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Acid Manufacturer To Cut Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions

March 19, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

A large manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states.                 

Data Shows 2nd Radiation Release At New Mexico Site

March 19, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.                     

EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.          

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U.S., Toyota Reach $1B Settlement

March 19, 2014 8:06 am | by Eric Tucker and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota and filed a criminal charge alleging the automaker defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues.             

Calif. Slaughterhouse Recalls Another Product

March 18, 2014 2:59 pm | News | Comments

The Monterey County Health Department said in a statement on Monday that it was recalling Krave Jerky's garlic chili pepper beef jerky processed at Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma, Calif.           

North Dakota Tries To Woo Workers To Fill Empty Jobs

March 18, 2014 12:44 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's unprecedented oil bonanza has made it the economic darling of the nation — boasting a sturdy economy, a state government budget surplus, and its highest population ever.              

Federal Grand Jury To Investigate Duke Energy Spill

March 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

The session at the federal courthouse in Raleigh comes as environmental groups amp up pressure on regulators and lawmakers to force Duke to clean up the leaky, unlined ash pits polluting North Carolina's waterways.        

N.J. Mulls Ban On Fracking Waste

March 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state Senate committee advanced a bill on Monday that would prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal or storage of any wastewater, solids, sludge or other byproducts resulting from hydraulic fracturing.        

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U.S. Consumer Prices Tick Up 0.1 Percent

March 18, 2014 8:58 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cheaper energy kept U.S. consumer prices in check last month, despite a big rise in the cost of food, the latest sign that inflation is tame.                   

Baucus Wants 'Level Playing Field' For U.S. Businesses In China

March 18, 2014 8:24 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus embraced the increasingly intertwined relationship between the two countries, saying he would push for fair trade while urging Beijing to respect human rights.         

India To Appeal Decision In Scrapped Helicopter Case

March 18, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

India canceled the contract with Italian-owned Finmeccanica's helicopter arm AgustaWestland in January amid allegations that the company paid bribes to win the $750 million deal for 12 luxury helicopters to ferry VIPs.             

GM Recalls 1.18 Million SUVs For Air Bag Problem

March 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recalls aren't related to investigations over the defective ignition switches case, but the company did say they're part of a broad product safety review prompted by the ignition switch problem, which is linked to 12 deaths.      

Unemployment Rates Drop In 43 U.S. States In January

March 17, 2014 11:42 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in just one state — Iowa — where the rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent. That's far below the national rate of 6.6 percent that month.            

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Jack Daniel's Opposes Change To 'Tennessee Whiskey'

March 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Bruce Schreiner and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

If it isn't fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof, it isn't Tennessee whiskey. Now state lawmakers are considering dialing back some of those requirements that they say make it too difficult for craft distilleries to market their spirits as Tennessee whiskey.

U.S. Lags Behind As Commercial Drones Take Off Globally

March 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FAA bars commercial use of drones no matter how seemingly benign. The lone exception is an oil company that has been granted permission to fly drones over the Arctic Ocean, and it took an act of Congress to win that concession.      

California Wants 3 Toxic Chemicals Out Of Products

March 17, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The California Department of Toxic Substances is not banning the substances, but its manufacturers have until roughly the end of 2016 to find safer alternatives.                           

Obama Overtime Plan Already Stirring Controversy

March 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                    

NYC Explosion A Reminder Of Aging, Costly Infrastructure

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by David Crary, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Just upgrading the nation's water and wastewater systems is projected to cost between $3 trillion and $5 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.        

Dems Grapple With Dilemma On Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2014 9:36 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dilemma was highlighted Thursday as President Barack Obama's former national security adviser — and now a consultant to the oil industry — said Obama should approve the pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message.     

Senators Strike Bipartisan Jobless Benefits Deal

March 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bipartisan Senate negotiators said Thursday that they'd struck a $9.7 billion compromise over the issue, agreeing to a five-month extension paid for by boosting some federal revenues.                   

Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:17 am | by Audrey Mcavoy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

Should Foreign Aircraft Shops Require Drug Testing?

March 13, 2014 10:50 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops.             

Report Says Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 13, 2014 10:44 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system, according to a report.           

Plant In Listeria Outbreak Had Previous Violations

March 13, 2014 10:38 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal inspectors have found several problems over the years at a Delaware dairy facility whose operations were recently halted after a deadly outbreak of a food-borne bacteria.            

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