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AWWA stresses need to protect/conserve water resources.

May 6, 2009

During Drinking Water Week, AWWA is highlighting importance of protecting and conserving water resources. Mike Leonard, AWWA President, says it is most important to protect water at its source and keep watersheds and waterways free from pollution. Water communities are investing in technologies to reuse and desalinate water and utilities need to invest in maintaining water infrastructure. AWWA is also offering various tips for people to conserve water. Read More

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RIA addresses H1N1 influenza clean-up issues.

May 5, 2009

According to RIA recommendations for cleaning and restoration professionals, as well as building services personnel, microbial contaminants should be removed with damp wiping, air scrubbing, and other methods that will effectively eliminate them from environment. Recommended personal protective equipment includes disposable Tyvek® suits, shoe covers/booties, non-permeable gloves, splash-resistant goggles, and N-95 or higher filtering facepiece respirator certified by NIOSH. Read More

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Tap Water is lauded as lean, clean, and green.

May 5, 2009

As an authoritative resource on safe water, AWWA will highlight the benefits of tap water - quality, efficiency, conservation - as well as the importance of water infrastructure during Drinking Water Week 2009. This annual celebration will also feature water utilities, environmental advocates, and others participating in school events, public presentations, and community festivals. Communities will also be given important tips for protecting water supplies and conserving resources. Read More

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Ron Kirk defends Intellectual Property Rights.

May 5, 2009

In Special 301 annual report to Congress, USTR Ron Kirk served clear notice that he and Obama Administration will confront Intellectual Property Rights problems wherever they emerge. According to Ambassador Kirk, annual report provides one critical tool for focusing on urgent problems that threaten to undermine innovation and creativity of American firms, workers, and artists. NAM looks forward to working with Kirk, his USTR team, and Administration to address these problems. Read More

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Proposed Green Building Standard begins third public review.

May 5, 2009

Released by the Standard 189.1 committee, the nation's first standard for high-performance green buildings began its third public review period May 1, 2009. Comments on "Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings" will be accepted through June 15, 2009. The third public review draft has been reorganized to focus on delivering and maintaining energy and water efficiency performance over the life of the building. Read More

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EPRI hosts Power Switching Safety and Reliability Conference.

May 4, 2009

Scheduled for Sept 14-15, 13th Annual Power Switching Safety and Reliability Conference will offer opportunity to exchange information about switching policies and procedures that contribute to safety and reliability. Event will address detailed switching procedures and associated software, programs for training, audits and incident investigation, as well as management strategies and policies. Training Seminar titled Time-Critical Decision Making and Examples will take place on Sept 13. Read More

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Report Shows Hydrogen Vehicles will drive change.

May 4, 2009

A report, "Energy Evolution: An Analysis of Alternative Vehicles and Fuels to 2100," depicts a scenario which initially includes a mix of alternative-fuel vehicles but later dominated by hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles sales. This scenario also forecasts simultaneously cutting US greenhouse gas pollution by 80% (below 1990 levels); reaching petroleum quasi-independence by mid-century; and eliminating nearly all controllable air pollution by this century's end. Read More

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Space Industrial Base is being challenged from 3 fronts.

May 4, 2009

Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, said that a shrinking aerospace workforce, outdated export control rules, and a cumbersome defense acquisition system are threatening the health of the U.S. national security space industrial base. Recommendations to improve this situation solicited investment in science and education national priorities, re-evaluation of export controls on space technologies, and embracing of management practices that promote requirements stability. Read More

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Public Officials explore water issues at AWWA's ACE09.

May 4, 2009

Scheduled for June 14-18, AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition will include Public Officials Certificate program, Public Officials Breakfast and Caucus, and networking reception. Event will cover topics such as infrastructure maintenance, climate change, conservation and water efficiency, legislative and regulatory issues, managing in down economy, and public affairs. More than 500 exhibitors will be on-site showcasing latest products and services to help ensure safe water. Read More

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North American EBCI Readings post gains in April.

May 1, 2009

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rose 16 points in April to 42. Although it fell below the key 50-point mark, indicative of improvement in industry conditions for seventeenth straight month, the index managed to reach its highest level in almost a year and has rallied some 34 points over the last 4 months. The future EBCI for North America pointed to a possible improvement in the level of the business conditions 6 months ahead. Read More

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Successful Washington Fly-In was held by NACD.

