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EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment shows risk to workers.

January 9, 2015

EPA is releasing assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Assessment shows some risks to workers who mix, load, and apply chlorpyrifos pesticide products. When used in large amounts, chlorpyrifos has potential to pose risks in limited geographic areas when drinking water from small watersheds. There were no additional risks from pesticide exposures in food or exposures to bystanders and workers from airborne chlorpyrifos. Read More

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Fort Smith, AR to Upgrade Sewer System to resolve CWA violations.

January 9, 2015

U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Justice, and state of Arkansas announced that Fort Smith, AR will upgrade its sewer collection and treatment system over 12 years to reduce discharges of raw sewage and other pollutants into local waterways. Expected expenses, in addition to routine operation/maintenance, are estimated at $255 million. Also under settlement, Fort Smith will pay $300,000 civil penalty and spend $400,000 to help low-income areas repair and replace privately owned sewer network portions. Read More

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Two New ASTM Publications focus on fossil fuels analysis.

January 9, 2015

R.A. Kishore Nadkarni authored 2 compilations concerning fossil fuels analysis. Monograph 10, Elemental Analysis of Fossil Fuels and Related Materials, has 16 chapters on importance of elemental analysis of fossil fuels, analytical techniques, basic analytical protocols, and proficiency testing programs for elemental analysis. Monograph 11, Sulfur: Chemistry and Analysis of Fossil Fuel Products, covers analytical techniques for sulfur determination and addresses proficiency testing for sulfur. Read More

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Guide to ASTM C94/C94M expounds upon ready-mixed concrete aspects.

January 9, 2015

Updated edition of Manual 49, User’s Guide to ASTM Specification C94/C94M on Ready-Mixed Concrete, 2nd Edition, is available in print and online. Its 22 chapters explain every aspect of ASTM C94: ordering, production, and delivery of ready-mixed concrete. Manual 49 provides tips and advice and has numerical examples, photos, and figures to illustrate proper procedures and implications when C94 is cited in project specifications. Read More

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ASTM Fence Materials/Products Standards is offered in new edition.

January 8, 2015

Targeting fencing manufacturers, contractors, and suppliers as well as architects, project designers, and engineers, 13th edition of ASTM Standards for Fence Materials and Products provides fencing and fencing-related standards used in the manufacture of fence materials and products. Compilation is available in print or online and features ~50 ASTM International standards covering diverse topics. There are also 3 new standards: ASTM F2919, F2957, and ASTM F3000. Read More

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ASTM Technical Paper Compilation looks at sports concussions.

January 8, 2015

STP 1552, The Mechanism of Concussion in Sports, includes 17 peer-reviewed papers that examine science inherent in mechanism of concussion that occurs in sports, including ice hockey, football, and speed skating. Available from ASTM International, this compilation of technical papers includes research that covers such topics as understanding concussive forces, techniques to decrease concussive forces, injury field data, and coaching/training techniques. Read More

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Lighting Equipment Standard addresses harmonic emission, power.

January 7, 2015

NEMA published ANSI C82.77-10-2014 American National Standard for Lighting Equipment — Harmonic Emission Limits — Related Power Quality Requirements, which specifies harmonic limits, their methods of measurement, and power factor for lighting equipment. Development of one standard that specifies limits of total harmonic distortion helps ensure that manufacturer's equipment meets industry guidelines and protects overall power system quality. Standard comes in electronic or hardcopy formats. Read More

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NEMA publishes Premium® Efficiency Electric Motors spec.

January 7, 2015

NEMA has published NEMA Premium® 2014 General Specification for Consultants, Industrial and Municipal: NEMA Premium® Efficiency Electric Motors. Specification outlines minimum requirements for 3-phase AC induction motors applied to municipal and industrial applications for operation on voltages 5,000 V or less, rated 2,500 hp or less, operating more than 2,000 hours per year at >75% of full-load. Latest edition includes revised and updated efficiency tables appearing in NEMA MG 1-2014. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses forged bases for power transmission poles.

January 7, 2015

ASTM A1090/A1090M, Specification for Forged Rings and Hollows Produced from Steels with Atmospheric Corrosion Resistance, provides guidance for production of steel bases of power transmission poles using forging methods. Giving users and producers of bases choice of production methods, standard will also be of use to companies supplying power through transmission poles as well as local/state/federal regulatory agencies involved in approving/monitoring electrical infrastructure projects. Read More

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ASTM Committee to develop standards for driverless AGVs.

