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ANSI accepting applications for pilot program.

February 10, 2015

ANSI has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass products. ANSI and ISCC will work in cooperation to regularly assess, monitor, and oversee applicant certification bodies for continuous compliance with ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS requirements. ANSI will also verify bodies' competence in accordance with international standards for accreditation. Read More

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SPE ANTEC Plenary Speakers address progress via 2 technologies.

February 9, 2015

Speakers at plenary sessions of ANTEC® 2015 (March 23 to 25 in Orlando, FL) will discuss 2 technologies – nanotechnology and additive manufacturing – foreseen as key drivers in plastics industry progress. Title of NASA's Michael A. Meador address is "The Role of Nanotechnology in Current and Future Space Missions," while Arburg, Inc's Heinz Gaub address is titled "Arburg Plastic Freeforming: Additive Manufacturing of Plastic Parts Using Standard Granulates." Read More

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Manufacturers testify in favor of current ozone standards.

February 9, 2015

AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman and American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski have issued statements supporting facts presented in organizations’ joint testimony at U.S. EPA public hearing on national ambient air quality standards for ozone. In statement, Donna Harman said, "We are concerned that EPA is headed down the path of imposing another costly, more stringent limit that would have a negligible impact on overall air quality." Read More

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IPC President releases statement on U.S. Government FY16 budget.

February 9, 2015

Released by President Obama, Fiscal Year 2016 Budget of U.S. Government includes funding to expand National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as well as 5.5% increase from 2015 of $146 billion for R&D initiatives. In his statement on behalf of IPC, John Mitchell applauded Obama "for his commitment to grow advanced manufacturing and increase federal R&D investment." Mitchell also noted both aspects as "critical" to IPC’s Global Policy Framework for 2015. Read More

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BIO President says FY 2016 budget threatens medical innovation.

February 9, 2015

In response to President Obama's FY 2016 budget proposal, BIO's Jim Greenwood cited provisions proposing changes to biologic data exclusivity and cuts to Medicare Part D and B as "deeply troubling" and claimed they would be "detrimental to the development of new cures and treatments for patients in need." Amidst prise for other aspects, Greenwood noted BIO will continue to work with Administration "in pursuit of public policies that encourage investment in biotech innovation." Read More

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Cybersecurity Expert Shipp will keynote SME's HOUSTEX 2015.

February 9, 2015

Taking place in Houston, TX from February 24–26, SME's HOUSTEX 2015 will offer keynote by Chris Shipp, chief information security officer of Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations, to address threats facing manufacturers and how they can best prepare and protect their companies. This presentation will feature live demonstration in which Shipp will hack from Internet through business network to take complete control of industrial control system. Read More

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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