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Global Business Calls for Substantial Progress on a WTO Environmental Goods Agreement by Nairobi Ministerial Conference

This week in Geneva, global industry released a letter urging negotiators to make substantial progress towards an ambitious Environmental Goods Agreement outcome by the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Nairobi.

December 1, 2015

An open letter to WTO negotiators:

On behalf of associations representing business from around the world, we urge governments to
conclude an ambitious Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) that will eliminate tariffs on a
broad range of environmental goods and technologies under the umbrella of the World Trade
Organization (WTO).

Industries across the globe [...]

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WTO Negotiates a Tariff-free Trade Agreement to Protect the Environment and Sealing Device Industry

Representatives of the Fluid Sealing Association and the European Sealing Association are leading efforts to create a new market access platform for sealing device technology with the World Trade Organization’s “Environmental Goods” Trade Agreement.

Seventeen trade negotiating teams from the World Trade Organization (WTO) are crafting a deal that will make selling “environmental goods” tariff-free for each participating country. The negotiations, which have been taking place in Geneva, Switzerland for the past year are looking to support or oppose as many [...]

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2015 Chem Show Celebrates 100 Years of Success

The FSA is an Endorsing Association of the 2015 Chem Show (November 17-19, 2015).  

In 1915, International Exposition Company’s inaugural Chem Show in New York City aimed to stimulate pharmaceutical, dye and organic chemical manufacturing in the United States.

Over the last 100 years, the exposition’s focus has shifted toward showcasing the industry’s best practices and latest technological advances, while providing a valuable learning experience for all participants. Next month, show attendees will have another unique opportunity to visit hundreds [...]

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FSA Appoints New Members to Board of Directors

(October 15, 2015) – The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Bernthisel, General Sales Manager at EGC Enterprises, Inc., Chardon, OH, and Carl Jones, Packing Market Specialist at  W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Coraopolis, PA, to its Board of Directors.

“We are excited to be able to add Jeff and Carl as members to our board,” said Mike Shorts, FSA President. “Their extensive industry knowledge and great leadership capabilities will add to our existing [...]

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Charli K. Matthews Appointed as Public Relations Manager for the FSA

(October 13, 2015) – The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charli K. Matthews, Founder and President of Empowering Pumps, LLC, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to their newly created Public Relations Manager position.

This position was created to help craft the public voice of the FSA as it continues to take a position as the leading trade association that is recognized and accepted as a Subject matter expert and technical leader that advocates and influences environmental compliance [...]

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FSA Responds to ICF Report

(October 5, 2015) – A new report by leading energy industry consultancy ICF International (ICF) released today found that emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from the Canadian oil and gas sector can be reduced by 45% below projected 2020 levels, all while using existing, proven and cost-effective technologies. As the leading trade association that represents sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing this issue. Emissions of methane represent the waste of a [...]

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FSA Technical Director Testifies at Public Oil and Gas Hearings

(September 29, 2015) – FSA Technical Director, Henri Azibert, offered testimony today in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Public Oil and Gas Hearings on Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources.

“The Fluid Sealing Association is an organization comprised of sealing device technology manufacturers who make devices used  to contain fluids and to prevent harmful, toxic, or otherwise dangerous products escaping into the environment. FSA’s technologies are used in every aspect of oil and gas production and refining, and generally in all [...]

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The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Responds to EPA Announcement on Methane Emissions

August 18, 2015:  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced draft rules to reduce methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas industry. As the leading trade association that represents U.S. focused sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing this issue. Emissions of methane, the primary component of natural gas, represent the waste of a valuable national energy resource, with additional negative implications for the environment and local community air quality.
“The Fluid Sealing Association [...]

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FSA News and Happenings

The Fluid Sealing Association has been very active over the past 24 months. We realized that our previous focus, which was predominantly standards driven, would not gain us the industry recognition we needed to truly make the changes member companies were driving towards. So we decided to take a deep breath, step back, and plan a path forward that would elevate the standing of the Association, promote its industry technical and subject matter expert leadership, and ultimately enable our collective [...]

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FSA Delegation Meets with Executives at EPA Research Center

An FSA delegation recently met with executives at the EPA Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina to showcase the important role sealing device technology plays in preventing leaks and emissions, working with our customers in the oil and gas sector to protect the environment.

As the EPA is poised to issue a noticed of proposed rulemaking to address methane emissions later this summer, the FSA serves as a technical resource for the EPA in fulfilling our obligations to provide the best [...]

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Charli Matthews Receives the FSA Award of Merit

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that their FSA Award of Merit was recently bestowed upon Charli Matthews, Founder and President of Empowering Pumps, LLC, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Award of Merit was established to recognize distinguished or exceptional service to the FSA by an individual member.  The award is granted solely on merit and participation in all activities that support the FSA mission.

Charli has been a dedicated leader in the FSA Marketing Committee where she recently completed [...]

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FSA Takes Leadership Role as Technology Experts in the Environmental Compliance Arena

At their recent Spring Technical Meetings in Houston, Texas, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) unveiled to their membership an exciting new strategic direction change for the association. “The FSA has traditionally been known as a technical standards group,” says Mike Shorts, FSA President, “but there is a representation gap from industry leaders to effectively influence environmental compliance policies with respect to sealing devices.” The FSA has been internally retooling over the past couple of years and the new plan is [...]

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FSA’s Chris Swonger to Present Overview of Methane Mitigation Factor

FSA’s Chris Swonger will join industry leaders and labor and environmental experts to give an overview of the methane mitigation sector—an emerging U.S. industry focused on reducing emissions of methane from the oil and gas sector. Proven, cost-effective solutions already exist to minimize methane emissions—many of them made by American companies. A greater industry focus on curbing methane emissions will boost this U.S. manufacturing sector and drive the creation of good-paying manufacturing and construction jobs.

This discussion will also offer attendees [...]

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FSA Representative Appointed to Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee

The Fluid Sealing Association has been granted a position on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee. Chris Swonger, of Smiths Group, Chair of the FSA’s Government Affairs Working Group, has been appointed to serve as the FSA’s representative in this position.

The Committee will provide consensus advice on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand U.S. exports of environmental technologies, goods, services, and products that comply with U.S. environmental, safety, and related requirements.

Chris has been making significant contributions [...]

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Fluid Sealing Association Responds to EPA Announcement on Methane Emissions

A message from Mike Shorts, President of the FSA:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the outline of their plan to address methane emissions. As the leading trade association that represents North American sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing the challenges posed by climate change. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas and contributor to climate change.

Given the important role sealing devices play in preventing leaks and [...]

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