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ANSI Members receive NIST Education Challenge Grants.

December 20, 2012

Standards Services division of NIST awarded 6 Education Challenge Grants to help improve integration of standardization into formal curriculum of business and engineering programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Two grants were awarded to projects overseen by partnership between Purdue University and SES (Society for Standards Professionals), an ANSI organizational member, and other grants went to ANSI organizational members Georgetown University and San Jose State University. Read More

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Collaboration delivers backhaul architecture model.

December 20, 2012

Developed in collaboration with International Society of Automation standards committee ISA100, approved backhaul architecture model provides common framework that enables multiple industrial communication protocols to run over shared wireless backhaul network in process automation systems. Completion of this work is a key milestone supporting implementation of Fieldbus Foundation's wireless High Speed Ethernet backhaul included in FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management technology. Read More

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ELFA's December 2012 MCI-EFI shows declining confidence.

December 20, 2012

According to December 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), confidence in equipment finance market is 48.5, down from November's 49.9, and reflects concerns regarding impact of fiscal issues on capital expenditures despite overall sense of optimism. Of executives responding to prediction of business conditions over next 4 months, 5.9% expected improvement, 73.5% said it would remain same, and 20.6% believe conditions will worsen. Read More

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AIA welcomes Congressional action on satellite export control.

December 20, 2012

AIA applauds Congress for moving to end draconian over-regulation of commercial satellite exports. Fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act would return authority to president to determine appropriate export control requirements for commercial satellites and related technologies after years of mandating imposition of inflexible, military-level controls. Ending this self-imposed burden on U.S. competitiveness in global commercial satellite marketplace is critical to national security. Read More

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EPA Enforcement protects communities from harmful pollution.

December 20, 2012

U.S. EPA released its annual enforcement results, showing significant environmental and public health protections achieved. In 2012, there was a reduction of 2.2 billion pounds of air, water, and land pollution, as well as 4.4 billion pounds of hazardous waste, and $252 million in civil and criminal penalties levied. In addition, EPA also focused on enforcement efforts that reduce smaller amounts of pollution but have substantial health impact in communities. Read More

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Manufacturers urge President to approve Keystone XL pipeline.

December 20, 2012

NAM is spearheading effort with 152 businesses and business groups to urge President Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline. Group sent a letter to the President emphasizing that the project is a clear job creator and will enhance nation’s energy security and competitiveness. According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, pipeline will create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and more than 118,000 spin-off jobs while providing affordable energy to help manufacturers better compete. Read More

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American Chemistry Council and SPE announce partnership.

December 20, 2012

American Chemistry Council and SPE announced new partnership that will increase the value of both associations to their respective members and increase awareness that plastic materials and products are contributing to a more sustainable future. Through partnership, members of both organizations will enjoy certain reciprocal benefits. To some extent, associations also agreed to use each other's communication channels. Read More

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ASC Identifies Regulatory Issues Focus and changes nomenclature.

December 20, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announced that its regulatory affairs focus in 2013 will be South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) plan to reopen Rule 1168 and U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) efforts to revise their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. To align its actual activities with committee name, ASC is changing from Government Relations Committee to the Regulatory Affairs Committee. Read More