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Registration is Open for 2015 HI PSM annual meeting.

December 30, 2014

Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter will host 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, FL from February 12–17, 2015. Offering exclusive educational and networking opportunities for executives, engineers, and marketing professionals associated with pump and supplier companies, event will feature several guest speakers and general sessions as well as bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Board Meetings, Market Intelligence Committee, Standards Leadership Workshop, and 30+ HI Technical Committees. Read More

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Texas Companies, Chinese Manufacturers found in violation of CAA.

December 30, 2014

Texas-based companies Jonway Motorcycle (USA) Co, Ltd and Shenke USA, Inc, as well as 4 manufacturers in China, violated Clean Air Act (CAA) by importing and selling 11,000+ motorcycles and ATVs that did not conform to specifications previously certified to EPA or lacked EPA certification. Resulting civil penalty was $1,258,582, and EPA also denied select applications for certificates of conformity for select model year 2015 highway motorcycles and RVs. Read More

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NIMS Welcomes Announcement of apprenticeships expansion.

December 30, 2014

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) applauded Administration efforts regarding expansion of apprenticeships via $100 million competitive grant program to launch apprenticeship models in high-growth fields, align apprenticeships to career pathways, and scale effective apprenticeship models. NIMS developed 12+ competency-based apprenticeship models in machining and metalworking industry that monitor progress based on performance as opposed to hours. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for November 2014.

December 30, 2014

According to November findings from its monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, strong year-on-year order growth kept PCB book-to-bill ratio high, while sales remained slightly below last year. Total PCB shipments decreased 3.4% in November 2014 from November 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.2%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were down 5.0%. PCB bookings increased by 12.4% compared to November 2013, improving year-to-date order growth rate to -0.1%. Read More

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HI releases 4 updated ANSI/HI pump standards.

December 30, 2014

Available from HI's redesigned eStore, updated publications include: ANSI/HI 1.1-1.2-2014 Rotodynamic Centrifugal Pumps for Nomenclature and Definitions; ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2-2014 Rotodynamic Vertical Pumps of Radial, Mixed, and Axial Flow Types for Nomenclature and Definitions; ANSI/HI 1.4-2014 Rotodynamic Centrifugal Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance; and ANSI/HI 2.4-2014 Rotodynamic Vertical Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and maintenance. Read More

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Web Video explains carbon neutrality.

December 30, 2014

AF&PA and American Wood Council have launched web video explaining what "carbon neutral" means — from a biomass users' perspective — in 90 seconds. Paper and wood products manufacturing facilities use all parts of raw material to not only manufacture products, but also create more than two-thirds of the energy needed to do so. Most often, this involves using manufacturing residuals and combined heat and power technology to maximize efficiency and provide greenhouse gas reduction benefits. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Air Quality Standard helps prevent HF overexposure.

December 30, 2014

Proposed ASTM standard WK38734, Test Method for the Determination of Particulate Fluorides and Hydrofluoric Acid Using Filter Sampling and Suppressed Ion Chromatography, will help prevent overexposure to hydrofluoric acid/hydrogen fluoride by workers. Targeting analytical laboratories and field industrial hygienists, standard can be used to measure airborne concentration of gaseous HF and particulate fluorides at levels "well above and below" applicable occupational exposure limits. Read More

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National Regulations safeguard disposal of coal ash.

December 30, 2014

EPA announced first national regulations to provide for safe disposal of coal combustion residuals from coal-fired powered plants. Final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the Kingston, TN spill in 2008, and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions from coal ash disposal. In addition, final rule supports responsible recycling of coal ash by distinguishing safe, beneficial use from disposal. Read More