Michigan Bills Would Change DEQ’s Rulemaking Power

Michigan Bills Would Change DEQ’s Rulemaking Power

By Alice Yin

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation to weaken the state Department of Environmental Quality has ensnared Lansing in a spat over the agency’s usefulness, with one side insisting it tramples over ordinary citizens and the other saying it’s too lax.

The first of the trio of bills would generate a private-interest panel with veto power over the rulemaking process of the DEQ, the government entity responsible for issuing permits and other regulations to guard the environment. The other two would establish a permit appeal

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Product Recalls: Smoke Alarms, HVAC Units

Product Recalls: Smoke Alarms,  HVAC Units

By The Associated Press

More than 400,000 smoke alarms are being recalled because of a potential defect that can block a sensor, posing a risk to consumers. Other recalled consumer products include light commercial HVAC units.

Here’s a more detailed look:

Smoke Alarms

Details: Models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm. They were sold at

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Public Health Chief of Staff’s Top Aide Campaigned During Legionnaires’ Crisis

Public Health Chief of Staff’s Top Aide Campaigned During Legionnaires’ Crisis

By John O’Connor

Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav Shah accompanied by Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries answers questions from the House and Senate’s Committees on Veterans Affairs, March 5, 2018 in Chicago. Shah’s chief of staff, Erik Rayman, has come under fire for taking a leave of absence to campaign amid the scandal. (Erin Brown/Sun Times via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — While the Department of Public Health faced the baffling

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Agency Denies Pipeline’s Request for More Time to Cut Trees

Agency Denies Pipeline’s Request for More Time to Cut Trees

By Sarah Rankin

An Atlantic Coast Pipeline worker fastens a rope to a tree to aid in removal in Wintergreen, Va. Federal regulators have denied a request from developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline for more time to cut down trees along the project’s route. (Jay Westcott/The News & Advance via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal commission denied a request Wednesday, March 28, from developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue cutting down trees

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FLIR Announces DM62 Digital Multimeter with Non-Contact Voltage

FLIR Announces DM62 Digital  Multimeter with Non-Contact Voltage

The FLIR DM62 Multimeter with Non-Contact Voltage is ideal for DIY or professionals who install and maintain electrical and electronic systems.

WILSONVILLE, Ore.– FLIR has announced the DM62 true root mean square (TRMS) digital multimeter with non-contact voltage, an all-in-one tool ideal for do-it-yourself and residential and commercial electricians, as well as technicians who work on electronic systems. Its rich and robust feature set, high-quality measurements, and low price makes it an exceptional value. This meter is easy to

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Fujitsu’s New Hi-Rise 360 Kit for V-II Series VRF Systems

Fujitsu’s New Hi-Rise 360 Kit for V-II Series VRF Systems

Fujitsu’s new High-Rise 360 kit expands the distance from roof-mounted VRF condensing units and the indoor units connected to them.

Fujitsu General America has introduced its new High-rise 360 kit that now adds 196 (vertical) feet to the distance between roof-mounted VRF condensing units, and indoor units connected below them.

Previously, the maximum vertical distance between roof-mounted Fujitsu V-II Series VRF Systems was 164 feet. Now, with the kit, the height difference between roof-mounted VRF condensers and indoor air

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Nortek Global HVAC introduces the Reznor® High Efficiency DOAS Value Line for Light Commercial Spaces

Nortek Global HVAC introduces the Reznor® High Efficiency DOAS Value Line for Light Commercial Spaces

The new ZQYRA Series simplifies outdoor air specification for smaller spaces.

ST. LOUIS — Nortek Global HVAC, LLC introduces the Reznor® ZQYRA Series, a low-cost, high-efficiency dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) for adding outdoor air requirements in educational, healthcare, office, retail and other light commercial spaces.

The patented ZQYRA–8 (500 to 1,100-CFM) and ZQYRA–12 (900 to 1,500-CFM) units combine superior control design with modulating heat pump and enthalpy wheel technology. They boast one of the HVAC industry’s smallest DOAS

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New Controller Platform Raises Bar on Connectivity, Ease of Use

New Controller Platform Raises Bar on Connectivity, Ease of Use

Power Zone delivers high functionality and unprecedented connectivity with smartphone-esque interface

WAUKESHA, Wis. — According to the Pew Research Center, a whopping 77 percent of Americans own smartphones. That’s why when Generac Industrial Power developed its own control platform — the new Power Zone® — specifically for its industrial generator sets, it chose to make the interface emulate a smartphone, for familiarity and ease of use.

“We wanted to utilize icons as much as possible, so that interacting with

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Facebook Revamps Privacy Tools as Tighter EU Rules Draws Near

Facebook Revamps Privacy Tools as Tighter EU Rules Draws Near

By Barbara Ortutay

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Zuckerberg repeatedly assured lawmakers Tuesday and Wednesday that he didn’t believe the company violated its 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to overhaul its privacy practices. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NEW YORK (AP) _ Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations

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New Cars are Quickly Getting Self-Driving Safety Features

New Cars are Quickly Getting  Self-Driving Safety Features

By Tom Krisher

DETROIT (AP) — Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of self-driving vehicles.

Car and tech companies are rolling out laser sensors, artificial intelligence, larger viewing screens that show more of the road, cameras that can read speed limit signs, and systems that slow cars ahead of curves and construction zones.

Many of the new features repurpose cameras and radar that already are in cars for

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In Brief

In Brief

Group Assessing Impact of Illinois Safe Roads Amendment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois advocacy group is looking to determine the impact of the state transportation lockbox amendment more than a year after voters approved the measure.

The State Journal-Register reports that nearly 80 percent of voters in 2016 approved the Safe Roads Amendment, which committed gasoline tax money and related fees to road and bridge construction projects.

Mike Sturino is president and CEO of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association. He says the group

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In Brief

In Brief

APS teams with First Solar on Plant With Battery Storage
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s largest electric utility is teaming with one of the nation’s leading solar panel makers to develop a solar power field matched with battery storage.

Arizona Public Service Co. and Tempe-Based First Solar announced last month that they will build the solar panel array and battery bank near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Phoenix.

Matching battery storage with a utility-scale solar array means the plant will be able to provide …

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In Brief

In Brief

Legionella Bacteria Found in Illinois State Capitol Complex

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register says the Illinois Secretary of State’s office sent a memo Feb. 7 saying there were four positive readings for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease out of more than 300 water tests done throughout the 14-building complex.

Legionnaires’ is a severe form of pneumonia caused by water-borne bacteria. State officials say they’re

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