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EPA Modifies Settlement with AL company to reduce air pollution.

June 30, 2015

In U.S. District Court for Northern District of Alabama, EPA and U.S. Department of Justice today lodged proposed modification of prior 2006 consent decree with Alabama Power Company. This will secure further reductions of harmful air pollutants, primarily sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), from 3 of said company's coal-fired power plants. Proposed modifications would resolve remaining claims of violations of Clean Air Act's New Source Review program. Read More

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FMA and Harper College construct new metal fabrication lab.

June 29, 2015

FMA has partnered with Harper College for the construction of a new $1.5 million facility designed to create critically needed skilled workers for area manufacturers and related businesses. New 6,000 sq-ft FMA Metal Fabrication Lab, funded in part by $500,000 grant from FMA, will support Harper’s Advanced Manufacturing Program which trains students for high tech manufacturing careers in mechatronics/automation, precision machining, metal fabrication, and supply chain management/logistics. Read More

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ASC lauds House for passage of TSCA reform legislation.

June 29, 2015

According to ASC President Matthew E. Croson, House of Representatives’ passage of the bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act legislation marks the most significant achievement toward chemical regulatory reform since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1990. The House approved H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, by a vote of 398 in favor and 1 dissenting. With passage of H.R. 2576, attention shifts to Senate to vote on its version of TSCA reform. Read More

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AIM North America to host unique device identification event.

June 29, 2015

Event hosted by AIM North America (NA) Healthcare Committee will highlight how technologies using unique device identification (UDI) are being used to meet recent U.S. compliance rules. Representatives from AIM NA Healthcare Committee will provide demonstrations of direct part marketing (DPM), printing and scanning, verification and labeling, and other technologies. Attendees will experience how companies are using UDI to enhance business processes in healthcare and consumer safety. Read More

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AZ and NM Plant Owners to reduce Four Corners plant emissions.

June 29, 2015

EPA and U.S. Department of Justice announced federal Clean Air Act settlement with Arizona- and New Mexico-based utility companies to install pollution control technology to reduce harmful air pollution from Four Corners Power Plant located on Navajo Nation near Shiprock, NM. Settlement requires estimated $160 million in upgrades to plant’s SO2 and NOx pollution controls, $6.7 million for 3 health and environmental mitigation projects for tribal members, and $1.5 million civil penalty. Read More

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EPA Strengthens UST Requirements to improve leak prevention.

June 29, 2015

Strengthening of federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements by U.S. EPA will improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases from USTs. EPA's action aims to strengthen existing requirements and help ensure all USTs in USA meet same release protection standards to better protect people’s health and benefit environment in nation-wide communities. Also, revised requirements will help ensure implementation consistency among states and on tribal lands.
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ANSI President discusses standardization reform in China.

June 29, 2015

S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of ANSI, met with top officials from Chinese entities in Beijing for discussions and trade-related activities aimed at fostering U.S-China cooperation regarding standardization and conformity assessment. Held June 7–11, meetings highlighted developments specifically related to standardization reform process underway in China. ANSI leadership meets frequently with Chinese officials to maintain relationships that make member initiatives possible. Read More

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NEMA White Paper addresses health care code call systems.

June 29, 2015

NEMA has published NEMA SBP 5-2015 Considerations in Planning Code Call Implementation in Health Care Facilities. White paper is intended to assist healthcare facility developers and owners with planning, designing, and implementing code call system and associated call-handling processes, with purposes of optimizing response time and complying with both clinical and building code regulatory requirements, including NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code, 2012 Edition (and later). Read More

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BIO World Congress highlights renewable chemical platforms.

June 29, 2015

According to USDA report, America's renewable chemical and biobased manufacturing industry generated 4 million jobs and contributed $369 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013 alone. Breakout sessions at the 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will feature experts and executives who will showcase latest innovations, remark on future of renewable chemicals and biobased industry, and highlight how companies and innovators are working to shift towards a bioeconomy. Read More

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State DOT Programs help communities become more livable.