January 7, 2015

Technical committee F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles will develop standardized nomenclature and definitions of terms, recommended practices, guides, test methods, specifications, and performance standards for AGVs. In addition, F45 will encourage research by sponsoring symposia, workshops, and publications related to AGVs. Some topics for potential standards development include terminology; specifications for navigation technologies; and test methods for battery life. Read More

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International CES® to feature indoor BLE navigation system.

January 6, 2015

International CES® and Radius Networks announced that the 2015 CES will feature a new navigation system for attendees, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy beacons. Accessible through CES app, system will provide attendees with directions to exhibit locations within CES Tech West and Tech East. In total, system covers estimated 4 million square feet of space. Radius Networks will also be hosting beacon technology meet-up and demonstrating additional innovative uses for BLE beacons. Read More

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ASTM Nonmetallic Lath Standards apply to use with stucco.

January 6, 2015

ASTM International Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems approved 2 nonmetallic plaster base standards. While ASTM C1787 provides minimum performance requirements when nonmetallic plaster base (lath) is used with stucco, ASTM C1788 lists minimum installation requirements for nonmetallic lath with stucco. Also available, ASTM C1764 offers test methods for evaluating performance of vertical wall applications of lath under various test exposures. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers penetration testing of surgical needles.

January 6, 2015

Strength and penetration are key attributes needed for surgical needles. ASTM International standard, ASTM F3014, Test Method for Penetration Testing of Needles Used in Surgical Sutures, focuses on penetration testing of such needles. Having low and consistent penetration force provides users with control for accurate placement of surgical needle during procedure, especially when there is limited space in which to maneuver needle, and when thick or hard tissue is encountered. Read More

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NEMA Business Conditions Gauges decline in December.

January 5, 2015

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined to 50.0 in December. While one quarter of panelists reported conditions improved during said month, same share reported they declined. December's EBCI for future North American conditions remained above 50-point break even mark but declined to 65. Half of panelists expect business environment to improve over next 6 months versus 20% who expect it to decline. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard will cover bath mat production aspects.

January 5, 2015

Proposed standard ASTM WK41157, Specification for Bath Mats, will provide means to evaluate specific performance characteristics of bath mats intended for use in residential and institutional environments. According to ASTM member Kathleen Huddy, this standard will cover all practical aspects of bath mat production, from tuft bind to rug back staining, to help manufacturers create quality consumer products. Information will also cover warning label on proper bath mat use. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Antimicrobial Activity Guide focuses on textiles.

January 5, 2015

Proposed standard ASTM WK31901, Test Methods and Practices for Evaluating Antibacterial Activity on Textiles, will help test laboratories, manufacturers, and retailers understand which standards for antimicrobial treated textiles is best for specific situations. Standard provides index of procedures in form of test methods, practices, and related documents used in textile industry for determining antibacterial properties of antimicrobial-treated textile articles. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers roller-compacted concrete.

January 2, 2015

ASTM WK42461, Test Method for Density (Unit Weight) and Air Content (Pressure Method) of Freshly Mixed Roller-Compacted Concrete will address roller-compacted concrete used in construction of dams and spillways as well as for highway road base material and wearing surfaces on some roads and parking lots. Once approved, standard will be used by testing laboratories, government agencies, and construction contractors working in water resources and pavement industries. Read More

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ASTM Air Quality Standard covers selection of sampler types.

January 2, 2015

Proposed standard ASTM WK45755, Guide for Selection of Quantitative Passive Samplers for Volatile Organic Compounds in Air, will help users decide which air sampler type best suits application requirements. Aspects will include sampler geometry, sorbent choice, sampling time, target species concentration, and sampling environment. According to ASTM member Nicola Watson, no guide is currently available that goes through points to consider when choosing such devices. Read More

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NEMA publishes electrical equipment enclosure standard.

December 31, 2014

NEMA 250-2014 Enclosures for Electrical Equipment (1,000 V Max) covers requirements to provide protection to enclosed equipment against specific environmental conditions, and supplements requirements that are contained in individual product standards. NEMA 250 does not cover requirements for protection of enclosed equipment against condensation, icing, corrosion, or contamination, which may occur within enclosure or which may enter via conduit or unsealed openings. Read More

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XTO to Restore Areas damaged by natural gas extraction.

December 31, 2014

XTO Energy, Inc (XTO) will spend estimated $3 million to restore 8 sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations. Additionally, XTO will implement plan to comply with federal and state water protection laws at West Virginia oil and gas extraction facilities that use horizontal drilling methods. Company will also pay civil penalty of $2.3 million for violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Read More