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FAA announces appointment of new chief counsel.

July 7, 2009

David Grizzle has been appointed as FAA chief counsel, according to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who says Grizzle understands challenges of leading diverse, international organization. Grizzle takes on role after 22 yr career with Continental Airlines, Inc., serving as senior VP of customer experience from 2005-2008. He also worked for U.S. Department of State from 2004-2005 and practiced in several New York law firms from 1978-1984. Read More

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Meeting focused on improving existing buildings' efficiency.

July 7, 2009

At its 2009 Annual Conference, ASHRAE launched the prototype of its Building Energy Quotient building energy labeling program, introduced a year-long focus on existing buildings, and kicked off the Commissioning Process Management Professional certification program. Gordon Holness, ASHRAE president, noted the increase in renovation versus building new and said that "now is the perfect time for ASHRAE to focus on reducing energy consumption in existing buildings." Read More

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AWEA makes statement on energy and climate legislation.

July 7, 2009

In response to House passage of American Clean Energy and Security Act, AWEA CEO Denise Bode stated that AWEA looks forward to working with Senate and Congress toward final passage of legislation that includes strong Renewable Electricity Standard. Strong RES will allow country to remain competitive in global race to secure renewable energy investment and jobs and will demonstrate commitment to avoid carbon emissions. Read More

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IPC urges members to resist ban of Tetrabromobisphenol(a).

July 7, 2009

IPC campaign encourages members in Germany and Sweden to contact respective environmental agencies and government officials, urging they resist ban of Tetrabromobisphenol(a) (TBBPA). In EU Risk Assessment, TBBPA flame retardant was found not to be harmful to environment or human health. European Union Council, Germany, and Sweden environmental agencies are calling for restriction of TBBPA under RoHS, which is based on faulty, unscientific report published last year by Öko Institut. Read More

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Nominations Sought for Vehicle Engineering Team Award.

July 6, 2009

The Automotive Division of SPE® International issued a call for Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA) nominations for its 39th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition and Gala. Any automaker is eligible to nominate its vehicles and the deadline for submission is July 31, 2009. VETA recognizes technical achievements of entire teams whose work in research, design, engineering, and/or manufacturing has led to integration of polymeric materials on a notable vehicle. Read More

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VETA Award honors automotive-focused plastics integration.

July 6, 2009

Offered in the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Program, the Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA) honors an automakers significant use of innovative plastics content on a new production vehicle. VETA recognizes the technical achievements of entire teams - automotive designers and engineers, tier integrators, materials suppliers, toolmakers, and others - whose work in research, design, engineering, and/or manufacturing has led to significant integration of polymeric materials. Read More

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AEM Safety Pictorial Database is available in Chinese.

July 6, 2009

AEM has developed Chinese-language version of AEM Safety Pictorial Database to optimize global communication of safety messages. It provides recognized pictorial illustrations for voluntary use in equipment safety signs, manuals, and other training materials. Introduced in 2006, database offers 130 pictorials searchable by category and keyword, covering many industries/product lines, and stressing hazard identification and avoidance. Graphics are downloadable in EPS and DXF formats. Read More

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NACD Moderated Panel on multi-agency harmonization.

July 3, 2009

On June 30 of this year, NACD VP of Government Affairs Jennifer Gibson moderated a panel discussion on Multi-Agency Harmonization on Chemical and Hazardous Materials Security Regulations with key officials from several Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation agencies. The discussion - a highlight of the 2009 Chemical Sector Security Summit - addressed major security programs agencies administer and how they work with each other to coordinate efforts. Read More

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USDA Report indicates wide adoption of biotech crops.

July 3, 2009

According to USDA's Economic Research Service report, released July 1, 2009, adoption of genetically engineered soybeans was 91% in 2009, cotton reached 88%, and corn climbed to 85%. Report features 3 tables, devoted to each, that cover 2000-09 by U.S. state. It also summarizes extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant crops since 1996. Sharon Bomer Lauritsen noted that in 2007, use of biotech crops equaled removal of 14.2 billion kg of CO2 from atmosphere. Read More

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FABTECH 2009 to focus on economic recovery.

July 3, 2009

Scheduled for November 15-18 in Chicago, FABTECH® International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, is expected to draw 35,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors. John Catalano, FABTECH show manager, believes expected attendance indicates manufacturing will thrive when economy picks up. Co-sponsored by AWS, FMA, SME, and PMA, event will include keynote panel discussions, solutions showcase seminars, education/technical sessions, and professional welding competition with grand prize of $2,500. Read More

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IPC Testifies on EPA request for guidance on reopening DSW Rule.

