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ASC Spring Convention and Expo bring industry members together.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council, Inc.    Bethesda, MD 20814
May 19, 2014 As announced by Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), 562 attendees participated in Spring Convention and EXPO that was held April 28–30, 2014 in Orlando, FL. This event was co-located with PSA Short Course, which drew record number of 58 participants. ASC President Matthew E. Croson said "ASC members and non-members found the program to be of strong value." Reflecting on "action packed 2.5 days," Croson noted meetings, business connections, and learning that took place there.
NEMA Commends Federal Commitment to energy conserving ESPCs.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 19, 2014 NEMA's Evan R. Gaddis commended Obama administration for setting ambitious and achievable goal of continuing to use energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to upgrade energy efficiency of federal facilities. Specifically, President Barack Obama set goal for federal agencies to enter into $2 billion of ESPCs over the next 3 years. This adds specific target to his December 2013 announcement of continued ESPC use through 2016, bringing total commitment up to $4 billion since 2011.
BIO disagrees with biogenic CO2 emissions categorization.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 19, 2014 BIO "disagrees with the categorization of biogenic CO2 emissions as equivalent to those of fossil fuels" the trade organization wrote in comments to EPA's Proposed Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. According to Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, Electric Utility Generating Units firing biomass, regardless of percentage, should not be subject to proposed standards.
BIO supports American Research and Competitiveness Act.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 19, 2014 BIO applauds U.S. House passage of the American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438), which would establish a permanent research tax credit. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, the R&D tax credit is a vitally important incentive that spurs private-sector funding of the search for new cures and treatments for patients in need. This research not only produces new groundbreaking medical discoveries, but also supports millions of well-paying American jobs.
Global Parts Competition Winners announced at SPE ANTEC 2014.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
May 19, 2014 SPE announced winners of its Global Parts Competition during SPE ANTEC® 2014, which took place April 28 to May 1 in Las Vegas, NV. Rear door assembly, developed by Walter Pack Group for Renault Twizy electric car, was chosen as Grand Prize winner as well as one of winners in Protecting Life, Quality of Life, Improving Life, and Sustaining Life categories. Winners also included Plasan Carbon Composites (Bennington, VT) and Plastic Technologies, Inc. (Perrysburg, OH).
NIST awards manufacturing technology planning grants.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 19, 2014 NIST awarded 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants totaling $9 million to new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance across industries. Awarded to universities and other non-profit organizations, grants are the first conferred by NIST’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. They range from $378,900 to $540,000 for a period of up to 2 years.
FAA proposes civil penalty against VT Milcom, Inc.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
May 19, 2014 FAA is proposing $91,000 civil penalty against VT Milcom, Inc. for allegedly violating U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges that on July 17, 2013, VT Milcom shipped two 1-gallon metal containers of paint on a FedEx aircraft from Virginia Beach, VA to Jacksonville, NC. Investigators determined shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate hazardous nature of contents and was not marked, labeled, or packed in accordance with Hazardous Material Regulations.
BIO and ViS Research help streamline pediatric clinical trials.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 16, 2014 BIO and ViS Research (ViS) announced Pediatric Clinical Research Group on ViS platform will include pediatric research sites. Launched to improve efficacy of clinical development for pediatric therapeutics, initiative aims to help member companies more efficiently assess global pediatric clinical research landscape and engage sites more easily for pediatric clinical studies. Initiative will also enable mapping of pediatric patient population and reduce site burden from feasibility assessments.
FAA Safety Briefing addresses airworthiness.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
May 16, 2014 Covering Airworthiness Certification and Standards, May/June 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing looks at hidden dangers of layering supplemental type certificates, who to go to when plane has an issue, and how to take care of an aging aircraft. Users can learn more about airworthiness directive process and how to apply for STC. Aeromedical Advisory department introduces Dr. James Fraser as FAA's new Federal Air Surgeon, while Angle of Attack covers new policy on angle of attack indicators.
NREL Industry Group to explore solar lending potential.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
May 16, 2014 NREL recently convened the Banking on Solar working group, which comprises more than 50 members representing solar, banking, legal, regulatory, and financial industries, among others. Group's principal efforts center on standardizing contracts and underwriting processes, as well as educating banks and regulators about risks and rewards of solar asset class. Goal is to reduce barriers to entry for banks that wish to diversify their asset base and invest in a market with high growth potential.
