American National Standards Institute

ANSI Creates Musical Animation for holiday standards edification.

O Christmas Tree, How Services Standards Support Thee" video animation, released by ANSI, shows how standards support services that contribute to holiday enjoyment. Using music and video animation, this video illustratesÂ- sampling of thousands of standards that support every sector of service economy. In particular, highlights include standards that help ensure holiday trees are safe and...

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National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers Applaud House Action on customs conference report.

In her statement following House's passage of legislation updating and improving U.S. customs and border policies, NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey said this action is one step" towards updating outdated policies and improving trade facilitation and enforcement. She also challenged Senate "to keep its commitment to growing manufacturing in the United States...

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National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers Praise Trade Provisions in spending bill.

In her statement released after Congress released details of its spending bill, NAM's Linda Dempsey lauded congressional leaders for listening to manufacturers and moving to take 2 major actions to promote U.S. exports. Dempsey cited lifting of decades-old" crude oil exports ban as well as repeal of Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) provisions. Latter, according to Dempsey, "have repeatedly...

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National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

NEMA commends passage of appropriations and tax package.

America's electrical and medical imagingÂ- industries commend Congress for passing a $1.1 trillion omnibus legislative package that funds the government through September 30, 2016. Bill includes 2-year deferral of 2.3% medical device excise tax, extension of the energy-efficient commercial building tax deduction through 2016, and legislation that will allow businesses to...

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National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

NEMA urges CEC to revise LED bulb proposal.

NEMA called on the California Energy Commission to ensure that California consumers have access to the most efficient and cost-effective LED bulbs currently on the market. Under CEC's proposed regulation, LED bulbs would be required to meet very specific requirements for color rendering index. This proposal would compel California residents to buy more costly, less energy-efficient LED bulbs...

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Number of NREL Inventions surpassed previous years.

Last fiscal year, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)Â- came up with 169 inventions. ROI process represents first step in protecting and eventually transferring federally funded research to private sector, and investment of patent protection is undertaken on about half of ROIs submitted according to NREL TTO director Kristin Gray. Last year's ROI submissions, which also include...

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Power Transmission Distributors Association

PTDA 2016 Conference offers intimate networking opportunities.

PTDA is taking registrations for the 2016 Leadership Development Conference, which will be held March 3–4, 2016 in Charleston, SC. Heping PTDA members find ways to bring their future management team up-to-speed so they can competently step intoÂ- supervisory role, conference will feature 2 sessions:  Ready. Get Set. Lead." dinner program by Randy Disharoon and...

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EPA announces 2015 annual environmental enforcement results.

In fiscal year 2015, EPA secured record-setting hazardous waste, Clean Air Act, and Superfund settlements, and acted swiftly to win a large criminal plea agreement following a major coal ash spill. Additionally,Â- EPA pursued a final settlement that puts billions of dollars to work restoring the Gulf and helping communities affected by the BP oil spill, and launched an investigation...

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Aerospace Industries Association

AIA welcomes Omnibus passage.

According to statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher, AIA is pleased Congress has passed the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which avoids a year-long continuing resolution. FAA is to receiveÂ- $16.3 billion, including increases for Next Gen air transportation modernization initiatives and unmanned aircraft system integration. NASA funding is increased to $19.3 billion, NOAA...

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BIO expresses support for tax extender legislation.

BIO welcomed legislation to extend critical tax incentives that are important to biotechnology companies. Legislation would make permanent the important Research & Development Tax Credit and expand eligibility for start-up companies, extend through 2016 the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit and the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, and extend...

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