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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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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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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Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, said that a shrinking aerospace workforce, outdated export control rules, and a cumbersome defense acquisition system are threatening the health of the U.S. national security space industrial base.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BIO urges Senate confirmation of Sebelius and Hamburg.

April 29, 2009

Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, urged U.S. Senate to move forward quickly in confirming Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and Dr. Peggy Hamburg as Commissioner of FDA. During swine flu emergency, public health agencies, administration, and general public would greatly benefit from having confirmed Secretary and FDA Commissioner who would help provide stability, leadership, and confidence public seeks. Read More

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Standards provide relief during Stress Awareness Month.

April 29, 2009

ANSI supports development of standards related to stress-relieving activities such as massage, exercise, and safe sun exposure. International Standard IEC 60335-2-32 Ed. 4.1 b:2008 guides safety of foot and hand-held massagers, as well as massage beds, chairs, pads, and belts. ASTM F1976-06 protects runners and other athletes from foot, ankle, and leg injuries caused by improper footwear. Providing guidelines for recreational sunglasses, ANSI Z80.3-2008 assures safety of consumers' eyes. Read More

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ASTM Standard for Accreditation chosen by ANSI committee.

April 29, 2009

ANSI-CAP announced it has selected ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, as the standard against which certificate programs will be evaluated for potential accreditation. The ANSI program seeks to accredit organizations that issue education and training certificates to US workers. The committee that selected this standard reflects a balance of interested personnel certificate entities that represent diverse industries and stakeholders. Read More

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Open Forum rescheduled to coincide with WSW 2009.

April 29, 2009

In response to member feedback on financial impact of business travel, ANSI has announced that Open Forum for Standards Developers has been rescheduled to coincide with Institute's World Standards Week 2009 and will be held on Oct 6. Forum is focused on bringing together leaders of both accredited and non-accredited standards developing organizations. It is open to all interested stakeholders, including SDOs, consortia and other fora, industry, government, and consumers. Read More

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Standards cover hearing protectors and corneal topography.

April 29, 2009

Developed by Acoustical Society of America, ANSI/ASA S12.6-2008 specifies laboratory-based methods for assessing and reporting passive noise-reducing capabilities of hearing protection devices. Standard does not cover issues relevant to computational schemes or rating systems for applying hearing protector attenuation values. Developed by ANSI - Accredited Standards Committee Z80, ANSI Z80.23-2008 regulates instruments, systems, and methods used to measure shape of cornea over anterior surface. Read More