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NTSB Recommendations address air cargo fires.

November 30, 2012

NTSB has issued 3 recommendations to reduce impact of in-flight fires aboard cargo airplanes, saying current fire protection regulations are inadequate. Recommendations urge Federal Aviation Administration to require active fire suppression systems in all cargo containers or compartments of cargo aircraft. They also recommend improving early detection of fires within cargo containers and pallets and urge that cargo containers provide better fire resistance. Read More

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Motion Control Shipments are up 2.3% for first 9 months of 2012.

November 30, 2012

According to statistics released by Motion Control Association (MCA), motion control product shipments are up 2.3% for first 9 months of 2012 compared to same period in 2011. MCA President Jedd Burnstein called the figure "encouraging," citing weakening global manufacturing and the fiscal cliff threat. MCA Director of Market Analysis Alex Shikany pointed out that strongest growth in shipments for first 9 months of 2012 was seen in sensors and feedback devices at 22.5% and AC Motors at 21.2%. Read More

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Biofuel Organizations thank Senators for amendment.

November 30, 2012

Coalition of organizations representing farmers who grow energy crops, advanced biofuels industry which converts these feedstocks into drop-in fuels, customers who procure fuels, and national security organizations thanked Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and other co-sponsors for introducing amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Adopting advanced "drop-in" biofuels will help Department of Defense and the nation achieve broader national security objectives. Read More

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BIO Says NCCR Report unfairly ignores costs of imported oil.

November 30, 2012

BIO's Brent Erickson called Renewable Fuel Standard report released by National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) an "attack on America’s renewable energy policy" that blames biofuel for increased food costs while ignoring economic impact of imported oil. Erickson cited documented correlation between oil prices and inflation (including food prices) by U.S. Energy Information Administration as well as "exhaustive analysis" by EPA that encompassed 500 scenarios. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report forecasts steady conditions.

November 29, 2012

According to November 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect steady business conditions during next 3 months; 45% of 125 sampled metalforming companies anticipate economic activity will remain unchanged. Companies also expect slight uptick in incoming orders over same time period, while average daily shipping levels remained steady. Percentage of companies with workforce on short time or layoff increased to 17%, up from 1% from October and same as 1 year ago. Read More

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EPA raises food waste awareness on America Recycles Day.

November 29, 2012

For 15th annual America Recycles Day, held on November 15, EPA renewed its commitment to helping Americans reduce wasted food with Sustainable Materials Management Food Recovery Challenge. Initiative helps participants make purchasing decisions, find uses for surplus food, and recycle rather than send waste to landfills. Agency says each year, over 33 million tons of food are combusted or end up in landfills, where it produces methane that contributes to climate change. Read More

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EPA launches septic system maintenance awareness program.

November 29, 2012

EPA launched SepticSmart program encouraging homeowners to take steps to maintain their home septic systems, preventing expensive repairs and pollution to local waterways. National program aims to educate homeowners about proper daily system use and need for periodic maintenance. Suggesting inspections every 3 yr and other tips, it also provides industry practitioners, local governments, and community organizations with tools and materials to educate clients and residents. Read More

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CSA Group acquires Orb Optronix.

November 29, 2012

CSA Group has acquired Orb Optronix, a privately held company located in Kirkland, Washington, that specializes in the characterization, measurement, and testing of discrete LEDs, LED arrays, LED light engines, LED replacement lamps, and LED luminaires. Acquisition of Orb Optronix provides CSA Group with state-of-the-art LED and lighting metrology testing capabilities, accelerating and enhancing its Solid State Lighting testing capabilities globally. Read More