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ASTM proposes plastic piping traceability standard.

February 9, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK23107, Specification for Tracking and Traceability Requirements for Gas Distribution Systems, will help gas utility companies identify underground assets such as different types of pipe, fittings, and components. Standard will provide guideline for use of 14-digit identifier that can be placed on product via printing, bar code, or RFID as means to identify location of respective assets and provide knowledge of their pedigree. Read More

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BIO supports government commitment to develop biofuels.

February 9, 2010

Government biofuels initiative will help companies secure investment for biofuel production facilities and rapidly implement final Renewable Fuel Standard rules to boost biofuel market. Recent BIO report showed that biofuels industry advancement could produce hundreds of thousands of jobs and contribute to over $140 billion in economic growth by 2030. Biofuel production will help mitigate reliance on imported petroleum and reduce carbon emissions associated with climate change. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers use of preblended dry mortar.

February 9, 2010

ASTM C1714/C1714M, Specification for Preblended Dry Mortar Mix for Unit Masonry, is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee C12.03 on Specifications for Mortars. Standard's components address traceability of mortar mix ingredients, ingredient blending consistency, testing frequency, allowance of additives based on performance, and dryness of ingredients. It also provides guidance on use of admixtures specific to preblended dry mortar and not included in ASTM C270 or ASTM C1384. Read More

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BSA 2010 Annual Convention to focus on recovery.

February 9, 2010

Scheduled for May 1-4, BSA 2010 Annual Convention has adopted theme "A Look Back to Step Ahead" to recognize and build on BSA's 44 years of industry leadership as it looks ahead to new opportunities in recovering economy. Event will include panel of industry veterans that will share their expertise based on past challenges and their answers to questions developed by BSA leaders. Audience will be encouraged to respond to these questions via individual electronic devices which allow anonymity. Read More

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AASHTO urges Senate to act on highway, transit extension.

February 9, 2010

As Senate negotiates on passage of jobs bill, AASHTO Executive Director, John Horsley joined with 4 other organizations to urge lawmakers to move forward on immediate and long-term extension of highway and transit authorization, as well as additional recovery funding to maintain momentum achieved in job creation through recovery act. Letter says extension will maximize job creation by allowing certainty for state DOTs, contractors, and their workers to plan for full season of work. Read More

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Forum and Committee Leadership for 2010 announced by ANSI.

February 9, 2010

Leadership for ANSI member forums, policy committees, and program oversight committees have been announced for 2010. Policy-setting committees and councils provide strategic direction for defined program areas, while each ANSI Program Oversight or Standing Committee is responsible for operational aspects of particular ANSI program/service and reports to one of Institute Policy Committees. Supplementing committees, ANSI Member Forums represent voice of respective membership segments. Read More

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FAA seeks public comment on pilot certification.

February 9, 2010

As part of FAA's Call to Action to enhance airline safety following last year's Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, NY, FAA asked for recommendations to improve pilot qualification and training requirements. FAA is pursuing both rule changes and voluntary safety enhancements. One proposed rule, which will enhance airline pilot training programs, received more than 3,000 pages of public comments. Public will have 60 days to comment on basic pilot certification in 4 key areas. Read More

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Keynote at IPC APEX EXPO preps industry for recovery.

February 9, 2010

Walt Custer, industry analyst and president of Custer Consulting Group, will join IPC Director of Market Research, Sharon Starr for "Global Business Outlook: Where Do We Go Next?" keynote session at IPX APEX EXPO. Custer will share insights into global indicators he tracks to help companies understand timing sensitivities for phasing in recovery plans. Starr will present IPC market research findings and explain how companies can use data to assess their performance and identify promising markets. Read More

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NAM welcomes Administration's goal of doubling exports.

February 9, 2010

According to NAM VP of International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, NAM appreciates $80 million budget increase for export promotion, but achieving goal of doubling America's exports in 5 years is going to require more than export promotion. The most urgent action Administration can take is to send Congress 3 pending bilateral trade agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. Administration must also turn to completing negotiations for Trans Pacific trade agreement. Read More

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RIA Convention tackles critical education topics.

February 9, 2010

Scheduled for March 23-27, RIA's 65th Annual Convention and Exhibition will focus on Health and Safety issues and will include 4 pre-convention sessions. "Survival Spanish for Restoration Professionals" will help non-Spanish speaking employees supervise and train Hispanic employees. Insurance adjuster Peter Crosa will present second installment of "Creating Working Relationships with Adjusters that Last," and Wonder Makers Environmental Inc. will lead 8-hr course for restoration contractors. Read More

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AEM President urges legislation to boost construction jobs.

