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The Most Expensive Regulation in Manufacturing History

April 21, 2015 2:24 pm | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that states the ozone regulation under consideration by the EPA will be the most expensive regulation of all time. 

Texas One Step Closer to Prohibiting Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Texas House late last week approved legislation that would pre-empt local government...

U.S. Business Group in China Urges More Transparency

April 21, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and...

BMW Recalling 91.8K Mini Coopers to Fix Air Bag Problem

April 20, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front...

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Obama Defends Pursuit Of Sweeping Trade Pact

April 20, 2015 10:34 am | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."

Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 20, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Selma-based Hyundai supplier is disputing allegations that it fired a whistleblower in a federal safety investigation.

OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 20, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators cited a New York plastics company for dozens of alleged safety violations.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 17, 2015 1:38 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner who has set their sights on new factories and growth, while the loser has become the focus of statewide bans and legal resistance.

Nissan Expands Air Bag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag.

Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 17, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Arizona no longer allows its local governments to enact taxes or bans on plastic bags after Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on legislation this week.   

Environmentalists Kick Up Dust at Fracking Industry in Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Is fracking contributing to California's drought? Industry experts say it isn't.

Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries To Get Ahead of State Bans

April 16, 2015 12:48 pm | by Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. 

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Officials Find Dozens of Chemicals in Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 12:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Environmental officials in Oregon detected traces of 128 chemicals across all state watersheds, according to a recent report.

EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 12:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator expressed concerns Tuesday about provisions of a chemical regulations overhaul pending in Congress.

Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California sing a long-expired permit. 

KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 16, 2015 9:33 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of their fruit and nut bars as “healthy”— because they do not meet federal standards.

U.S. Probes Complaints About Subaru Air Bag Seat Sensors

April 15, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the air bag sensors in the seats of Subaru Impreza compact cars.

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Feds OK Test Flights for Amazon Drones

April 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amazon.com will be able to test its new drone delivery service in U.S. airspace after all. 

Safety Chief Wants To Cap Big Rig Speeds to Fix Tire Problem

April 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Meghan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. It may also contact states about speed limits that are higher than commercial truck tires are designed to handle. 

Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances. 

EPA Announces Moratorium on Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Declines

April 9, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week indicated it would likely suspend approving new permits for pesticides that contain neonicotinoids, which critics say contribute to declining populations of honeybees and other pollinators.

Is the Pace of FAA Drone Regulation Approval Too Slow?

April 8, 2015 3:05 pm | by Bloomberg Business | News | Comments

32 Advisors Founder and CEO Robert Wolf discusses the future of commercial and industrial drones. 

California Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 8, 2015 2:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In response to a historic drought affecting nearly all of California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the state's first-ever limits on water use. 

U.S. Agency Denies Request to Probe Fiat Chrysler Minivans

April 8, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have denied a New Jersey man's request to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans because they can stall after refueling.

Choosing the Right Chemical Label

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Graphic Products | News | Comments

Since OSHA announced its HazCom 2012 standards for GHS compliance, there have been a lot of questions on proper labeling of chemicals. This simple flowchart will help you decide how to label chemicals in your facility for safety and compliance. 

Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A coalition of consumer safety groups asked federal officials to ban the use of flame retardant chemicals in consumer products. 

North Dakota to Join Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 6, 2015 2:13 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands.

Ethanol Groups 'April Fools' Letter Touts Renewable Fuel Standard

April 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ethanol advocates marked April Fools' Day by facetiously urging Congress to overhaul the nation's Renewable Fuel standard.

Gun Suppressor Industry Experiences Surprising Growth

April 1, 2015 2:56 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Recently, manufacturers of firearm suppressors are seeing increased demand for their products. 

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