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NEMA publishes guidelines for solvent-cementing joints.

June 2, 2015

Developed by the Polymer Raceway Products Technical Committee, NEMA PRP 2-2014 presents industry guidelines for solvent-cementing joints for PVC rigid, nonmetallic conduit, duct, and fittings. Document provides industry recommendations on the proper cutting and cleaning of conduit and the application of solvent cement, taking into account the environmental conditions when solvent cement is applied. Guidlelines are useful in construction, utilities, and electrical contracting industries. Read More

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TRIB Will Participate in WasteExpo 2015 as exhibitor, educator.

June 1, 2015

Continuing its efforts to educate fleets about environmental and economic benefits of using retreaded tires, TRIB will be exhibiting at WasteExpo 2015 in Las Vegas, NV from June 2–4. TRIB will be showing videos highlighting environmental benefits of retreading and true causes of rubber on the roads. In addition, materials distribution will include copies of 16-page, color "Understanding Retreading" brochure as well as materials from TRIB members that cater to Waste Industry segment. Read More

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ASTM Works to Revise/Reinstate biodegradable plastics standard.

June 1, 2015

ASTM is working to revise and reinstate standard D7081-05, Standard Specification for Non-Floating Biodegradable Plastics in the Marine Environment. Said revision, which will include name change, will cover products (including packaging and coatings) made from plastics that are designed to be biodegradable in natural seawater. This specification was withdrawn in April 2014 in accordance with ASTM Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees (section 10.6.3). Read More

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EPA announces $54.3 million in Brownfields grants.

June 1, 2015

EPA announced the selection of 243 new grant investments totaling $54.3 million to 147 communities across the U.S. Investment will provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean up, and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. Recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 to $600,000 in funding toward EPA cooperative agreements. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalties for hazmat violations.

June 1, 2015

Federal Aviation Administration proposes civil penalties against 3 companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. In each case, FAA alleges shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate hazardous nature of their contents and were not marked, labeled, or packaged in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Proposed penalties against DGI Menard Inc., Aqua-Chem, Inc., and Rust-Oleum Corp range from $54,000 to $81,669. Read More

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NEMA Reaffirms ANSI C81 Standards for lamp bases and holders.

June 1, 2015

NEMA Lighting System-published standards include ANSI C81.61-2009 (R2014) American National Standard for Electrical Lamp Bases—Specifications for Bases for Electric Lamps; ANSI C81.62-2009 (R2014) American National Standard for Electric Lampholders; ANSI C81.63-2007 (R2014) American National Standard for Gauges for Electric Lamp Bases and Lampholders; and ANSI C81.64-2005 (R2014) American National Standard for Guidelines and General Information for Electric Lamp Bases, Lampholders, and Gauges. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers infant inclined sleep products.

June 1, 2015

ASTM International standard F3118, Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Inclined Sleep Products, will cover emergence of infant sleep products with sleeping surfaces of greater than 10°. Specific issues addressed include maximum incline angles, side-to-side surface containment, and side height requirements. Specifically, standard establishes safety performance requirements, test methods, and labeling requirements to minimize potential hazards. Read More

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Clean Water Rule protects vital streams and wetlands.

May 29, 2015

By finalizing Clean Water Rule, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army clearly define protection from pollution and degradation for streams and wetlands. Law- and science-based rule, shaped by public input, ensures protected waters are precisely defined and predictably determined as to make permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry. There are no new permitting requirements for agriculture, and all previous exemptions and exclusions are maintained. Read More

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EPA, Army Representatives detail needs for Clean Water Rule.

May 29, 2015

Responding to requests and addressing Supreme Court decisions, EPA and U.S. Army are finalizing Clean Water Rule to protect streams and wetlands. Rule will provide certainty about which waters are important to protect in order to preserve recreational lakes and rivers which supply Americans with drinking water, help farms thrive, and protect against effects of climate change. Protecting clean water also aids economy by ensuring sustained manufacturing, energy production, and tourism. Read More

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NEMA publishes white paper on electric resistance heating.

May 29, 2015

NEMA released Market Benefits of Electric Resistance Heat, a white paper that provides an overview of recent developments in electric resistance heating. In simple terms, ERH warms working/living spaces using convection heaters such as baseboard or fan-forced heaters. White paper includes high-level exploration of different types of electric heating options; review of common attributes, including comfort, efficiency, and flexibility of use; and case study of electric heat used in "green" homes. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps ensure porcelain enamel-lined pipe efficacy.

