Stephen Barlas

Contributing Writer
Stephen Barlas is a freelance writer that has more than 30 years of experience covering Congress, the White House, and the many regulatory agencies found in Washington, D.C. He has covered issues affecting the metal fabricating industry for The FABRICATOR for more than a decade.

Machining association chips away at ozone proposal

April 2, 2015

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The Precision Machined Products Association believes metal manufacturing operations will struggle to meet proposed EPA ozone standards.

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EPA targets aerospace segment

March 11, 2015

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in February to tighten up air emission standards for aerospace manufacturing and fabrication facilities. The agency said it initially surveyed 1,300 facilities nationwide that potentially could emit hazardous air pollutants (HAPs); all of these...

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Tax break for manufacturers up in the air

March 10, 2015

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Prospects for Senate passage of a bill establishing a permanent expensing allowance for capital equipment are dicey. The House passed the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (H.R. 636) in February with all but one Republican voting for it and 33 Democrats adding their support. Now...

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Watch where those spent solvents go

February 5, 2015

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The Environmental Protection Agency has finally enacted its rulemaking that affects metal manufacturers that have to recycle or dispose of spent solvents.

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Congress approves manufacturing program--with an asterisk

January 9, 2015

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Congress fulfilled President Barack Obama's wish to set up a network of manufacturing innovation centers across the U.S., but there is a catch: The effort won't have its own budget. The endeavor will have to be funded through existing budgets in the Department of Energy and the Pentagon.

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Manufacturing communities program ready for second round

December 12, 2014

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The U.S. Department of Commerce wants to reach out to more communities in an effort to boost the manufacturing economy.

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EPA pushes for new ozone regulation

December 12, 2014

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The Environmental Protection agency wants to reduce ozone-causing emissions levels even though the current regulations haven't been fully put into effect.

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New manufacturing initiative short on details, long on revamps

November 7, 2014

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The Obama administration offers up a new package of already announced manufacturing-related endeavors

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Getting the cash flowing

April 12, 2002

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Despite generous write-off allowances, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 isn't inciting the type of industrial buying spree politicians had hoped for.

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