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ASTM International names Robert J. Ebelhar vice chairman.

January 7, 2014

Ronald J. Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, a senior principal at Terracon in Cincinnati, OH, has been elected to serve 1-year term as vice chairman of the board of directors. Ebelhar, who joined ASTM International in 1980, is chairman of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, as well as ASTM fellow and 2003 Award of Merit recipient. In addition to his ASTM work, Ebelhar is a fellow and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, in the Academy of Geo-Professionals. Read More

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Thomas Schwartz elected chairman of 2014 ASTM Board of Directors.

January 7, 2014

Thomas A. Schwartz, P.E., senior principal and president at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., has been named chairman of 2014 ASTM International board of directors. ASTM International member since 1982, Schwartz currently serves on Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings as well as C14 on Glass and Glass Products and E58 on Forensic Engineering. His work outside ASTM includes positions as construction industry arbitrator for American Arbitration Association and technical editor for Glass Digest. Read More

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NREL Finds Cellulose Digestion Mechanism by fast-eating enzyme.

January 7, 2014

NREL researchers discovered enzyme from microorganism can digest cellulose at almost twice rate of currently available component cellulase enzyme. Paper reporting this finding, "Revealing Nature's Cellulase Diversity: The Digestion Mechanism of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii CelA," appears in Science. Enzyme could help drive down price of making lignocellulosic fuels, from ethanol to other biofuels, that can be dropped into existing infrastructure. Read More

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EPA proposes updates to standards for woodstoves and heaters.

January 7, 2014

EPA is proposing standards for amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and heaters, beginning in 2015. Proposal would make next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80% cleaner than those manufactured today, leading to important air quality and public health improvements in communities across the country. Proposal would affect wood heaters manufactured beginning in 2015 and will not affect units already in use or currently for sale today. Read More

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ASTM International Standards aid in radon mitigation.

January 6, 2014

Technical standards contributing to technology behind radon mitigation include two approved by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. Said standards are ASTM E1465, Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings, (originally approved in 1992) and ASTM E2121, Practice for Installing Radon Mitigation Systems in Existing Low-Rise Residential Buildings, (first approved in 2001). Read More

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EPA Rule incorporates ASTM site assessment standard.

January 6, 2014

EPA published final rule that incorporates latest version of ASTM E1527-13, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, in the performance of all appropriate inquiries when conducting environmental site assessments. E1527 describes Phase I ESA process, which is used to identify potential for releases of hazardous substances or petroleum products that could lead to liability to new property owners if not identified, evaluated, addressed, and managed. Read More

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New Test Facility to improve wind turbines.

January 3, 2014

NREL has added a 5 MW Dynamometer Test Facility at its National Wind Technology Center, dramatically expanding capability of engineers and their industry partners to verify performance and reliability of wind turbine drivetrain prototypes and commercial machines. Facility is capable of testing drivetrains up to 5 MW and employs dynamically variable loading capabilities that will allow researchers to better simulate conditions turbine might experience in the field. Read More

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2014 International CES will showcase global startup community.

January 3, 2014

Exhibitor areas and events at 2014 International CES®, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, NV from January 7–10, will spotlight future of technology via startups and entrepreneurs. Indiegogo Zone will feature global hardware campaigners showcasing products and sharing experiences about raising funds on Indiegogo, while UP Global LIVE Stage will feature panels with entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and media. ShowStoppers Launch.it power session will also take place. Read More

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AIA Commends Announcement of UAS test sites.

January 3, 2014

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) welcomed FAA's selection of six Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test sites required by FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. According to AIA, this announcement will facilitate research, development, and collection of performance data necessary for eventual UAS integration into National Airspace System. AIA also claimed this announcement is one more step towards realizing full potential benefits of UAS. Read More

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FAA Selects Research and Test Sites for unmanned aircraft systems.

January 2, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected 6 public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around USA. Selection took into account such factors as geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience, and risk. Sites include University of Alaska, State of Nevada, Griffiss International Airport (NY), North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M University, and Virginia Tech. Read More

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Metal Recycler required to invest in company-wide protections.

