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Major Investors Put Money Into Marijuana

January 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

It appears that marijuana businesses may be coming into their own with today’s announcement of a large venture capital firm buying into the pot industry.                           

Honda Fined $70M for Not Reporting Death, Injury Complaints

January 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

California On Way to State's New Energy Goals

January 8, 2015 2:24 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said.   

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EPA Delays Final Rule on Emissions from New Power Plants

January 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The final ruling on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants, which was supposed to be due on January 8th has been delayed, leaving many frustrated.                         

FCC To Vote Next Month on Net Neutrality Rules

January 5, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.               

Noncompetition Agreements: Right or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 10:17 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 10:10 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The CO2 emission goals set for Mississippi by EPA are unreasonable, unachievable and unfair," said Michael Callahan, CEO of Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.                       

Proposed Fees Cause Major Concern Among Solar Industry

December 30, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is the fight of the century for us," said Kevin Goodreau, vice president for business development at Direct Power & Water Corp. in Albuquerque, which designs and manufactures racks and other components for solar systems.     

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CA Plastic Bag Ban May Face Referendum

December 30, 2014 1:54 pm | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"SB270 was never a bill about the environment," said Lee Califf, executive director of the bag alliance. "It was a back room deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees without providing any public benefit."

Chrysler Recalls 67K Pickup Trucks

December 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by Te Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 67,000 model year 2006 and 2007 pickups because of a problem that could prevent the cars from starting, or cause them to move when the ignition key is turned.                 

China Jails 4 for 2013 Fatal Fire at Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others.       

Key Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.         

Prosecutors Not to Indict Executives in Fukushima Disaster

December 26, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese prosecutors are expected not to indict three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. on charges of professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Auto Industry Acts Globally Except on Recalls

December 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships. But when an unsafe car needs to be recalled, that global coordination breaks down.

India Still Plagued by Abandoned Asbestos Mines

December 22, 2014 2:31 pm | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

In Roro Village and other settlements below, people who never worked in the mines are dying of lung disease. Yet in a country that treats asbestos as a savior that provides cheap building materials for the poor, no one knows the true number and few care to ask.

PA Manufacturer Fined by OSHA After Multiple Finger Amputations

December 22, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHA said the Scranton-based chimney supply company failed to safeguard machines and had flaws in a system designed to prevent machines from starting up inadvertently during maintenance.           

Lone Holdout BMW Finally Joins Takata Recall

December 22, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series vehicles made between January 2004 and August 2006. The company is calling its move a "voluntary improvement campaign" rather than a recall.            

Lockheed Martin to Pay $27.5M for Overbilling Gov't

December 22, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of Lockheed Martin is accused of billing the government qualified rates, yet using under-qualified employees for work done in New Jersey and Maryland.               

Chrysler Gives in to Gov't, Expands Air Bag Recall

December 22, 2014 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

After resisting for nearly a month, Chrysler has bowed to government demands and will expand a recall of driver's side air bag inflators across the nation.                

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 from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.               

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 industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance. 

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 largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.                       

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.                                   

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