PMMI talks North American pharmaceutical trends at Interpack.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
May 16, 2014 PMMI addressed top trends in robotics, traceability, and retail ready packaging at interpack. According to PMMI's study on robot usage and trends, robots are projected to be used for 27% of primary package for medical devices by 2018, compared to just 3% in 2013. For pharmaceuticals, robots are expected to handle 34% of primary packaging operations, up from 21% in 2013. PMMI has launched Top101Innovators.com online platform to help interpack attendees connect with technology providers.
EPA adds 7 hazardous waste sites to National Priorities List.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 16, 2014 EPA is adding 7 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people's health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. Superfund cleanups also help economic well-being of communities by turning formerly idle properties into productive community assets that can broaden tax bases, create jobs, and enhance property values.
Biofuel Groups welcome Court of Appeals decision in RFS case.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 15, 2014 U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit rejected petition by Monroe Energy, LLC challenging EPA's 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards. After EPA reduced cellulosic biofuel volume for 2013, Monroe Energy challenged EPA’s decision not to reduce renewable fuel and advanced biofuel volumes by same or lesser amount. Court rejected Monroe Energy’s argument and reaffirmed Congress’s directive that EPA ensure that U.S. transportation fuel contains at least the volumes provided in statute.
International CES launches call for speakers.
Consumer Electronics Association    Arlington, VA 22201
May 14, 2014 International CES® today announced its "Call for Speakers" for the 2015 International CES®, which returns to Las Vegas, NV, January 6–9, 2015. Conference boasts talents and expertise of industry speakers through 250 cutting-edge sessions, empowering attendees with knowledge to stay at forefront of innovation. Event will also feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services. Speaker proposals will be accepted through 5 pm EDT, June 13, 2014.
Alaska UAS Test Site begins research flights.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
May 14, 2014 FAA announced that the University of Alaska's unmanned aircraft system test site is the second of 6 to become operational. Agency has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization allowing flights by Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex in Fairbanks. Main purpose of operation is to show how UAS can accurately locate, identify, and count large wild animals for survey operations requested by state of Alaska.
BIO announces Buzz of BIO contest winners.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 14, 2014 BIO has announced winners of the 2014 BIO International Convention® Buzz of BIO contest, recognizing highly innovative companies in the biotech sector. Competition spotlights emerging companies that are R&D intensive and helps position them to develop strategic partnerships within the industry. BNOAT Oncology, Inc. and HNu-nanoPOINT won Technologies of Tomorrow category, while Kibow Biotech Inc. and Novan Therapeutics won Pipelines of Promise category.
AEM helps lead Exhibitions Day launch on Capitol Hill.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
May 14, 2014 AEM will help lead Exhibitions Day in Washington D.C., June 16–17. Initiative will educate federal lawmakers on the business value of face-to-face events and how regulatory action can affect organizers' attendance-building efforts. Spearheaded by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, event will include Capitol Hill visits to members of Congress and their staffs, as well as outreach to educators and the media.
BIO welcomes White House National Climate Assessment.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 14, 2014 BIO welcomes release of White House National Climate Assessment, because tools of biotechnology are necessary to help mitigate impacts of climate change on human health, energy, and agricultural production. According to recent BIO study, EPA's proposed rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard would increase carbon emissions for 2014 and significantly reverse progress U.S. has made in reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector that is noted in the National Climate Assessment.
EPA releases EnviroAtlas ecosystem mapping tool.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 14, 2014 U.S. EPA released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helping decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas can help people learn about ecosystems, and how they provide benefits such as clean air and water, opportunities for recreation, and protection from severe weather, such as hurricanes and floods.
National Research Council praises EPA IRIS program enhancements.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 14, 2014 U.S. EPA actions to improve its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, which provides information regarding health effects of environmental contaminants, were applauded in report by National Academies' NRC. Specifically, report commends EPA for its substantive new approaches, continued commitment to improving process, as well as successes thus far. NRC expects completion of planned revisions "in a timely way" and that said revisions will "transform the IRIS program."

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