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Revised Aerial Adventure Course Standard clarifies details.

December 8, 2014

Originally approved in 2012, ASTM F2959, Practice for Special Requirements for Aerial Adventure Courses, provides criteria and references for use in design, manufacture, construction, installation, integration, operation, maintenance, auditing, and major modification of aerial adventure courses. Revisions to this standard have been implemented in order to clarify detailed sections dealing with owner/operator requirements and design requirements. Read More

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Joint Comments address Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines.

December 8, 2014

In joint comments, AF&PA and AWC express concern that US EPA's proposal on Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units exceeds agency's authority and has potentially harmful implications for business and consumers alike. Organizations feel EPA proposal may unnecessarily increase energy costs by forcing fuel choices on utilities and impose new requirements on renewable energy providers and users such as paper and wood products manufacturers. Read More

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ASTM Standard describes reference images for magnesium castings.

December 5, 2014

Set of 14 digital reference images described in ASTM E2869, Digital Reference Images for Magnesium Castings, are available as ASTM adjunct RRE2869, Digital Reference Images for Magnesium Castings. Said images, illustrating 8 grades of severity, feature step wedge and 2 duplex wire gauges that can be used to identify and evaluate discontinuities which may be present in castings. Consequently, foundries and end-users can use these images in making accept-reject decisions on castings. Read More

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ASTM Seminar will address microwave inspection of composites.

December 5, 2014

During its January meetings, ASTM International Subcommittee E07.10 on Specialized NDT Methods will host a New Methods Seminar on Microwave Inspection of Plastics and Composites. Seminar will be presented by ASTM member Robert Stakenborghs, General Manager, Evisive Inc. Method he will be describing was devised when Evisive was looking for a way to inspect rubber expansion joints in nuclear power plants, and is one that can be used to inspect many new composite materials. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard fosters sustainable roofing practices.

December 4, 2014

According to ASTM's Joseph Schwetz, ASTM WK46625, Guide for Establishing a Recycle Program for Roof Covers, "will suggest methods and procedures for the recycling of waterproofing materials." Options are said to include recycled materials being made into new waterproofing covers, into other roofing/waterproofing products and accessories, or for other end uses. Companies can use this standard to develop recycling programs and reduce amount of roofing materials destined for landfills. Read More

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OSHA makes changes to reporting requirements.

December 4, 2014

As of January 1, 2015, all employers must report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations, and all losses of an eye within 24 hours. There are two classes of employers that are partially exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records. They include employers with 10 or fewer employees at all times during previous calendar year, and establishments in certain low-hazard industries. Read More

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Biotech Scientist Dr. Debbie Yaver to receive BIO award.

December 4, 2014

During 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy, Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director of Expression Technology, Genomics, and Bioinformatics at Novozymes, will deliver remarks and will be presented inaugural Rosalind Franklin Award by BIO and The Rosalind Franklin Society. Award will be presented annually to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing. Yaver's vision and leadership in genetic engineering has impacted field of advanced biofuels. Read More

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EPA awards grants to reduce indoor pollutant exposure.

December 4, 2014

EPA awarded funding to 8 organizations throughout the U.S. to protect public health by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants, such as radon, and environmental asthma triggers commonly found in homes, schools, offices, and other large buildings. Through competitive grant process, EPA is providing $4.5 million in funds to ensure Americans, especially in low-income, minority, and tribal communities, are able to reduce their exposure to indoor pollutants and safeguard their families’ health. Read More