July 3, 2009

Supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2008 Definition of Solid Waste Rule (DSW), IPC director of environmental policy and government relations Fern Abrams testified as to its environmental benefits. Her testimony focused on how the DSW rule removes regulatory barriers that inhibit the recycling of manufacturing wastes while simultaneously providing an environmental benefit by reducing waste. Based on such points, Abrams urged the EPA to deny Sierra Club's petition. Read More

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First Quarter 2009 Laser Orders down 38% from 2008.

July 3, 2009

According to AMT, orders of industrial laser equipment and systems in first quarter 2009 are reported at $58.8 million - a decrease of 38.2% from fourth quarter 2008. Orders within North America totaled $45.9 million, while exports amounted to approximately $12.9 million. By dollar value, laser systems consisting of a source and workstation made up 87.9% of orders. Measured by units, systems accounted for 61.1% of units. Read More

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Annual Report details transportation issues.

July 3, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board's annual report, which provides a summary of accident investigations and safety recommendations in the past calendar year, was released to Congress. Along with investigations into 19 major accidents, 221 regional accidents, and 18 international aviation accidents, 2008 highlights include 34 major reports and accident briefs adopted, 129 safety recommendations issued, and 67 safety recommendations closed. Read More

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NIST requests public comment on draft report.

July 3, 2009

NIST is requesting public comment on draft report, formerly announced in Federal Register notice published on June 30, that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing interoperability standards for smart electric power grid. Prepared under contract by EPRI, report will be used in drafting NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework. Comments should reference Federal Register notice and must be received on or before July 30, 2009. Read More

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AFS and NADCA combine government affairs efforts.

July 3, 2009

Effective July 1, the federal government affairs services of American Foundry Society (AFS) will be combined with the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). The result of this collective effort, which will entail a coordinated, joint federal advocacy effort while maintaining each group's status as separate organizations, is to be called the Metalcasters Alliance for Government Affairs and will be represented by Waterman and Associates. Read More

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NIST extends deadline for technology innovation proposals.

July 3, 2009

Because of technical difficulties at website accepting electronic submissions, NIST announced it is extending deadline for submitting proposals to its Technology Innovation Program competition from June 23 to Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at 3 pm ET. NIST will now accept only paper submissions. Competition, originally announced on March 26, 2009, offers multiyear, cost-shared research funding in civil infrastructure and advanced materials in manufacturing. Read More

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NIST develops ion trap that senses force and light.

July 2, 2009

Built by NIST and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg physicists, stylus trap holds promise in sensing very small forces or as interface for transferring individual light particles for quantum communications. By scanning trap near surface or moving sample near trap, user could map near-surface electric/magnetic fields. Using standard techniques to cool ions with laser light and trap them with electromagnetic fields, trap could also be used for quantum key cryptography or in quantum computing. Read More

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Charles W. Briggs Award was given to Edward Ginzel.

July 2, 2009

A member of ASTM International since 1996, consultant Edward Ginzel was honored with the Charles W. Briggs Award for his outstanding contributions to the work of ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. He has been active in promoting advanced ultrasonic methods and continues to work with agencies developing personnel certification programs for the advanced methods. Ginzel is also a member of the Canadian General Standards Board Committee on NDT Personnel Certification. Read More

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Gary A. Hayden was honored with Award of Merit.

July 2, 2009

Gary A. Hayden, chief metallurgist and QA director at CP Industries, was presented with an ASTM International Award of Merit for his service to ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys. He joined ASTM International in 1993 and currently serves as secretary of Committee A01 and its Subcommittee A01.06 on Steel Forgings and Billets. He also chairs the editorial subcommittee, leads several A01 task groups, and works on Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing. Read More

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CA Auto Emissions Waiver may create regulatory uncertainty.

July 2, 2009

According to NAM's Vice President for Energy and Resources Policy, Keith McCoy, the EPA's decision to grant California's waiver to move forward with more stringent tailpipe emissions "could lead to a patchwork of regulations that would burden an already beleaguered manufacturing sector." He went on to express hope that this action would not undermine efforts to create one uniform, federal standard for fuel economy that will promote regulatory certainty. Read More