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Health, Industry Groups Spar Over Ozone Rule

February 3, 2015 5:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Health advocates and environmental groups are urging federal officials to adopt stricter limits on ozone, while an industry group argued taking that step would needlessly hamper manufacturing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the threshold for ground-level ozone, or smog, from the current 75 parts per...

State Department Won't Intervene In Nissan-UAW Dispute

February 3, 2015 2:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The dispute between Nissan Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union over organizing workers at a Mississippi auto plant will continue without intervention from the federal government. The UAW, which has sought to unionize Nissan's Canton, Mississippi plant for more than a decade, last spring asked the...

Obama's Budget Includes Billions For Coal States

February 3, 2015 12:01 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's new budget proposal includes more than $3 billion worth of tax credits and other spending to help the Appalachian region recover from the job losses and economic impact of the declining coal industry. But the new Republican-controlled Congress appeared skeptical of the...

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NAM: Punitive Budget Will Hurt The Economy

February 3, 2015 10:37 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016: “If the President is serious about helping manufacturers sustain their resurgence in the United States, this outrageous budget proposal is a bad place to...

Q&A: Food Facilities And FDA Registration

February 3, 2015 10:16 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Last month, food companies around the world found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the process of removing all food facilities that did not renew their FDA registration by the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline from its registration database.According to Registrar Corp, the Food Safety Modernization Act requires...

Obama Proposes $3.99 Trillion Budget For 2016

February 3, 2015 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

President Obama has unveiled his new budget proposal — all $3.99 trillion of it. According to the President, the goal of the new budget is to be “practical, not partisan” in order to provide a boost to middle class families and to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Under the President’s new proposal existing spending caps would...

State Drilling Panel Weighs Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals

February 2, 2015 7:24 pm | by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. John Hickenlooper's task force on oil and gas discussed proposals Monday that would force energy companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing and give local governments more of a say on where wells can be drilled. The task force is winnowing down a list of 56...

New Rules May Answer Question: Whose Internet Is It?

February 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the...

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PPL Montana Shutting Down J.E. Corette Coal-Fired Power Plant

February 2, 2015 12:24 pm | by Tom Lutey, The Billings Gazette, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It isn't on its dying breath, but the J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant, for 40 years Billings' worst air polluter, could be weeks away from its last gasp. In 73 days, the final chunks of Wyoming coal will drop into Corette's furnace, and when those final embers fade, the 46-year-old power...

Obama Proposes New Food Safety Agency

February 2, 2015 12:09 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe. The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and...

Industry Groups: Manufacturing Day Events Saw Nearly 400,000 Participants

February 2, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Last year's Manufacturing Day campaign involved nearly 400,000 participants at 1,679 total events, organizers said, smashing participation goals for the year. More than 260,000 people joined live events hosted by manufacturers between Oct. 3 and Dec. 12, while the remainder joined a dozen virtual...

Yellowstone Oil Spills Fuel Arguments Over Keystone Line

February 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline — a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this...

OSHA Slaps Georgia-Pacific Chemicals With 11 Safety Violations, $60,500 In Fines

February 2, 2015 9:59 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

There are a lot of ways formaldehyde can be dangerous: It can irritate the skin, and burn the eyes, nose and throat; it can be a fire or explosion hazard; and if swallowed, it can be deadly. Formaldehyde was one of the toxic chemicals that OSHA says Georgia-Pacific Chemicals exposed its workers to by...

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Report: Governments Should Phase Out Emphasis On Bioenergy

January 30, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A report released by a global research group recommends that governments cease most attempts to bolster bioenergy production, arguing they "undercut efforts to combat climate change and to achieve a sustainable food future." The analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute said dedicating property that...

Sale Of Bucksport Mill To Canadian Recycler Finalized

January 30, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale of a shuttered Bucksport mill to a Canadian metal recycler is complete. Verso Paper Corp. spokesman Bill Cohen said that the sale to AIM Development closed on Thursday. A union representing some workers at the mill had filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the sale and open a way for a...

American Economy In The Fourth Quarter: A Mixed Bag

January 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg News sat down with Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek Economics Editor, and Susan Lyne, AOL BBG Ventures President to discuss the American economy, and to try to answer the question: is America roaring back economically? Coy reported that with an average of a quarter million jobs added per...

Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

January 29, 2015 5:25 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and...

FAA Deems Super Bowl 'No Drone Zone'

January 29, 2015 4:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The FAA announced in a public statement that they will allow absolutely zero drones to fly at the Super Bowl. An ad on the policy says, “Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a ‘No Drone Zone.’ Don’t spoil the game. Leave your drone at home. #nodronezone.” The FAA statement explains, “The FAA will establish...

Fact Check: Both Sides In Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution...

Groups Sue EPA Seeking Livestock Farm Air Quality Standards

January 28, 2015 5:25 pm | by David Pitt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups filed two lawsuits Wednesday alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to address air pollution problems from large-scale livestock farms. The lawsuits, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, say...

Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argued those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades and remain in production currently, and therefore cannot...

EPA Permit Paves Way For $500M Power Plant

January 28, 2015 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have issued a permit that paves the way for construction of a $500 million power plant in South Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the greenhouse gas permit was granted for the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Plant in Brownsville. A Tenaska spokeswoman...

German Automakers Lobby For U.S., EU Trade Deal

January 28, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen lobbied Wednesday for the deal at an event in...

White House Plan Would Open Atlantic Coast To Drilling

January 27, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled plans to lease offshore sites for oil and gas drilling, including, for the first time, areas off the Atlantic Coast. The proposal, announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, would also include leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast, though the...

Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel For Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 1:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade negotiations amid ongoing talks with Pacific Rim nations. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman vowed to work with Congress to secure "bipartisan support" for Trade...

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