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BIO responds to white paper on Renewable Fuel Standard.

May 2, 2013

In letter addressing House Energy & Commerce Committee’s white paper, "Agricultural Sector Impacts," Brent Erickson wrote, "Congress established the RFS to encourage the use of existing biofuels and the development of advanced biofuels in order to reduce our reliance on the rising cost and price volatility of foreign oil. Therefore, it is crucial we maintain the RFS in order to spur on alternative energy production to stabilize and lower both energy and food costs." Read More

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NIST to hold second cybersecurity workshop.

May 2, 2013

On May 29-31, NIST is holding second of 4 planned workshops to develop voluntary framework to reduce cybersecurity risks for critical infrastructure. During spring and summer workshops, attendees will be asked to identify, refine, and guide the many interrelated considerations, challenges, and efforts needed to build framework. Participants in working sessions will analyze and discuss framework's initial inputs, including RFI responses and preliminary analysis conducted by NIST. Read More

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NIST Revises Computer Security Guide to address current threats.

May 2, 2013

NIST published fourth revision of Security and Privacy Controls for Federal information Systems and Organizations, known to federal computer security and contractor community as SP (Special Publication) 800-53. Motivated by expanding and increasingly sophisticated and persistent threats being faced with greater frequency, Revision 4 integrates state-of-the-practice security controls and control enhancements while taking more holistic approach to information security and risk management. Read More

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MESA North American Conference sees launch of TCS's PIB.

May 2, 2013

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) launched its first Plant in a Box (PIB) offering during MESA 2013 North American Conference. According to TCS, this offering, which leverages such models as MESA's B2MML and ISA 95, is intended to help manufacturers rapidly set up, operate, optimize, and replicate lean manufacturing plant business systems. Initially, offering will focus on automotive industry, both OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, with intention to extend to other discrete and process industries. Read More

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NREL teams with Navy to cut energy use.

May 2, 2013

During first phase of partnership, NREL worked to identify what technologies would help meet Navy energy goals, along with best locations to demonstrate them. Eight technologies were chosen with roughly half in Hawaii and other half in Guam. Technologies being installed fall into 3 general categories: advanced HVAC, building efficiency, and advanced renewables and facility integration. Final phase will be to report on technologies and help transition them to other sites and commercial market. Read More

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SPE ANTEC® 2013 opens amidst new era of opportunity.

May 2, 2013

In addition to world's largest plastics technical conference, SPE ANTEC® 2013 included "Business of Plastics" conference focusing on non-technical issues of business management. ANTEC 2013 consists of more than 500 original, peer-reviewed technical papers in 35 topic areas, plus more than 30 business presentations. In addition, 19 special presentations focused on emerging technologies, new advanced materials, shale gas boom, and key market sectors such as medical and wire/cable. Read More

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SPE names Jon Ratzlaff as President during ANTEC® 2013.

May 2, 2013

At ANTEC® 2013, SPE installed Jon Ratzlaff, technical services manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, as President. Ratzlaff has been SPE member since 1995, is SPE Certified Plastics Technologist, and is an author of SPE Injection Molding Technicians Toolbox guide. Society also named Vijay B. Boolani as President-elect, who is President of Boolani Engineering Corporation in Mumbai, India. Boolani, SPE member since 1981, was Chair of ANTEC® Mumbai held in December 2012. Read More

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EPA Continues Climate Change Conversation for Earth Day.

May 2, 2013

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. EPA expanded conversation on climate change through public engagement and education concerning importance of protecting air, water, and land. Activities included announcement of District Sustainability Award and honorees for Green Ribbon Schools program, Earth Day event at Union Station, and announcement of Campus RainWorks Challenge winners, focused on stormwater infrastructure. Multiple activities were planned for Washington, DC area and other regions. Read More