May 1, 2009

Members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) met in Washington DC for the association's annual Fly-In. During the event, 50 NACD member company participants had 149 meetings scheduled with Senators, Representatives, and congressional staff members representing 33 states. Topics addressed concerns dealing with railroad-specific topics as well as the October 2009 sunset date, CFATS, the Employee Free Choice Act, and chemical industry advocacy. Read More

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States deliver economic recovery projects nationwide.

May 1, 2009

Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, Allen D. Biehler, told House transportation committee that competition for stimulus projects is helping drive down bids for work, offering added benefit from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to survey by AASHTO, some states are reporting project bids coming in 5-27% below estimates. Biehler testified that lower bids will help states whittle away at backlog of projects which far exceeds available recovery dollars. Read More

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NEMA offers guide to energy-saving lighting for facilities.

May 1, 2009

Helping American building owners/operators begin process of reducing costs and saving energy, NEMA is offering Opportunities for Federal Building Retrofits lighting checklist. Detailed, 18-pg guide covers topics such as personal light control, occupancy sensing, and load shedding. Specific lighting renovation information is provided for every type of structure and guide also includes information on products such as lamps, luminaires, ballasts, and controls. Read More

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ASHRAE seeks Department of Energy fellowship applicants.

May 1, 2009

ASHRAE is seeking members to apply for 12-18 month DOE fellowship who are looking to assist with national energy code deployment and compliance. Selected member will work in one of the following areas: template processes/procedures for evaluation of state code compliance; residential duct test training; assessing impact of updating state energy codes; or preparing materials for energy code training. Minimum stipend of $50,000/yr will be provided. Read More

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NAM urges Senate to vote against 2010 Budget Resolution.

May 1, 2009

According to NAM VP for Tax and Domestic Policy, Dorothy Coleman, NAM opposes conference report on Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Resolution. While NAM appreciates recognition in budget blueprint of need for pro-growth tax relief, massive potential tax increases envisioned in Resolution would overwhelm any economic growth generated by this relief. Tax increases would cost manufacturing jobs and limit competitiveness, driving American companies into even more difficult economic situation. Read More

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Investment needed to combat debris threats to space assets.

April 30, 2009

According to testimony by AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, space debris is a growing threat to U.S. exploration activities and must be carefully monitored to ensure safety of humans traveling in space and aboard International Space Station. Blakey called upon lawmakers to provide funding for space situational awareness and protection of U.S. space assets, including hardening satellites from attack and establishing contingency plans to provide backup to space assets. Read More

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AIA CEO says aviation innovation will spur economic growth.

April 30, 2009

Marion Blakey, president and CEO of AIA, told the audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society's Lindbergh Lecture that the global aviation industry must rely on technological advances to address challenges posed by the worldwide economy, the environment, and global air transportation system modernization. The lecture also pointed out the importance of the development/implementation of air transportation systems based on Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast technology. Read More

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ASC seeks presentations for fall convention.

April 30, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 11-13, 2009, ASC 2009 Fall Convention and EXPO offers opportunity for industry leaders to share knowledge and experience. ASC is soliciting presentations on topics such as sustainability, green markets and technology, structural adhesives, changing building codes, and growth in hot melts. Co-located at convention site, Waterborne Short Course will cover all facets of waterborne adhesives. ASC EXPO, showcasing adhesive and sealant products, will take place Oct 12. Read More

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AEC announces 3 new members to 2009 Board of Directors.

April 29, 2009

Elected to 2-year term as Independent Extruder Director was Richard Merluzzi, President and CEO of Pennex Aluminum Company in Wellsville, PA and chairman of AEC's Business Information Committee. Elected to serve 2-year term as At-large Directors were Lynn Brown, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for Hydro Aluminum in Linthicum, MD and Jim Dickson, Director of Sales and Marketing-Primary Metal for North America for Rio Tinto Alcan Ingot Sales in Mayfield Heights, OH. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2009.

April 29, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program findings, rigid PCB shipments are down 30.5% and bookings are down 39.8% in March 2009 from March 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 9.6% and rigid bookings increased 10.5%. Flexible circuit shipments in March 2009 are up 1.0%, and bookings are down 12.0% compared to March 2008. Compared to February 2009, flexible circuit shipments are up 22.3% and flex bookings are up 15.0%. Read More