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AWWA Webcast to focus on trenchless technology.

March 31, 2009

On Wednesday, April 22, American Water Works Association (AWWA) is going to host the Trenchless Technology Applications in the Water Industry Webcast. Topics will include currently available trenchless methods, maintaining customer service during construction, as well as various types of replacement pipe that can be installed with the pipe-bursting and pipe-splitting processes. Presenters include Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Collins Orton, and Dan Ellison. Read More

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ATA CEO applauds FAA leadership selection.

March 31, 2009

Air Transportation Association of America applauded administration's announcement that it will name industry veteran Randy Babbitt as Administrator of FAA. According to James C. May, ATA President and CEO, Babbitt has both experience and leadership skills to drive modernization of aging air traffic management system and to improve relations with air traffic controllers. Read More

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ATA Chairman supports air transportation modernization.

March 31, 2009

Speaking at Phoenix Aviation Symposium, United Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO and Air Transport Association Chairman, Glenn Tilton, stressed critical role of air transportation in economic development across nation. According to Tilton, providing infrastructure and energy policy needed to support 21st century aviation will allow United States to compete in global marketplace, and support objectives regarding safety, security, and reduced emissions. Read More

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AWS Revises major qualification standard.

March 31, 2009

American Welding Society (AWS) published the fifth edition of AWS B2.1, Specification for Welding Procedure and Performance Qualification. This standard, known as B2.1/B2.1M:2009, explains requirements for qualifying welding procedures as well as the performance of welders and welding operators for manual, semiautomatic, mechanized, and automatic welding. It covers qualification requirements related to metals, other qualification variables, and testing requirements. Read More

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Water Utility Leaders bring critical issues to Congress.

March 30, 2009

More than 130 water professionals from 48 states came to Capitol Hill to raise critical safe drinking water issues with several hundred members of Congress during annual Water Matters! Fly In event, sponsored by AWWA. This year's event highlighted important issues such as sustainable water infrastructure, chemical facility security, climate change legislation, and drinking water appropriations. Read More

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Program Evaluates labs for emergency communications tests.

March 30, 2009

NIST and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have worked on Project 25 Conformity Assessment Program (P25 CAP), which aims to ensure interoperability between equipment of first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel. To that end, the 2009 edition of NIST Handbook 153 details procedures by which independent testing laboratories can be evaluated for their ability to determine how well communications devices meet said requirement. Read More

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AWWA Seminar tackles aging infrastructure challenges.

March 30, 2009

Scheduled for May 20-21, Distribution System Assessment and Rehabilitation Seminar will include regulations affecting water distribution, how to assess condition and performance of system, and different methodologies to assist with assessment. AWWA will actively engage participants prior to seminar to create dynamic content and increase educational value for water industry professionals. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Act could strengthen manufacturing.

March 30, 2009

John Engler, President of National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), expressed that the Energy Efficiency Act of 2009 (S. 661) is a welcome bi-partisan approach to restoring America's manufacturing leadership. "Providing opportunities for manufacturers to adopt more energy efficient equipment and processes," he explained, "will help us achieve greater energy independence, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions." Read More

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Restoration Industry Association announces 2009 leaders.

March 30, 2009

At the 64th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Palm Springs, CA, the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) announced its officers for 2009. They include Jeff Jones, CRS, of Sani-Sheen System, Inc., as president; Frank Headen, CR, WLS, CMH, of First Restoration Services, Inc., as vice president; and Leo Volkert, CR, WLS, of Primo Clean Restorative Services, as Treasurer. Also, Wade Miller, CR, of Mitigation Services, Inc., will take over as the association's secretary. Read More

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Conference will address safeguarding of health information.

March 30, 2009

To assist the understanding and expansion of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards and practices, NIST is co-hosting "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security" May 18-19 at its Gaithersburg, MD facility. Attendees will learn techniques for implementing HIPAA Security Rule requirements, with focus on strategies for assessing the effectiveness of implemented security controls to support various programs. Read More

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ELFA commends Treasury and Federal Reserve Board.

