reacted under Component Terminations,” and “Minimum electrical spacing for no-clean flux residue vs cleaned boards (voltage leakage or electro-chemical migration).” Read More

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EPA Fellowship Grants support upcoming environmental scientists.

November 3, 2014

As announced by U.S. EPA, 105 graduate students across USA will receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants to conduct research on topics ranging from climate change and public health to water quality and sustainability that will have cross-cutting impacts in environmental science. Each STAR fellow will receive max funding of $42,000 for one year for master’s students and up to 2 years for doctoral students. Read More

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EPA invites communities to apply for technical assistance.

November 3, 2014

Through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program, EPA is offering technical assistance to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities, and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies. Program aims to increase resilience to natural disasters and strengthen the economy while protecting human health and the environment. EPA will select up to 25 communities through a competitive process. Read More

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ELFA establishes Equipment Finance Hall of Fame.

October 31, 2014

ELFA has established Equipment Finance Hall of Fame to annually recognize individuals who have made unique, significant, or lasting contributions to equipment finance industry throughout their careers. ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, announced the new program and inaugural class of 10 inductees: Abe Bernstein, Spencer Wiscomb Clawson, Michael J. Fleming, John H. Giddens, Adolf Sonny Monosson, Peter K. Nevitt, Ken N. Pontikes, James H. Possehl, Bob Stubbs, and Thomas C. Wajnert. Read More

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Top 10 Transportation Projects are competing for national awards.

October 31, 2014

AASHTO, AAA, and US Chamber of Commerce announced top 10 projects for America's Transportation Awards competition. This year, a record 36 states and the District of Columbia entered 73 projects that were judged in 3 categories: Under Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and a new category, Quality of Life/Community Development. Nation will decide through online voting which project will receive People's Choice Award and panel of experts will select Grand Prize winner. Read More

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FABTECH 2014 Industry Night takes place at Football Hall of Fame.

October 31, 2014

FABTECH (November 11–13, 2014) will host FABTECH Industry Night on November 12 at College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. Industry Night provides attendees with networking opportunities beyond exhibit hall floor as well as opportunity to see 4-time Super Bowl champion, Vietnam War veteran, and keynote speaker Rocky Bleier. On November 12 at 8:30 am, Bleier will speak about parallels between his challenges and those faced by manufacturers in today's competitive marketplace. Read More

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NEMA and Orgalime announce joint position paper.

October 31, 2014

NEMA and Orgalime announced agreement on joint statement of recommendations to US and EU as they seek to negotiate free trade agreement known as Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. NEMA and Orgalime assert that differences in regulatory approaches drive companies to expend additional resources to demonstrate compliance. They call on TTIP agreement to include transparent processes and sensible mechanisms to achieve regulatory coherence at both bilateral and international levels. Read More

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Copper proves to be the superior piping system.

October 31, 2014

When it came time to install plumbing and mechanical system at Nemours/A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in Delaware, shape of new building created unforeseen challenges. Semi-circular design required large-diameter piping that was lightweight, malleable, and easy to work with. Black steel pipe, originally specified for project, did not meet the criteria. On advice of CDA, hospital opted to go with copper piping for hot and cold water service, HVAC systems, and medical gas distribution. Read More

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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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Voluntary Star-Rating Program helps reduce pesticide drift.

October 31, 2014

EPA's voluntary Drift Reduction Technology program encourages use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss. Program encourages manufacturers to test their technologies (such as nozzles and spray shields) for drift reduction potential. DRT ratings represented by 1, 2, 3, or 4 stars are awarded for technologies that demonstrate at least 25% reduction in potential spray drift compared to standard. 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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ELFA Economic Activity Survey shows new business volume growth.

October 30, 2014

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity from 25 companies, showed overall new business volume for September up 21% from September 2013, up 31% month over month, and up 8% year to date compared to 2013. Receivables over 30 days decreased from previous month to 1.0% and were up slightly from .09% for same period in 2013. Charge-offs remained unchanged at 0.2%, and credit approvals were relatively unchanged at 79.7%. 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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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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IPC NA PCB Industry Report forecasts moderate growth through 2017.

October 30, 2014

IPC's 2013–2014 Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America shows moderate decline in 2013 but forecasts moderate growth through 2017. On-shore PCB production increased slightly in 2013, and HDI/microvia boards experienced highest growth rate among PCB product types. Vertical markets data shows communications and military/aerospace as the 2 largest, collectively accounting for ~57% in 2013. R&D spending projections, up substantially for 2014, serves as positive indicator. 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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FAA Addresses Ebola Concerns with official statement.

October 30, 2014

In its statement regarding Ebola, FAA cited health and welfare of flight crews, airline workers, and traveling public as top priority. FAA also pointed out its work with CDC, aviation industry, and Federal government partners on issues of public health and disease awareness. FAQ topics included flight restrictions, FAA's authority limits, Ebola preparations being made by airlines, passenger health screening requirements, crewmember procedures, and airplane cleaning procedures. 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