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Canon Virginia Named as the First Manufacturer to Earn Responsible Recycling (R2) Certification

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Canon Virginia Named as the First Manufacturer to Earn Responsible Recycling (R2) Certification

MELVILLE, N.Y–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canon Virginia, Inc. (CVI), is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to achieve Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2) certification. This certification is a result of an independent audit of CVI’s facilities in Newport News, Va., confirming that it’s facilities meet the R2 Standard, a comprehensive set of best management practices governing the environmental, health, safety and security aspects of the electronics recycling industry.

Electronic manufacturing companies typically employ third-party recyclers, however, the majority of the recycling at the CVI facility is done on site. This practice helps to reduce the environmental footprint of the product and is another example of Canon’s dedication to maximizing efficiency and environmental practices. While other recycling companies have been recipients of the R2 Certification, CVI is the first OEM to receive this distinction.

Achieving R2 certification is a major accomplishment and supports our commitment to the environment,” said Toru Nishizawa, president and chief executive officer, Canon Virginia. “We work very hard to ensure the recycling side of our business complements Canon’s research and development efforts to help minimize the environmental impact of our products. As an OEM, Canon is combining manufacturing and recycling under one roof to strengthen our profile and offer a unique business value to our customers and society.”

R2 is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-recognized accreditation standard that helps to ensure electronics recyclers remain accountable for their processes while also helping to protect supply chain employees, and others, who are exposed to e-waste. The R2 audit involves a seven-step process that evaluates over 50 areas of operational performance. The certification ensures the highest levels of compliance in environmental practices, procedures and data security and implements strict recycling and material disposal regulations.

This certification, covering the Canon facilities in Virginia responsible for the testing, refurbishment and repair of returned copiers, printers and cameras, is one example of Canon’s dedication to maximizing sound environmental practices while continually looking for ways to reduce consumption throughout all aspects of the business. Recently, Canon U.S.A., Inc. became one of the first electronic equipment manufacturers with qualifying products in the new imaging equipment category of EPEAT®, a global registry for greener electronics. CVI’s R2 Certification helps support Canon’s efforts to promote various environmental initiatives more effectively throughout the product life-cycle, supported by Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s Environmental Management System and ISO 14001 certificate. Canon U.S.A., Inc., and more than 700 additional Canon …read more

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Virginia teens tried to poison teacher with hand sanitizer, police say

Two Virginia students accused of putting hand sanitizer in their teacher’s drinks over the course of two or three months are facing felony charges.

Newport News police spokesman Lou Thurston told WAVY-TV the two13-year-old Hines Middle School students have been arrested and each charged with attempted poisoning.

The investigation began in late January when a school resource officer received a tip. The teacher was alerted and she called police.

The intended target of the alleged poison attempt is a 66-year-old Hampton woman who reportedly had stomach discomfort but was never hospitalized.

Newport News Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Price told WAVY-TV the two male students admitted to the poisoning attempt and have been transferred to an alternative school.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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President Obama Calls for a Responsible Approach to Deficit Reduction

By <a href="/author-detail/475">Colleen Curtis</a>

Unless Congress takes action, over the next few weeks our economy will be hit with harmful automatic cuts that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs. These cuts will slash vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and health care for our troops and military families.

President Obama strongly believes we need to replace these arbitrary cuts with balanced deficit reduction, and today he was at a shipyard in Newport News, VA to talk about what these cuts — which are known as the sequester — will mean for middle class families.

While the full damage of these cuts will spread to nearly every corner of our economy over the next few months, some workers will receive layoff or furlough notices within days. Many of the 5,000 companies and small businesses from across the country that supply Newport News Shipbuilding with parts and equipment will be impacted, which will affect the firm's productivity. And down the road at the Norfolk Naval Station, the threat of these cuts has already forced the Navy to cancel the deployment and delay the repair of certain aircraft carriers, and postpone building on additional vessels. If the cuts are implemented, about 90,000 Virginians who work for the Department of Defense will be forced to take unpaid leave from their jobs, creating a ripple effect on thousands of other jobs, businesses, and services throughout the Commonwealth – and not just in the defense industry.

