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ASTM Groundwater Sampling Standard enhances remediation efficacy.

December 3, 2014

ASTM D7929, Guide for Selection of Passive Techniques for Sampling Groundwater Monitoring Wells, will aid groundwater samplers by examining advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of 3 types of passive samplers: passive-grab samplers, diffusion samplers, and accumulation samplers. According to ASTM member Louise Parker, rapid development of this technology necessitated allowance for application of new methods and devices as they are developed. Read More

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Strong PCB Order Growth drives up book-to-bill ratio.

December 3, 2014

According to October findings from its North American PCB Statistical Program, total shipments increased 0.8% in October 2014 from October 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.0%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were down 5.2%. PCB bookings increased by 28.8% compared to October 2013, improving year-to-date order growth rate to -1.1%. Order growth jumped 15.5% in October compared to previous month. Read More

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ASABE adopts tractor implement hydraulic pressure standard.

December 3, 2014

ANSI/ASABE AD10448:1994, Agricultural tractors – Hydraulic pressure for implements, replaces the withdrawn ASABE standard ASAE S489, Hydraulic Pressure Available on Agricultural Tractors for Remote Use with Implements. Withdrawn document no longer reflected the state-of-the-art designs for flow rates, pressure, tolerances, usable hydraulic power, and sampling capability. Adoption of ISO 10448:1994 further harmonizes national and international standardization. Read More

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EPA's Inaction on 2014 RFS Rule means continued uncertainty.

December 2, 2014

According to BIO, EPA's decision to not finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard for this year continues the atmosphere of uncertainty for the advanced biofuel industry. RFS supports companies that invest in, build, and start up new advanced and cellulosic biorefineries here in the U.S. Delay in this year’s rule already has chilled investment and financing of future projects, even as first-of-a-kind cellulosic biofuel plants are right now starting up operations. Read More

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ASTM Standard applies to testing of Boron-10 loaded materials.

December 2, 2014

ASTM E2971, Test Method for Determination of Effective Boron-10 Areal Density in Aluminum Neutron Absorbers Using Neutron Attenuation Measurements, addresses important aspects of boron use in transportation/storage of spent and new nuclear fuel. According to ASTM member Josh Vanderstelt, this standard will provide uniform approach for direct neutron attenuation measurement. Primary users will be nuclear regulators, boron neutron absorber manufacturers, and inspection facilities. Read More

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AASHTO Board elects Wyoming's John Cox as President.

December 2, 2014

AASHTO's Board of Directors elected Wyoming Department of Transportation Director, John Cox as president and Iowa Department of Transportation Director, Paul Trombino III as VP. As president, Cox's primary emphasis will be to advance multi-year surface transportation reauthorization that closely reflects AASHTO's policy objectives. His second emphasis area will be to explore the need to identify and advance opportunities to enhance state decision-making authority and limit federal regulation. Read More

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SBANE invites Bob Hyldburg as December's guest speaker.

December 2, 2014

SBANE is hosting monthly Rhode Island Breakfast Series on December 10, 2014, entitled How I Became the Historian of the New England Patriots, presented by Bob Hyldburg. Author of "Total Patriots", Hyldburg is the primary source for the NFL New England Patriots. Hyldburg has accumulated Patriots stats and facts over the past 20 years by interviewing over 100 Patriots football players, by working for the NFL, and by becoming a contributor to Boston Sunday Herald’s "NFL Notes". Read More

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Review of Chicago Center Fire underscores need for funding.

December 2, 2014

After reviewing contingency plans in wake of fire at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, FAA is planning changes. Stages include making radar, voice radios, flight planning data, and weather/aeronautical information rapidly available to support operations in new configuration; reducing manual nature of operations by recreating sectors and services of off-line facility at surrounding facilities; and enhancing NextGen capabilities to make services available more quickly if facility is down. Read More