December 31, 2013

AL Solutions, a West Virginia-based metal recycler, has agreed to implement extensive, company-wide safeguards to prevent future accidental releases of hazardous chemicals from its facilities, resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from an explosion at the company’s New Cumberland facility that killed 3 people. Among other requirements, company must use advanced monitoring technology, including hydrogen monitoring and IR cameras, to assess hazardous chemical storage areas. Read More

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RIA Announces Details, Keynote Speakers for 2014 convention.

December 30, 2013

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) will hold International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo in Orlando, FL from April 9–11, 2014. Opening keynote address – overview of property insurance industry that will address what matters most to insurers as well as identify metrics and measurements they follow – will be delivered by Chip Lackey on April 10. Bryan Koon will deliver second keynote address, "A Big-Picture View of Emergency Management," on April 11. Read More

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SPE Seeks Nominations for Thermoformer of the Year Award.

December 30, 2013

SPE Thermoforming Division seeks nominations for Thermoformer of the Year Award, which recognizes significant contribution to thermoforming industry in technical, educational, or managerial capacity. Deadline for nomination is January 31, 2014, and nominees will be evaluated and reviewed with due consideration given to each nominee's industry contributions along with professional society affiliations, publications, patents, honors, and other achievements in plastics field. Read More

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Energy Company to pay $3.2 million civil penalty.

December 30, 2013

Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, will spend EPA-estimated $6.5 million to restore 27 sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands and to implement plan to comply with federal and state water protection laws at company’s natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia, many of which involve hydraulic fracturing. Company will also pay civil penalty of $3.2 million for violations of the Clean Water Act, under Section 404 program. Read More

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EPA Rule provides clear pathway for using CCS technologies.

December 30, 2013

U.S. EPA issued final rule that helps create consistent national framework to ensure safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies. Rule clarifies that carbon dioxide streams captured from emission sources, injected underground via UIC Class VI wells approved for purpose of geologic sequestration under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and meeting certain other conditions, will be excluded from EPA’s hazardous waste regulations. Read More

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NEMA Supports Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure in Madison, WI.

December 30, 2013

NEMA commended City of Madison Common Council for taking first step towards making Madison more energy-efficient by introducing energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis called eliminating energy waste in buildings "good business for building and business owners" and also pointed out its benefit to Wisconsin's manufacturing sector." NEMA's 400+ members companies have 55 manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and employ ~6,000 people. Read More

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Two ISPE Studies were cited in FDA statement to Congress.

December 30, 2013

In her statement associated with her testimony to U.S. Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, Janet Woodcock cited 2 ISPE studies – survey conducted by ISPE UK Affiliate's Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Community of Practice, and Drug Shortages Survey report – to advocate use of Quality by Design (QbD) to enhance development capability and reduce manufacturing costs while ensuring quality drug products. Read More

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BIO announces presenting companies for annual conference.

December 30, 2013

BIO announced preliminary list of presenting companies for the 16th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference to be held Feb 10-11, 2014 in New York City. Presenting companies are hand-selected for event, and consist of mid- to large-cap established public as well as late-stage private companies worldwide. Companies typically have a clinical stage program centered around therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, or a platform technology, as well as upcoming clinical, regulatory, or corporate catalyst. Read More

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IPC to hold conflict minerals workshops.

December 30, 2013

IPC has partnered with consulting firm Tetra Tech to offer one-day conflict minerals workshop to help companies prepare for conflict minerals reporting and customer inquiries prior to May 31, 2014 U.S. SEC reporting deadline. Instructors will review SEC conflict minerals rule and Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in detail, providing compliance roadmap for workshop attendees. Additional topics include: OEM programs and requirements; conducting RCOI; and IPC-1755, EICC/GeSI reporting template. Read More

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ELFA Economic Activity Survey is available for November 2013.

December 30, 2013

Reporting economic activity from 25 companies representing cross section of $827 billion equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed overall new business volume for November 2013 was $6.6 billion (3% up from November 2012). Month-over-month, new business volume was down 13% from October, and year to date volume increased 5% compared to 2012. Separately, Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for December is 55.8 – down from November's 56.9. Read More