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Clean Power Plan Warrants Strategic Outreach

Clean Power Plan Warrants Strategic Outreach

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA As part of the 2017 suite of strategic initiatives recently approved by its Board of Governors, NEMA will work with states to increase the use of NEMA member products as a means for states to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Since the EPA announced the rule more than two years ago, NEMA and its members have been Read more [...]
CoStar Group to Publicize Building Energy Use

CoStar Group to Publicize Building Energy Use

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA A new Better Buildings Initiative partnership between the CoStar Group, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accelerate investments in energy-efficient products and building operations that support construction and manufacturing jobs. The CoStar Group will now publicize building Read more [...]
Toxic Substances Control Act Awaits Presidential Action

Toxic Substances Control Act Awaits Presidential Action

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 to give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and disposal of chemicals in the United States. Since that time, the only major amendments to the act have been the additions of three titles dealing with asbestos, radon, and lead. TSCA’s Read more [...]
Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Recently, NEMA published SSL 4-2012, SSL Retrofit Lamps: Suggested Minimum Performance Requirements.  The purpose of this standard is to provide suggested minimum performance levels for SSL retrofit products. Federal programs such as Energy Star set high performance goals to encourage growth of such products, but do not provide minimum acceptance criteria for products as a whole.  Since its publication, NEMA has been approached by several organizations wishing to adopt, in part or in total, Read more [...]
Clean Air Act: 40 Years and Counting…

Clean Air Act: 40 Years and Counting…

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the preeminent federal law enacted by Congress in 1970 to combat air pollution.  The CAA defines the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation’s air quality. According to EPA, since 1970 the six commonly found air pollutants have decreased by more than 50 percent, while air toxics from large industrial sources have been reduced by nearly 70 percent. EPA’s Read more [...]
Earth Day Turns 40 Today

Earth Day Turns 40 Today

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. EPA is also turning 40 this year. Around the same time that these entities came into being, landmark legislation was enacted in response to environmental concerns. The Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act are the two most obvious examples. As usual, community activities are taking place across the country to commemorate and engage in environmental stewardship. To get involved in an event near you, check out EPA’s Earth Day Events website here. Read more [...]