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Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney aboard Air Force One en route Newport News, VA, 2/26/2013

By The White House

Aboard Air Force One
En Route Newport News, Virginia

11:39 A.M. EST

MR. CARNEY: Hello. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for being aboard Air Force One with us today as we make our way to Newport News, Virginia. As you know, the President will be visiting Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, where he will discuss the impacts on the defense industry and the Virginia economy if congressional Republicans fail to compromise to avert the sequester.

As I think you know, in the information that we provided you it makes clear that HII, in this case, the company that runs Newport News Shipbuilding, engages with suppliers, small businesses across the country that would be adversely affected by sequester. The President feels very strongly that for the sake of the people of Virginia and people who would be affected across the country, Republicans in Congress need to do what the American public overwhelmingly wants them to do, which is agree to a balanced approach to further reducing deficit. And you’ll hear about that subject from the President in his remarks today.


Q Military officials in Afghanistan are correcting an incorrect report that the Taliban attacks dropped last year. Does that undercut the President’s message that there are improvements happening in Afghanistan?

MR. CARNEY: The President has made clear repeatedly that as we draw down our forces and train up Afghan forces, we will turn over security lead to the Afghans progressively as we move towards the transition points that he has discussed and that NATO has committed to.

It has always been the case, and will remain the case, that this is hard work and it is not work that comes without occasional setbacks. I haven’t seen the report that you’ve mentioned, but ultimately, thanks to the sacrifice of American men and women in uniform, as well as our diplomats, Afghanistan is increasingly capable of taking care of its own security and ultimately will be responsible for its own security. The President is committed to winding down that war and will keep to the timetable that he’s announced with his NATO allies.

Q Jay, is the President resigned to the sequestration cuts going into effect on Friday?

MR. CARNEY: I think you heard him say the other day that he remains hopeful, even though he understands that the clock is ticking and thus far, Republican leaders have refused to budge on the basic principle that we need to address this, our deficit challenges, in a balanced way.

We have on board, as you know, Congressman Rigell, who has said that he would like to see the sequester averted and that closing loopholes is a fair way to, in part, go about doing that. I think you saw Senator Lindsey Graham yesterday, late yesterday, on CNN talk about how he believes the damage of the sequester would be severe, especially to our defense …read more
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/21/2013

By The White House

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:30 P.M. EST

MR. CARNEY: In the chart behind me you can find in a link from the blog post that we just put up on whitehouse.gov and that I tweeted, written by Communications Director Jen Palmieri. That blog post is a refresher about the President’s plan to eliminate the sequester and reduce our deficit beyond even the deficit reduction called for by the sequester.

To those of you who have covered this it will be familiar, because that plan has been on the table and an offer for quite some time. And we know and you know that leaders in Congress are aware of this because they were on the receiving end of the offer and that offer remains on the table.

If you note, in this particular chart, a couple of interesting facts. The first is that from 2009, when the deficit was the largest as a result of the Great Recession, we have seen a decrease in the size of the deficit that represents the largest reduction since the end of World War II. What you see beyond that in the projections, which are administration calculations based on the CBO baseline, is what would happen to the deficit as a share of GDP if the President’s plan — the offer to Speaker Boehner — were implemented.

And as you can see, we would be, beginning in 2015, we would reduce further — in 2013, 2014, and beginning in 2015, through the decade, we would see the deficit as a share of GDP coming in under 3 percent, which is a sort of magic number for economists in terms of stabilization of our debt-to-GDP ratio, which is very important — deficit-to-GDP ratio.

So I encourage you, for those of who need a refresher, to take a look at the documents online — at the charts as well as Jen’s blog post. That's point number one.

Point number two, many of you have asked — because I know you're intensely interested in process — when the President is going to or has most recently spoken to Republican leaders on the Hill. I can tell you that he placed calls earlier today to Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner; had good conversations. But I have no further readout of those calls for you.

Number three, the President, as I think you know by now, will be visiting Newport News, Virginia next week to highlight the fact that there will be real-world impacts to the implementation of the sequester if that takes place, if Republicans choose to allow that to happen. There will be jobs on the line if the sequester takes place. And the President will, as he continues to do, call on Republicans in Congress to agree to avoid the sequester because it’s a wholly unnecessary self-inflicted wound on the economy if it were to take place.

And with that, I go to the Associated Press.

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