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ANSI's Document Library Alert Feature informs members of changes.

December 16, 2009

ANSI is announcing a helpful alert feature within members' document library that allows users to set up alert requests on specific folders and pages within library. Once alert is in place, system will automatically send email to user whenever folder or page is modified. This feature will help ANSI members keep abreast of latest changes and additions to information that pertains to their work. Alerts can be tailored to fit user's preferences. Read More

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Content Category Finalists announced for CODiE Awards.

December 16, 2009

CODiE Awards finalists were announced for categories relating to content aggregation, distribution, management, and publishing. Forty-eight products from 30 companies were selected from among 100+ nominations by 65 companies. Gale and LexisNexis have the most products reaching final stage, with 5 each. Products that qualified will now be reviewed by members of SIIA, who will vote on winners for all 15 categories. Winners will be announced at CODiE Awards Dinner on January 26, 2010. Read More

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BIO Commends House for easing regulatory burdens in HR 4173.

December 15, 2009

BIO commended the House of Representatives for including provisions intended to ease small business regulatory burdens, part of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173). One provision would permanently exempt companies with market capitalizations of $75 million or less from Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Another would direct SEC to perform study evaluating costs and benefits of compliance with SOX Section 404(b) for companies that meet specific criteria. Read More

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Ventilation Standard incorporated into FGI guidelines.

December 15, 2009

ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, which defines ventilation system design requirements that provide environmental control for comfort and infection/odor control, has been incorporated into the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, which is copyrighted by Facility Guidelines Institute and published by ASHE. Inclusion will eliminate potential confusion posed by having 2 national ventilation standards for health care. Read More

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Repair Skills Decline points to future manufacturing deficit.

December 15, 2009

In response to polls of 1,000 U.S. adults and 500 teens who showed growing general disinterest or ineptitude regarding around-the-house maintenance projects, NBT president Gerald Shankel said it is "absolutely critical for this mindset to change." He went on to say that post-economic recovery America will have a "dire need" for those skilled in manufacturing or manual arts such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and welding. Read More

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AMT Praises Provisions in President Obama's job plan.

December 15, 2009

AMT is pleased with steps proposed by President Obama to create jobs and strengthen manufacturing. Now in hands of Congress, proposals and provisions offer steps that can help spur capital investments. Specifically, AMT President Douglas K. Woods singled out 2 provisions important to U.S. manufacturing technology providers: one-year extension of enhanced Section 179 expensing for small businesses, and one-year extension of 50% bonus depreciation incentive for new capital equipment purchases. Read More

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NACD Members continue to reduce emissions.

December 15, 2009

According to information in US EPA's 2008 Toxics Release Inventory Public Data Release Report, chemical distribution industry has lowest average release of toxic emissions per facility. It indicates average release of toxic emissions per facility at ~75% less than textiles industry and 90% less than plastics/rubber industry. NACD member companies, through participation in Responsible Distribution Process, had per facility disposal average of 18% less than non-NACD member companies. Read More

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ATA Co-Sponsors Conference on sleep apnea and truck drivers.

December 15, 2009

On May 12 of 2010, American Trucking Associations (ATA) will co-sponsor the first national conference on sleep apnea and commercial motor vehicle drivers. The conference, hosted by American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), will feature presentations and panel discussions that focus on providing common understanding of OSA diagnosis and treatment, clarifying current and proposed regulations, and providing trucking management with resources to improve employee health and safety. Read More

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Papers are Being Sought on creep-fatigue interactions.

December 14, 2009

An invitation for papers has been issued for the International Symposium on Creep-Fatigue Interactions: Test Methods and Models, which will be held November 17-19, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. Presentations on all aspects of research in creep-fatigue interactions should enable exchange of information and ideas. Specifically, papers are being sought on recent developments in test equipment, experimental techniques, models for representing data, and applications of data. Read More

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American and Canadian Collaboration to help North American wind energy industry.

December 14, 2009

To create clean sources of energy and provide jobs in North America, SME joined forces with American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association. Via separate agreements, associations will support development of wind energy supply chain in US and Canada, provide wind-energy market information to manufacturers, and provide manufacturing knowledge. Other goals include connecting manufacturing capabilities with needs as well as prepping work force with needed skills. Read More

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NAM supports Murphy Amendment on derivatives.