June 29, 2015

AASHTO is releasing new video to commemorate Earth Day and to showcase some of the remarkable ways state departments of transportation are making communities more livable and transportation systems more sustainable. For example, with Utah DOT's "Walking School Bus" solution, students with at least one adult present can walk or bike to and from school together. As a result, children are healthier and there are fewer greenhouse gas emissions from buses. Read More

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Equipment Leasing & Finance Industry Confidence is down from May.

June 29, 2015

June 2015 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) reports overall market confidence at 63.0. Regarding next 4 months, survey also covered expectations for business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures (capex), access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and employee hiring. Respondents also chimed in on evaluating leadership of current U.S. economy, U.S. economic conditions, and business development activities spending. Read More

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IPC commends House passage of TSCA Modernization Act of 2015.

June 29, 2015

IPC supports bipartisan efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, which needs to be modernized to reflect 21st century realities. A strong, cost-effective, science-based federal chemical regulatory program is important to IPC members, who use chemicals to manufacture electronics for nation’s defense, transportation, consumer, and other industries. H.R. 2576 includes sensible, balanced provisions for modernizing U.S. chemical safety laws. Read More

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ASABE Revises combine and grain harvesting terminology standard.

June 29, 2015

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announced completion of ANSI/ASAE S343.4, Terminology for Combines and Grain Harvesting. This revision, which aligns terminology with currently used practices, contains terminology pertinent to grain combine design and performance. It also improves communication among engineers and researchers while providing basis for comparative listing of machine specifications. Read More

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Valerie Hayes Jester to receive advocacy award.

June 29, 2015

ELFA has selected Valerie Hayes Jester, President of Brandywine Capital Associates, Inc., to receive the 2015 David H. Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to association’s advocacy efforts to promote sound public policies for the equipment finance industry. Jester has been an active participant in ELFA for more than two decades and was the first woman to serve as Chairman of ELFA, a position she held in 2007. Read More

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NAM Applauds House for standing with manufacturers on TPA.

June 29, 2015

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called U.S. House of Representatives approval of legislation to authorize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), "a victory ... for all Americans." Timmons applauded those who "put politics aside and decisively acted to increase U.S. competitiveness and to open opportunities with the 95 percent of customers living outside our borders." On behalf of manufacturers, Timmons ended calling upon Senate quickly get this measure to President Obama. Read More

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NEMA hails final passage of trade promotion authority.

June 29, 2015

NEMA welcomed final passage by the U.S. Senate of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which sets market-opening objectives for U.S. international trade negotiations and establishes a transparent process for Congress to advise on and consider implementation of any trade agreements negotiated by July 1, 2018. Following 60-38 vote, the act now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Read More

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FAA Implements Safety Reporting Program for AIR employees.

June 29, 2015

FAA, in partnership with National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), implemented Safety Review Process (SRP). This 18-month pilot program, open to all bargaining-unit employees, lets FAA employees who work in Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) elevate safety concerns without fear of retaliation. SRP fosters voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive environment for open reporting, and provides tool to accelerate elevation of safety-related concerns. Read More

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Farm Bill Rules support renewable chemical manufacturers.

June 29, 2015

BIO applauded U.S.Department of Agriculture's release of new interim final rules for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (9003 Program), which provides loan guarantees to biorefineries. With growth of renewable chemical and biobased product manufacturing, United States can maintain its leadership in clean energy and manufacturing, create thousands of high quality U.S. jobs, and reduce dependence on foreign petroleum. Read More

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Land of 10,000 Lakes to host Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT.

June 29, 2015

On Sept 23–25, 2015, hundreds of professional women representing wide range of experience and expertise in manufacturing sector are expected to gather for 2 days of intensive, industry-specific educational and networking sessions at the fifth annual Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT in Minneapolis, MN. Event will include relevant panel discussions, valuable professional development seminars, and prominent keynote speakers, including Rhonda Stites, head of industry solutions for Google Enterprise. Read More

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ASF Components details importance of vendor managed inventory.

June 29, 2015

By providing outsourced procurement, inventory, and delivery, vendor managed inventory (VMI) supplier ASF Components manages class "c" components. Outsourcing to VMI company will help control class-c components and their associated costs and make aerospace and automotive plants more productive. VMI companies can determine optimum/cost effective packaging combinations; manage inventory by plant, work cell, and individual bin; identify inactive/excess inventory to be repurposed; and more.
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