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Organizations name winners of Climate Leadership Awards.

March 1, 2012

U.S. EPA, Association of Climate Change Officers, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry named the winners of the inaugural Climate Leadership Awards, which recognize corporate, organizational, and individual leadership. From setting and exceeding aggressive emissions reduction goals to reducing emissions associated with shipping goods, these organizations are improving efficiency, identifying energy and cost saving opportunities, and reducing pollution. Read More

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TRIB to Exhibit at Work Truck Show in March 2012.

March 1, 2012

To educate fleets about environmental and economic benefits of using retreaded tires, TRIB will be exhibiting at 2012 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN from March 6-8th. They will also be displaying quality retreaded tires for work truck segment, showing large-screen version of retread plant tour video, distributing 16-page "Understanding Retreading" brochure, and distributing materials from TRIB members that cater to work truck segment. Read More

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FAA proposes to raise airline pilot qualification standards.

March 1, 2012

FAA proposed to raise qualifications for first officers who fly for U.S passenger and cargo airlines. Consistent with mandate in Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010, proposed rule would require first officers - also known as co-pilots - to hold Airline Transport Pilot certificate, requiring 1,500 hours of pilot flight time. Proposal would also require first officers to have an aircraft type rating, which involves additional training and testing specific to airplanes they fly. Read More

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PCB Industry Results have been released for January 2012.

March 1, 2012

According to January findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, combined industry shipments for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits in January 2012 decreased 3.5% from January 2011, while orders booked increased 6.2%. Combined flex and rigid industry book-to-bill ratio in January 2012 continued to rise, and stands at 1.01. Sharon Starr, IPC market research director, said "Both rigid PCB and flexible circuit sales followed normal seasonal patterns." Read More

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SAE and ABOUT Publishing Group agree to partnership.

March 1, 2012

SAE International and ABOUT Publishing Group have agreed to strategic partnership that enables SAE to sell selected ABOUT Publishing market reports. Endeavor will focus on content that is highly pertinent to mobility engineers, especially for those interested in field of vehicle electrification. Most recent report released by ABOUT Automotive analyzes EV/Hybrid batteries, and offers realistic, independent perspective - steering clear of hype that surrounds this sector. Read More

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Aluminum Association releases plant directory.

March 1, 2012

Aluminum Association released North America Aluminum Industry Plant Directory covering 464 known North American facilities (excluding foundries) known to be in operation as of December 31, 2011. Directory provides company name, facility location, products, and contact information, where available, as well as phone number, fax, and website. It is divided into 3 sections: organized alphabetically, by location, and by mill product. Read More

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Energy Star Leaders achieve Obama's energy efficiency goal.

March 1, 2012

Nearly half of the organizations recognized as Energy Star Leaders have improved energy efficiency of their building portfolios by 20% or more. EPA's Energy Star program has helped 90 organizations achieve goal by providing energy management strategy, which includes focus on ongoing performance measurement and whole-building improvement. Energy Star Leaders have cumulatively saved more than $150 million on utility bills and prevented GHG emissions equal to electricity use of nearly 95,000 homes. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report predicts spike in next 3 months.

February 29, 2012

According to February 2012 Business Conditions Report, 51% of participants expect economic activity to improve during next 3 months, up from 41% in January, while only 4% report that activity will decline. Metalforming companies also anticipate slight improvement in incoming orders, with 56% forecasting increase in orders, up from 51% in January. In addition, 45% of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, up from 30% in January. Read More

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NREL announces Deputy Lab Director and CEO.

February 29, 2012

Joining NREL after 30-year career with DOE, Ken Powers served most recently as Associate Administrator for Management and Budget at DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration where he was responsible for administrative operations supporting 33,000 employees nationwide. Powers has also served as Administrator for Infrastructure and Environment at NNSA, and directed project management and procurement activities for NNSA's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. Read More

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Updated Dioxin Assessment shows decline since 1980s.

February 29, 2012

U.S. EPA has finalized its non-cancer science assessment for dioxins, which shows air emissions of dioxins have decreased by 90% since 1980s. It could be considered in range of agency activities, from establishing cleanup levels at Superfund sites, to reviewing dioxin drinking water standard as part of EPA's regularly scheduled review process, to evaluating whether additional Clean Air Act limits on dioxin emissions are warranted. Read More

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EPA Issues Permit for construction site stormwater discharges.