December 14, 2009

Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP of Tax and Economic Policy, stated that while NAM supports initiative to prevent excessive speculation and improve transparency in derivatives market, NAM believes it is important that policymakers preserve ability of responsible companies to access OTC derivatives. By making clear that end-users do not pose systemic risk, Murphy Amendment will exclude end-users from rules and requirements aimed primarily at those whose activities present risk to financial system. Read More

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AASHTO Testifies that ARRA is delivering jobs, boosting economy.

December 14, 2009

In testimony on behalf of AASHTO before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Gary Ridley, Oklahoma DOT Secretary, said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been an unequivocal success. He cited Federal Highway Administration reports that found almost 80%, or more than $21 billion, of ARRA funds set aside for transportation projects have gone through federal approval process and are proceeding to construction. Read More

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BSA Taps Association Leadership for 2010 convention panels.

December 14, 2009

BSA leaders, past and present, have committed to participating in panels to look at the past, present, and future of the industry at BSA's (Bearing Specialists Association) 2010 Annual Convention. Taking place May 1-4 in Naples, FL, convention will also offer industry updates from ABMA and BSA, presentation on counterfeit bearings, as well as traditional Conference Tables Session featuring pre-scheduled and planned conferences between distributors and manufacturers. Read More

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AWWA comments on EWG's tap water quality report.

December 14, 2009

Environmental Working Group is launching online, interactive database on tap water quality, which has been compiled from state environment and health agencies. According to Tom Curtis, deputy executive director of AWWA, Americans can celebrate that the quality of drinking water in U.S. is better than ever. However, more than 96% of health-based Safe Drinking Water Act violations occur at small utilities with fewer than 10,000 customers that struggle with expense of upgrading facilities. Read More

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ASTM Standard developed for Petrography of Dimension Stone.

December 14, 2009

According to ASTM member Laura Powers, ASTM C1721, Guide for Petrographic Examination of Dimension Stone, will help guide petrographers who analyze dimension stone in describing, analyzing, and reporting characteristics important to architects/engineers in determining how stone will behave or has behaved in service. Developed by ASTM International Committee C18 on Dimension Stone, ASTM C1721 is currently under jurisdiction of Subcommittee C18.01 on Test Methods. Read More

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ASTM is working on standard to specify color.

December 14, 2009

ASTM International Committee E12 on Color and Appearance is working with Scandinavian Colour Institute to develop standard based on Natural Color System® (NCS®). This proposed new standard, WK24817, Practice for Specifying Color by the Natural Color System, is currently under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E12.07 on Color Order Systems. Understanding the NCS system enables users to judge attributes of specific colors as well as communicate and check specifications and identify colors. Read More

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ATA expects decline in air travelers over winter holiday.

December 11, 2009

ATA announced that it expects 41 million passengers to travel over upcoming winter holidays on U.S. carriers, representing 2.5% year-over-year decline from 42 million passengers estimated to have flown during same period in 2008. Decline continues to be driven by fragile economy and depressed global demand for travel. Three busiest travel days during holiday period are expected to be Dec 27, 28, and 29, respectively, based on sample data from 2008 winter holiday period. Read More

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TIA Reveals Complete Schedule for 2010 OTR Conference.

December 11, 2009

TIA announced that the complete 2010 OTR Conference schedule has been posted on their website and reiterated that both the early conference registration deadline, January 13, and hotel registration deadline, January 18, are approaching. Taking place February 17-20 in Tucson, AZ, this 3-day event include sessions on topics including global look at OTR industry, daily safety tips, and succession planning. Other events include mine tour and demonstration by Caterpillar. Read More

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RIA Convention to focus on health and safety.

December 11, 2009

Scheduled for March 23-27, RIA's 65th Annual Convention and Exhibition will focus on health and safety and how those topics apply to cleaning and restoration professionals. Dan Coughlin of The Coughlin Group will give keynote address on how to lead a team and accelerate its impact in today's environment. Keynote by Barbara Manis, M.D., of National Medical Advisory/Building Health Sciences, will cover health awareness and safety, how to recognize dangers for workers, and incident response. Read More

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Aerospace Exports promote alliances and economic recovery.

December 11, 2009

In testimony before House Foreign Affairs Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, stated that nearly half of U.S. aerospace sales are exported and are a foundation for building key relationships and shared security with important international allies and partners. AIA supports a number of provisions to modernize export control system included in H.R. 2410 and is looking forward to working with administration on interagency review. Read More