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Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations."                                                     

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples As Safe

March 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."                                                                        

Largest U.S. Cache Of Chemical Weapons About To Be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 2:50 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. acquired 30,600 tons of mustard and nerve agents, but it never used them in war. Nearly 90 percent of its original stockpile has already been destroyed.             

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U.S. Sets New Record For Denying, Censoring Government Files

March 18, 2015 10:17 am | by Ted Bridis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In nearly 1 in 3 cases, when someone challenged under appeal the administration's initial decision to censor or withhold files, the government reconsidered and acknowledged it was at least partly wrong.       

Lawmakers Weigh In On 'Net Neutrality'

March 17, 2015 1:49 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers are getting their chance this week to weigh in on the "net neutrality" debate that has pitted Internet activists against big cable companies and prompted a record number of public comments filed to U.S. regulators.   

EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The FDA and EPA said the process would provide more complete information during risk assessments and regulatory decisions.                     

Obama Says He Is Prepared To Fight GOP Over Education

March 16, 2015 2:36 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama said if the Republican budget doesn't reflect those priorities, they will have "a major debate."                         

GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop On Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Organic is the future of American agriculture."                                

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At Odds With Google, US Seeks New Rule On Computer Access

March 13, 2015 10:26 am | by Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department is at odds with Google and privacy groups over the government's push to make it easier to locate and hack into computers in criminal investigations, a simmering conflict with constitutional and policy implications.

Meat Industry Fights New Dietary Proposal

March 11, 2015 8:35 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The meat industry is seeing red. Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal...       

Chemical Regulations Act Gets A Major Reboot—But Not Everyone Is Applauding

March 11, 2015 8:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

On Tuesday, a pair of Senators introduced a major reform bill that would overhaul the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill  —called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century — was introduced...   

Kochs Say No To Dems' Probe Into Climate Research Funding

March 11, 2015 8:17 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to...

Senator Faces Scrutiny Over Sweeping Chemical Bill

March 11, 2015 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and a Senate colleague have introduced a bill that would overhaul 40-year-old federal regulations that govern the nation's chemical industry. The bill submitted Tuesday and co-sponsored by Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, and Sen. David Vitter,...

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Obama To Announce Effort To Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 9:55 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments in 20 regions of the country to train and hire high technology workers...

Obama's Pro-Trade Allies Fight Claims About China's Currency

March 9, 2015 4:15 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are battling opponents' demands to bar China from keeping its currency value artificially low, a way to subsidize exports. The accusations frustrate and challenge Obama's allies on several fronts. First, they say, it's not...

Bipartisan Resolution Promotes The Internet Of Things

March 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Why the Senate’s support for IoT is great news for manufacturers.                              

Senate Fails To Override Obama's Keystone Veto

March 5, 2015 2:28 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy...

Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject...

Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements. Amid ongoing talks over trade pacts with Pacific Rim nations and Europe, the White House sought Trade Promotion...

Senate Votes To Scrap Union Election Rule

March 4, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to reject a federal rule aimed at shortening the window between a union election petition and the start of voting by workers. The National Labor Relations Board adopted the revised policy late last year after a federal court ruling struck...

EU Nations Get Power To Ban Genetically Modified Crops

March 3, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority. The 28 EU member states on Monday approved the rule that national governments can have the final say in the matter — a move that goes counter to many...

NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

February 28, 2015 7:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The New York Farm Bureau released its 2015 priorities during a recent trip to Washington to meet with the state's congressional...

By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 2:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history. NAM’s updated study said reducing the federal threshold for ozone...

February’s News Roundup

February 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A countdown of this month’s must-know manufacturing stories.                                 

Obama Steps Up Pitch For Trade, Exports

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan. Then there's international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and...

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