February 9, 2010

While national unemployment is just below 10%, unemployment in construction equipment industry is more than double national average, says AEM President Dennis Slater. Congressional legislation for multiyear, fully-funded transportation infrastructure program would boost employment in industry, Slater added. Slater also points to Start Us Up USA! Campaign, by AEM and AED, which says that U.S. equipment industry has had loss of 37% of workforce and 40% of economic output since 2006. Read More

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ASHRAE receives NIST grant to study IAQ in retail stores.

February 9, 2010

ASHRAE has been awarded $1.5 million to conduct 3-year research project on ventilation and indoor air quality in retail stores. Through study, ASHRAE is seeking to improve energy efficiency of ventilation systems while maintaining air quality by determining relationship between ventilation rates and IAQ, using measured ventilation and pollutant concentration data. Measurements will be conducted in general merchandise, department, supermarket, restaurant, and home improvement/hardware stores. Read More

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A&WMA Conference to address thermal treatment technologies.

February 9, 2010

Scheduled for May 17-20, International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors will feature technical papers that address thermal treatment of radioactive, hazardous chemical, munitions, medical/pharmaceutical, municipal, and industrial wastes. Event will offer opportunities for discussions with equipment providers and technical service firms, as well as technical tours of area waste management and recycling facilities, and professional development courses. Read More

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ASHRAE publishes book on dampers/airflow control.

February 8, 2010

Dampers and Airflow Control provides resources of engineering principles needed to size, select, install, and adjust control dampers. Addressing how to apply dampers within systems to achieve clearly defined goals, ASHRAE book is intended for mechanical designers; mechanical and control contractors; and testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB) contractors. Read More

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Air Transport Association comments on 2011 budget proposal.

February 5, 2010

According to ATA, the most significant part of the White House 2011 budget proposal is that it did not contain any increases in taxes and fees for airlines and passengers for upcoming year. However, budget reiterated 2010 proposal to increase aviation passenger security fee by 1 dollar per year for 3 years starting in 2012. ATA is pleased that Administration's proposed $4 billion for National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance Fund includes eligibility for aviation. Read More

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NAM makes statement on President's budget proposal.

February 5, 2010

According to NAM's Executive VP, Jay Timmons, manufacturers and their workers are disappointed that Obama Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2011 discourages job creation by adding new costs to business. President's budget calls for almost $500 billion in new taxes on businesses over next 10 years. Manufacturers support President's proposal for extending key international and investment tax provisions that expired last year and his recommendation to make R&D credit permanent. Read More

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PCB Industry Results have been announced for December 2009.

February 5, 2010

December findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program indicated rigid PCB shipments down 3.4% but bookings up 27.3 from last year, while, respectively, down 23.2% and 18.1% year to date. Book-to-bill ratio for North American rigid PCB industry in December 2009 registered 1.05. Flexible circuit shipments and bookings, respectively, decreased 0.4% and 27.4% from last year as well as 1.1% and 4.9% year to date. North American flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio receded to 0.95. Read More

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ASTM proposes new road and paving materials standard.

February 5, 2010

Proposed ASTM International standard, WK26816, Test Method for Overlay Test, will address cracking that happens during bituminous mixture design phase. It is being developed by Subcommittee D04.20 on Mechanical Tests of Bituminous Mixtures. Standard will improve test method with unified sample preparation procedure and will also address other variables within test. Primary users will be state highway agencies, paving contractors, and developers of technology associated with paving materials. Read More

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AASHTO announces list of ready-to-go projects tops 9,800.

February 5, 2010

Valued at over $79 billion, ready-to-go projects will provide states with resources to put hundreds of thousands of people back to work. Infrastructure projects so far have created 250,000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs, according to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Since original December 2009 survey, House has approved Jobs for Main Street Act of 2010, which would provide $37 billion for transportation projects that could create or support 1.1 million jobs. Read More

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ELFA issues statement on FY 2011 budget submission.

February 4, 2010

In his statement, ELFA Interim President Ralph Petta commends Obama Administration for proposals related to business investment and tax incentives. Specifically, ELFA applauds proposal to enhance investment in new plant and equipment for all businesses by proposing extension of tax bonus depreciation through December 31, 2010. ELFA and its members support proposals and tax incentives for both large and small businesses designed to provide stimulus to the economy. Read More