May 29, 2015

WK49160, Practice for Casting Preparation and Test Procedure of Porcelain Enamel Lined Pipe, Fittings and Valves for Use in the Municipal Wastewater, Sewage and Water Treatment Industry, will provide best practices for companies that coat pipe with porcelain enamel (glass) lining. Proposed standard can be used by specifiers, designers, consulting engineers, and municipalities as QC guide in developing project specifications and by manufacturers who make products to meet specifications. Read More

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Proposed AM Standard to offer mechanical testing guidelines.

May 29, 2015

ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies is working on a standard that will be used to evaluate mechanical properties for additively manufactured materials. WK49229, Guide for Anisotropy Effects in Mechanical Properties of AM Parts, will serve as a guideline for using currently available standards for measuring mechanical properties, such as fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth, specifically within realm of additive manufacturing. Read More

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SPE announces call for entries in Parts Competition.

May 28, 2015

SPE Thermoforming Division has announced call for entries in its annual Parts Competition, showcasing advances in thermoforming design and application. Entrants may submit parts in several categories: Roll-fed categories include Industrial, Medical, or Food; Heavy-gauge categories are Vacuum Form, Pressure Form, Twin Sheet, and TPO. Entrants may also submit parts comprised of recycled material, which include Value Added Assembly and represent Innovation. Submission deadline is July 31, 2015. Read More

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IPC Market Research Report examines lead-free electronics issues.

May 27, 2015

Released by IPC, "Issues and Outlook for Lead-Free Electronics in Military and Aerospace Applications" assesses current and future state of lead-free usage in high-reliability applications. Examination of various tipping points and other indicators is used as basis for 10-year forecast of ratio of tin/lead to lead-free solder consumption (worldwide and in North America). Study provides look at how manufacturers are coping with such problems and how this trend will affect industry's future. Read More

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NEMA Standard focuses on fittings for conduit and cable.

May 27, 2015

NEMA FB 2.20-2014 Selection and Installation Guidelines Fittings for Use with Flexible Electrical Conduit and Cable was amended to address possible incompatibility between cable dimensions and legacy MC cable fitting designs. Specifically, guidelines included within this NEMA-published standard provide installers and inspectors industry perspective of best practices in selecting and installing fittings for AC and MC cables, NM cable, FMC, LFMC, and LFNC that NEMA members manufacture. Read More

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BIO Applauds Approval of 21st Century Cures Act.

May 27, 2015

BIO praised Energy and Commerce Committee for approving 21st Century Cures Act. Commending said legislation for prioritizing placement of patients at center of drug development process, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood expressed support for establishing framework for incorporating patient views into development and regulatory review processes, focusing on precision medicine through genomics and regulatory science, modernization of clinical trials, and enhancing FDA's scientific capacity. Read More

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BIO Applauds Passage of American Research and Competitiveness Act.

May 27, 2015

BIO applauded House of Representatives for making Research and Development Tax Credit permanent by passing American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 (H.R. 880). Citing its "vital role in supporting the search for cures and breakthrough medicines," BIO's Jim Greenwood voiced strong support for making R&D Tax Credit permanent part of tax code not subject to yearly extensions. Cited benefits included investment encouragement for research-intensive businesses in diverse industries. Read More

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FAA proposes $227,500 civil penalty against AmplaChem Inc.

May 26, 2015

FAA proposes $227,500 civil penalty against AmplaChem, Inc. of Carmel, IN, for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges that on April 10, 2013, AmplaChem knowingly offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to FedEx for air transport from Carmel to Vietnam. Shipment included Boron Tribromide, a corrosive material and toxic inhalation hazard that is forbidden from being transported aboard any commercial aircraft, and 2 other corrosive substances. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard on EPDM-insulated hook-up wire types.

May 26, 2015

ANSI/NEMA HP 9-2014 Electrical and Electronic Ethylene-Propylene Diene Elastomer (EPDM) Insulated Hook-Up Wire, Types EP (rated 125°C;600 V), and EPD (rated 125°C;5000 V), is available for download or in hard copy. Useful in defense and aerospace industries as well as other high-performance applications, this standard covers requirements for EPDM-insulated solid and stranded wire designed to internal wiring of high-reliability electrical and electronic equipment. Read More

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Solazyme CEO to receive BIO George Washington Carver Award.

May 26, 2015

BIO named Solazyme CEO and co-founder Jonathan S. Wolfson as recipient of its 2015 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. Special selection committee chose Wolfson for his vision to take one of the smallest organisms in the world – microalgae – and use it to revolutionize some of the biggest industries in the world. Company’s sustainable algal oils can replace petroleum-based and other unsustainable oils widely used in industries today. Read More