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The Two Sides of New York State's Ban on Fracking

December 19, 2014 9:53 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Although hydraulic fracturing in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will now formally ban the practice. But did they make the right move?                  

EPA Expected to Treat Coal Waste like Garbage

December 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated...

New EPA Regulations Force Change in the Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 12:54 pm | by Nate Maguire | Articles | Comments

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water...

Washington Governor Proposes Carbon Pollution Cap

December 18, 2014 9:26 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's...

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New York To Ban Fracking; A Victory for Environmentalists

December 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.                

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 42

December 15, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

Poll Reveals Americans' Stance on Limiting Carbon

December 12, 2014 2:12 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution, although they weren't asked how. Nearly half of Republicans said the U.S. should lead the global fight to curb climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not.

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Chrysler Expands Air Bag Recall

December 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force.                           

Japan Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan.                   

Budget Deal Targets, but Misses Climate Regulations

December 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats successfully blocked measures to prohibit the government from regulating heat-trapping carbon dioxide from power plants for the first time and to throw out rules by the Environmental Protection Agency that expand the number of waterways that can be protected from pollution. Both efforts are likely to come back next year when Republicans are in charge.

Obama Works to Promote Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with corporate advisers and pushing for a simpler tax code for businesses and expanded trade, two policy proposals that are certain to put him at odds with some fellow Democrats as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 2:01 pm | by Mary Claire Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Setting the stage for debate after Republicans take control, a House subcommittee on Wednesday was to review legislation that would make such food labels voluntary.

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Hyundai Recalls 43K Cars for Brake Lights

December 10, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling nearly 43,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the brake lights can fail to illuminate.                                         

Nissan Agrees to Settle Faulty Brakes Lawsuit

December 10, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan has agreed to pay some customers up to $800 each to settle claims that certain vehicles had faulty brakes.                                       

Nissan Recalls 470K Vehicles

December 9, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks.                                           

New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

December 9, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to states.

Honda Expands Air Bag Recall While Takata Remains Quiet

December 8, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Late Friday, Honda confirmed it would replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S., despite airbag supplier Takata's refusal to take its recall nationwide.     

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Tesla Asks Texas for Looser Regulations, Hints at Future Factories

December 8, 2014 2:22 pm | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The electric carmaker can't legally sell cars in Texas, and hints that future factory investments could be hampered by the state's ban on its direct-sales model.               

Supreme Court Rejects BP's Appeal of Oil Spill Settlement

December 8, 2014 1:57 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC wanted the court to consider whether people and businesses seeking payments under the settlement included some who haven't actually suffered any injury related to the spill.            

2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 5, 2014 4:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

Japan: Recall System Overhaul Needed for Global Auto Woes

December 5, 2014 1:54 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode.             

Bird's Fate Shaping Energy Development in the U.S. West

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by Mead Gruver & Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse, according to government data.   

Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March.                 

Germany Boosts Funding to Cut Greenhouse Gases

December 4, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany announced a cash boost for measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in a bid to meet its ambitious climate target for 2020.                                 

Air Bag Maker Balks at Coast-to-Coast Recall

December 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.     

Takata: Evidence Does Not Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.             

Wipe Away the Losses

December 2, 2014 5:31 pm | by Sean Gaffney, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Compact & Standard Category Product Line | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics of discussion in modern industry and society recently. And the European Union has joined in the discussion by taking an active role in creating unified requirements and standards looking to improve the energy efficiency of motor driven systems in industrial and everyday applications.

Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 2, 2014 10:19 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

While counting calories may have been a time-consuming duty in the past, consumers may find the task a little easier after last week’s ruling.                               

GM Recalling Vehicles to Fix Headlights

December 2, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles in North America because their headlights can stop working.                                         

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