February 29, 2012

U.S. EPA is issuing new permit, in accordance with Clean Water Act, that will provide streamlined permitting to construction operators while protecting waterways from discharges of polluted stormwater from construction sites. Effective where EPA is the permitting authority, 2012 construction general permit (CGP) includes protections for surface waters. Updates include steps to limit erosion, minimize pollution sources, provide buffers around surface waters, and define discharge restrictions. Read More

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ELFA releases January Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

February 29, 2012

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for January was $5.1 billion, up 21% from $4.2 billion during same period in 2011. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 1.9% in January from 2.1% in December, and charge-offs decreased to 0.5% from 0.7% in December. Following unusually high credit approval ratio in December, credit approvals returned to more typical level of 77% in January. Read More

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Proficiency Testing Program applies to petroleum coke.

February 28, 2012

ASTM's Proficiency Testing Program (PTP) on Petroleum Coke enables laboratories to compare, improve, and maintain performance in use of ASTM tests on commercial calcined and green petroleum coke. Program offers statistical QA tool to monitor strengths and weaknesses of laboratory performance in conducting testing; resources needed to satisfy proficiency testing elements of laboratory accreditation; as well as periodic comparison of test results with other participating laboratories. Read More

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SAE to host Aerospace Defense Ground Support Equipment event.

February 28, 2012

Scheduled for March 7-8, 2012, Aerospace and Defense Ground Support Equipment Conference will provide educational and networking opportunities. Highlights will include highly recognizable keynote speakers, relevant panelists, and technology topics that are pertinent to future of the industry, such as use of electric vehicles in aviation ground support, applications for fuel cells in ground support equipment, environmental impacts of deicing, ground power, and cargo handling. Read More

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BSA introduces availability of inventory sharing tool.

February 28, 2012

BSA is announcing an internet-based inventory-sharing solution for manufacturers and their networks of authorized distributors developed and conducted by WarehouseTWO®. Individual piles of inventory are virtually combined, increasing channel efficiency. Demand by one party is fulfilled by available inventory owned by another party. More than dumping dead inventory onto others, or living off others' inventory investment, WarehouseTWO is true synergy between peer wholesaler-distributors. Read More

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PTDA 4Q11 Business Index shows 7th quarter of business growth.

February 28, 2012

With reading of 67.3, 4Q2011 PTDA Business Index indicates power transmission/motion control industry is expanding at slightly slower pace than before (3Q2011 reading was 68.1). While distributors and manufacturers both saw growth in 4Q11, distributors outpaced manufacturers for first quarter in this survey's history. Also of note is that participating PTDA members expect 2012 to be another year of growth, with average forecast of 9% (up from 8% in 3Q11 survey). Read More

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NEMA Publishes occupancy motion sensors standard.

February 28, 2012

NEMA WD 7 Occupancy Motion Sensors Standard, previously published as guide, promotes uniformity for definition and measurement of characteristics relevant to use and application of occupancy motion sensors. Specifically, standard covers definition and measurement of field of view and coverage characteristics relevant to use and application of vacancy and occupancy sensors using individual or any combination of passive IR, ultrasonic, or microwave technology. Read More

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EPA addresses GHG permitting requirements.

February 28, 2012

U.S. EPA is proposing not to change greenhouse gas permitting thresholds for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Operating Permit programs. Proposal is part of EPA's common-sense, phase-in approach to GHG permitting under Clean Air Act. EPA is also proposing steps that would streamline permitting process for large emitters already covered by agency's program, including sources that account for nearly 70% of total GHG pollution from stationary sources. Read More

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World of Asphalt and AGG1 Shows extend advance registration.

February 27, 2012

Advance registration has been extended to March 2 for co-located World of Asphalt and AGG1 expositions, which will be held March 13-15, 2012. New Product and Technology Preview will help attendees find new and innovative products and services on show floor. Using online Industry Leaders directory, attendees can connect with product experts onsite. Attendees can also take advantage of more than 90 education sessions that provide operational and management strategies and techniques. Read More

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Clean Energy Education Conference features Alexis Madrigal as keynote speaker.

February 27, 2012

Alexis Madrigal, senior editor for The Atlantic and author of "Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology," will give opening address on November 14, 2012 at 5th National Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference in Albany, NY. Event will bring together training leaders in order to provide participants with opportunity to hear about curricula development, career pathways, and best practices for energy efficiency and renewable energy training. Read More