National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

NEMA commends FERC approval of Midwest Transmission proposal.

Federal Energy Regulation Commission approved proposal that removes barriers to development of much-needed transmission that will deliver cleaner and cheaper energy to consumers across Midwest. Proposal, offered by Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. and its stakeholders, is intended to enable region to comply with energy policy mandates and to address reliability and economic...

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IPC releases revision A to IPC-2222 Design Standard.

Helping developers avoid common missteps that reduce board manufacturability, IPC-2222, Sectional Design Standard for Rigid Organic Printed Boards, has been expanded to include more information on board materials, such as relative costs, tolerances of board thickness, unsupported holes, and hole aspect ratios. Designers who use IPC-2222A can help ensure that the boards they design will meet...

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IREC releases comprehensive report on net metering.

Titled The Intersection of Net Metering and Retail Choice," IREC's report provides overview of policy, practice, and issues, detailing methodologies states use to accomplish net metering in competitive electricity markets. Net metering is a policy that enables electric customer's meter to spin backwards and is considered one of the most important, cost-effective policies to help owners of solar...

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National Association of Manufacturers

NAM Says America COMPETES Act will improve competitiveness.

In his statement, made after Senate passage of America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116), NAM President and CEO John Engler expressed pleasure on behalf of manufacturers that the legislature is on its way to be signed into law. Our economic future relies more than ever on our ability to innovate," said Engler, "and the reauthorization of the COMPETES Act will help manufacturers...

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National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers believe tax relief will spur economic recovery.

According to NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons, manufacturers are pleased that the House passed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 with no amendments. These much-needed incentives will spur investment, economic growth, and job creation. NAM has been a leader in advocating for these tax extensions, including the R/D credit, 100-percent expensing, and tax...

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ASTM International

Carbon Black Standard is inspired by US EPA regulations.

ASTM D7662, Test Method for Carbon Content in Carbon Black Feedstock Oils, stems from new US EPA regulations mandating greenhouse gas reporting in US carbon black industry. Applicable to commercial feedstock oils used to produce carbon black products in furnace or thermal process, standard will also be of use to contract laboratories. Measuring total carbon content of feedstock oils is important...

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Aerospace Industries Association

AIA urges passage of appropriations.

AIA agrees with comments by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warning that the department would suffer adverse consequences if Congress fails to pass a full defense appropriations bill as part of any funding package. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, asking DOD to manage its vast and complex operations under year-long continuing resolution would hurt efforts to meet needs that...

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Aerospace Industries Association

AIA welcomes Aviation Advisory Committee's recommendations.

AIA is encouraged by recommendations presented to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood by the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. Several subcommittees recommended continued investment in the Next Generation Air Transportation System, as well as environmental research and development funding. Subcommittees also addressed a number of critical AIA priorities, including promoting development of...

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The Tire Industry Association (Tia)

TIA commends Congressional vote on income and state taxes.

TIA expressed gratitude to members of U.S. House of Representatives that voted in favor of extending tax cuts and restoring lower-level estate tax with higher exemption amounts. Organization has been actively lobbying in support of specific estate tax provision for several years. According to TIA Executive VP Roy Littlefield, TIA members will not have to worry about previously onerous levels of...

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EPA and ECHA sign agreement to enhance chemical safety.

The U.S. EPA and European Chemicals Agency have announced a partnership that will promote technical cooperation on chemical management activities. Partnership was formalized through statement of intent and was highlighted at Transatlantic Economic Council meeting. Statement puts in place a process for working together on issues of mutual interest including toxicity testing, hazard and risk...

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