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Clean Air Act Standards updated for flares, process heaters.

June 18, 2012

U.S. EPA standards informed by input from stakeholders, including industry, address new flares and process heaters at petroleum refineries. Maintaining public health benefits while reducing costs, final rule provides industry with compliance flexibility and ensures companies can make routine operational changes without triggering new requirements. Updates will reduce emissions of SO2, NOx, and VOCs. As co-benefit, standards will reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 2 million tons/year. Read More

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Proposed Standard to address buried pipe coating repair.

June 15, 2012

ASTM WK36282, Guide for Selection of Coating for Repair and Rehabilitation of Buried Pipe Coatings for Nuclear Power Plants, is being developed by Subcommittee D33.02 on Service and Material Parameters. Standard will address function of buried pipe coatings, plant systems that may include buried pipe, generic types of field-applied buried pipe repair and refurbishment coatings, and in-situ factors that affect selection of field-applied buried pipe repair and replacement coatings. Read More

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Baby Monitor Standard approved by ASTM committee.

June 15, 2012

ASTM F2951, Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Monitors, was developed by Subcommittee F15.68 on Baby Monitors in response U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report concerning 7 deaths that have resulted from infants strangling in monitor cords when they had been placed too close to crib. According to F15.68 chairman Anthony Paolo, "All cords must now be labeled with a conspicuous strangulation hazard warning label" and stipulates cords should be mounted 3+ ft away from crib. Read More

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AFS Dixie Chapter Meeting explores filtration technologies.

June 15, 2012

Taking place September 27-28, 2012 in Asheville, NC, Dixie Chapter meeting will feature presentations and insights into "Successful Filtration Technologies." Attendees will gain global view of leading processes, filters/coalescers, and materials; insight into technologies that are working successfully; as well as new/emerging technologies in filtration, separations, and coalescing ideas. AFS members and non-members are welcome. Read More

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Michael Rosenblatt to deliver BIO convention keynote in China.

June 15, 2012

Michael Rosenblatt, M.D., executive VP and chief medical officer for Merck, will deliver keynote address at BIO Convention in China, which will take place October 24-25, 2012 in Shanghai. According to BIO executive VP of Emerging Companies and Business Development Alan Eisenberg, Rosenblatt's academic, industrial, and global public health experience qualifies him to talk about opportunities and challenges associated with biopharma research and development in China and the West. Read More

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NIST Website addresses alternatives to mercury thermometers.

June 15, 2012

As part of larger effort to reduce amount of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in the environment, NIST has launched a website to help industry scientists and engineers decide on best temperature measurement alternative for their purposes. Website also includes information about myths pertaining to mercury and temperature measurement and how to safely package and recycle mercury-containing products. Read More

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RAPID 2012 draws crowd for 3D imaging, additive manufacturing.

June 15, 2012

SME RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, held May 22-25 in Atlanta, GA, attracted students and professionals from 24 countries interested in 3D imaging and additive manufacturing technologies. Event provided real-world examples of how additive manufacturing is revolutionizing way new products are designed, prototyped, and produced, offering advantages for manufacturers in terms of creativity, manufacturability, cost-savings, and time-to-market. Also, various award winners were announced. Read More

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Obama Administration aims to close racial/ethnic gap on asthma.

June 15, 2012

U.S. federal agencies unveiled Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. Plan will work to identify children, families, and communities most impacted by asthma disparities and ensure that they receive evidence-based comprehensive care, including access to medical services, education, and environmental interventions. Action plan will also aim to increase understanding of causes of asthma and test interventions that may prevent onset. Read More