March 30, 2009

ELFA commended Department of Treasury and Federal Reserve Board of Governors for expanding Term Asset Backed Loan Facility to include leases and loans and offered recommendations to proposed program structure, eligible collateral rating requirements, TALF loan terms, and TALF loan index. ELFA believes decision to include equipment leases and loans as eligible asset class under TALF will become critical component of government's efforts to stimulate lending and investment in commercial sector. Read More

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ASTM International sponsors 2009 Johnson Conference.

March 30, 2009

Scheduled for July 13-15, 2009 Johnson Conference: Standardization of Mold Response Procedures will emphasize practical, science-based field applications. Program will focus on development of standard mold protocols considering moisture dynamics; occupant sensitivity; analytical techniques; use, misuse, and interpretation of microbial testing; response options; and verification. Format will include assessment, testing, health, and remediation sessions. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves Feedstock Chloroform standard.

March 30, 2009

Producers of fluorocarbons are invited to join in ongoing standards development activities of ASTM International Committee D26 on Halogenated Organic Solvents and Fire Extinguishing Agents. The committee recently approved standard ASTM D7509, Specification for Fluorocarbon Feedstock Grade Chloroform. Producers of feedstock for fluorocarbon industry, as well as fluorocarbon producers themselves, are the intended/foreseen users of ASTM D7509. Read More

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SPE announces winners of clean technology awards.

March 30, 2009

Winner of 1st-place award in Clean Technology Business Forum and Competition is technology developed by FRX Polymers, Inc., which enables production of thermoplastics that are flame-retardant and environmentally friendly. PolyNew, Inc. won 2nd-place for PLA bioplastics called ecobionanocomposites, which are heat-resistant nanocomposites for solid/foam trays for food packaging. Competition was sponsored by Battelle international nonprofit R&D organization at GPEC® 2009. Read More

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AWS Sponsors Convention focusing on brazing and soldering.

March 30, 2009

Sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS) and ASM International, the 3-day International Brazing and Soldering Conference (IBSC) will take place in Orlando, FL at Walt Disney World Hilton from April 27-29. A full-day of pre-conference seminars will be held on April 26. The technical program and exhibits provide participants and attendees an opportunity to learn more about brazing and soldering trends, techniques, products, and processes. Read More

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SPE Sets Dates for Polyolefins 2010 Conference.

March 30, 2009

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced that the SPE International Polyolefins(TM) 2010 Conference will take place from February 21-24 in Houston, TX at the Hilton Houston North Hotel. Topics to be addressed will include innovations in catalyst and process technologies, additive systems, and compounding techniques as well as trends in key markets. On February 24-25, SPE will also host a series of one- and two-day seminars in conjunction with the Polyolefins Conference. Read More

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HI seeks reviewers for draft of updated standard.

March 30, 2009

Under approval of ANSI, Hydraulic Institute is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in review process for draft of updated Standard ANSI/HI 4.1-4.6, Sealless Rotary Pumps for Nomenclature, Definitions, Application, Operation, and Test. Individuals and organizations directly and materially affected by this standard include pump users and specifiers, producers, standards developers, government agencies, and general interest groups. Read More

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BIO to address diversity at 2009 BIO International Convention.

March 30, 2009

BIO will hold Fulfilling the Promise: Diversity in Biotechnology Summit on May 18, 2009, in Atlanta as part of 2009 BIO International Convention. Summit will address science education, health disparities, and community outreach in biotechnology industry. Plenary breakfast; economic/workforce development panel; legislative roundtable; town hall meeting on education, access, and awareness of future of technology; and keynote address from Luis G. Fortuno/Honorable Louis Sullivan are planned. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB industry results for February 2009.

March 30, 2009

According to its February 2009 North American PCB Statistical Program, IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced that rigid PCB shipments are down 23.2% and bookings were down 35.5% from last year. Compared to the previous month, respective decreases are 3.2% and 3.5%. Flexible circuit shipments, however, were up 3.6%, and bookings were down 6.1% compared to February 2008. Compared to the previous month, respective increases were 8.7% and 23.9%. Read More

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Bearing Brief details beneficial coatings and materials.

March 30, 2009

Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has released the single-topic Bearing Brief, Special Coatings and Materials to Enhance Bearing Performance. It addresses recent advances in material science that allow bearings to last longer and perform better. Such advances include steel quality, alloys/platings, heat treatments, and microstructure control as well as coatings that protect bearings from corrosion, wear, and electrical conductivity. Read More