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Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined, Penalized for FIFRA violations.

September 18, 2012

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company was sentenced in federal district court in Columbus, OH to pay $4 million fine and perform community service for 11 criminal violations of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). In separate civil agreement with U.S. EPA, Scotts agreed to pay more than $6 million in penalties and spend $2 million on environmental projects intended to resolve additional civil pesticide violations. Read More

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PMI Returns to Washington, D.C., for Fall Conference.

September 18, 2012

Taking place in Washington, D.C., from October 7–10, 2012, PMI Fall Conference will feature keynote addresses by Saatchi and Saatchi CEO Annie Longsworth and NAM VP Erin Streeter about importance of positive image and how to maintain and protect that image. Also, panel will feature individuals from diverse backgrounds exploring source of misperceptions concerning plumbing, impacts of those misperceptions, and what can be done to counteract existing perceptions. Read More

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USA, Canada Sign amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

September 18, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Canada’s Minister of the Environment Peter Kent signed amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in Washington, D.C. Revised agreement will facilitate action on threats to Great Lakes water quality and includes strengthened measures to anticipate as well as prevent ecological harm. New provisions address aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and effects of climate change as well as threats to people’s health in Great Lakes Basin. Read More

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NTSB Issues 2 Urgent Safety Recommendations to FAA.

September 18, 2012

NTSB recommended FAA issue airworthiness directive to require, before further flight, immediate ultrasonic inspection of fan midshaft in all GEnx-1B and -2B engines that have not undergone inspection. NTSB recommended FAA require repetitive inspections of fan midshaft at sufficiently short interval that would permit multiple inspections and detection of crack before it could reach critical length and fan midshaft fractures. Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses verification testing of lamps.

September 17, 2012

NEMA has published NEMA LSD 63 Measurement Methods and Performance Variation for Verification Testing of General Purpose Lamps and Systems. Standard establishes variations that can be expected when independent verification testing, generally based on small samples of lamps or ballasts, is performed to estimate product performance characteristics and for comparison to manufacturer’s ratings. Read More

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Benjamin Petersen receives Russell S. Springer Award.

September 17, 2012

Benjamin Petersen, postdoctoral appointee at Sandia National Laboratories, was honored with Russell S. Springer Award during SAE 2012 World Congress. Award recognizes author of outstanding technical paper presented at an SAE International meeting or any of its sections and is published in SAE International literature in the year for which the recipient is selected. Petersen is the author or co-author of 17 papers, including 12 SAE International technical papers and 4 journal articles. Read More

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IPC offers summary of final SEC Conflict Minerals Regulation.

September 14, 2012

To help electronics manufacturers and suppliers make sense of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s 356-page final conflict minerals regulation, IPC has developed "Summary of the Final SEC Rules on Conflict Minerals." Seven-page document provides simplified explanation of the compliance process, as well as information on "phase-in" period implementation, audit standards and objectives, definitions of terms, conflict minerals report content, and disclosure requirements. Read More

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BIO Summit to address algae's role in replacing fossil fuels.

September 14, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 9-12, BIO 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature 2 breakout sessions focusing on commercial applications for algae and advances in algal biomass production and processing. Algae-produced oils hold potential for replacing fossil fuel resources in many products. Algae derived starches, oils, and proteins can be used in food, animal feed, or nutrition supplements, and fatty acids from algae can be used in diesel biofuels as well. Read More