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EPA releases sustainability and climate change plans.

November 6, 2014

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, EPA released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather, and temperature extremes. These Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans coincide with fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, which set aggressive energy, climate, and environmental targets for agencies. Read More

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Inaugural Ottawa Briefing draws leaders to Parliament Hill.

November 6, 2014

Leaders of Canadian equipment industry convened at nation’s capital for AED's inaugural Ottawa Briefing. Meeting featured remarks by Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister; panels on infrastructure, energy, tax, and workforce policy; discussion about provincial road construction programs; and preview of 2015 Canadian federal elections. Conference reflects continuing evolution of AED’s Canadian public policy program and commitment to raise industry’s visibility in Canada. Read More

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SME #MFGis Campaign showcases manufacturing truths and good times.

November 6, 2014

Launching with "#MFGis generational" theme, SME's #MFGis campaign will create awareness of career opportunities and dispel industry myths via students, educators, professionals, and companies defining manufacturing through storytelling, social media, and multimedia. Submissions from individuals/organizations are encouraged to share stories of how manufacturing impacts their lives or what manufacturing means to them. Each quarter, SME will announce new themes or topics for story submissions. Read More

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Two Toxic Hotspots have been removed from binational list.

November 5, 2014

As announced by EPA, 2 U.S. Areas of Concern – Deer Lake in Lake Superior basin and White Lake in Lake Michigan basin – have been removed from binational list of toxic hotspots targeted for cleanup in U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding accelerated cleanup actions over past 5 years. "I couldn’t be prouder of the work we have done," said EPA's Gina McCarthy, citing reductions in public health threats benefitting local economies. Read More

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NREL Industry Growth Forum brings together energy innovators.

November 5, 2014

Hosted by NREL, Industry Growth Forum attracted ~400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and thought leaders to Denver, CO. In addition to hearing business case presentations from 30 clean energy companies, participants were engaged by speakers, panel discussions, and organized networking opportunities. Three entrepreneurial companies were singled out from 30 competitively-selected presenters to win 2014 Clean Energy Venture Awards: HiQ Solar, Inc.; ClearCove Systems; and Wetzel Blade. Read More

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AeroDef Manufacturing 2015 explores flexible manufacturing.

November 5, 2014

During 2015 AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition, Michael Maher of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will deliver keynote speech on the potential of flexible manufacturing for aerospace. Concept of flexible manufacturing is gaining interest among aerospace manufacturers who are seeking ways to maximize capacity when demand is low, as it is now in the defense sector, and drive down production costs when demand is high, as it is now in the commercial sector. Read More

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North American PCB Orders strengthened in September.

November 5, 2014

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, sales remained sluggish in September while orders strengthened. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 2.8% in Sept 2014 from Sept 2013, reducing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.2%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were up 10.1%. PCB bookings increased by 10.6% compared to Sept 2013, improving year-to-date order growth rate to -4.2%. Order growth jumped 17.0% in Sept compared to previous month. Read More

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Audi's Rupert Stadler will keynote 2015 International CES Asia.

November 5, 2014

At 5 pm on May 24, Rupert Stadler, chairman of board of management at AUDI AG, will provide preshow keynote address at 2015 International CES Asia™. Event takes place May 25–27 in Shanghai, China and will feature global businesses showcasing latest products and technologies entering Asian marketplace. CEA® President and CEO Gary Shapiro called Rupert Stadler, "the perfect leader to kick off this dynamic event." CES Asia will span 8,500 net square meters of exhibit space. Read More

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EPA Provides NODA pertaining to Clean Power Plan.

November 5, 2014

As part of its outreach since Clean Power Plan, EPA is making additional information and ideas available for public comment. This notice of data availability (NODA) seeks to ensure interested parties are aware of issues/ideas raised by stakeholders so everyone can consider them as they formulate their comments, which are due December 1, 2014. Separately, EPA is proposing goals to reduce carbon pollution in areas of Indian Country and U.S. Territories where fossil-fuel power plants are located. Read More

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FAA issues final rule updating aircraft icing standards.

November 4, 2014

According to FAA's updated standards, U.S. manufacturers must show that transport airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain, conditions that constitute icing environment known as "supercooled large drops". FAA is also mandating changes to icing certification requirements for engines, engine installations, and some airplane systems on all transport airplanes. These systems must be able to perform in freezing rain, freezing drizzle, mixed phase, and ice crystal conditions. Read More

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Informational Tool updates transportation revenue options.

November 4, 2014

While public officials continue to discuss ways to fund new surface transportation authorization, AASHTO has updated its matrix of revenue generating options with easy-to-understand graphics. Bubble display and bar chart allow viewers to see how much revenue, or how little, some measures might provide based on illustrative rates provided. This will enable legislators to analyze funding options appropriate to achieving desired levels of surface transportation investment. Read More

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Gas Asia Summit is critical to meeting industry challenges.

November 4, 2014

As sponsor to Gas Asia Summit in Singapore, CSA Group congratulates participants on their commitment towards resolving global and regional challenges facing industry, regulators, and governments seeking to harness natural gas as sustainable, efficient, and clean energy source. CSA Group will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure development of new standards, testing, and certification processes that lead towards sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of natural gas products. Read More

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EPA Administrator announces 2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors.

November 4, 2014

During National Congress of American Indians’ annual convention, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced 2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors, tribal college and university professors who work in partnership with EPA scientists to improve environmental conditions and public health in tribal communities. Recipients include: Fond Du Lac College, Cloquet, MN; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA; and Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT. Read More

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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