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EPA prevents harmful chemicals from entering marketplace.

December 24, 2014

Through Significant New Use Rules, EPA is taking action to protect the public from certain chemicals that can cause health effects ranging from cancer to reproductive and developmental harm to people and aquatic organisms. Final action enables EPA to restrict or limit any new uses of these chemicals, including imported goods with these chemicals. Action addresses most uses of certain benzidine-based dyes; DnPP, a phthalate; and Alkanes C 12-13, chloro, a short-chain chlorinated paraffin. Read More

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Dual ASTM Standards aid lead-based paint abatement techniques.

December 23, 2014

Two new ASTM International standards focus on composite wipe sample preparation for analysis following lead abatement activities in buildings. Said standards are ASTM E2913, Practice for the Hotplate Digestion of Lead from Composited Wipe Samples, and ASTM E2914, Practice for Ultrasonic Extraction of Lead from Composited Wipe Samples. Both cover recognized methods of composited wipe sample preparation and will see use by EPA NLLAP-recognized laboratories. Read More

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Agencies Voice Support for VA water quality improvement approach.

December 23, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined others in recognizing market-based nutrient trading program, run by Virginia, aimed at improving water quality of Chesapeake Bay. Encouraging economic investment while reducing phosphorus pollution to local waterways, program saved Commonwealth >$1 million and demonstrated innovative means of meeting Clean Water Act stormwater requirements and Virginia water quality goals. Similar programs are expected to be established around USA. Read More

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December 23, 2014

OMG® Approves Decision Modeling Standard DMN(TM) 1.0 Read More

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CES 2015 Mobile Keynote Panel will feature top executives.

December 23, 2014

Executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips, and Qualcomm will take part in "How Mobile is Fundamentally Changing Our World" at 2015 International CES®, which will take place January 6–9 in Las Vegas, NV. Scheduled for January 6, this panel discussion will be moderated by CNBC's Jon Fortt and explore how mobile will change definitions of such categories as smart home, wearables, automotive, and healthcare. Panel will also examine how innovators are at forefront of these changes. Read More

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NREL Seeks Participants for Energy Execs 2015.

December 23, 2014

NREL is accepting applications for its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, which enables decision-makers throughout USA to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing. Leaders in private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate. Specifically, opportunities are available for Leadership Program and Leadership Institute. Application deadline is January 16, 2015. Read More

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ASTM launches industrial biotechnology committee.

December 23, 2014

Stakeholders in field of industrial biotechnology, including representatives of medical and pharmaceutical industries, agricultural realm, and other industries have joined together to form new ASTM International technical committee. Through its subcommittees, E62 will develop test methods, practices, and terminology standards focusing on industrial biotechnology. Potential topics include feedstock biomass, determination of green content, life cycle analysis, and drop-in chemical specifications. Read More

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ASTM International Committee C09 celebrates its centennial.

December 22, 2014

During its latest standards development meetings, ASTM International committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates celebrated its 100th anniversary. Speakers included past and current chairmen of C09. Work of said committee has been instrumental to success of concrete, ensuring quality, durability, and sustainability while also advancing application of new technologies in concrete industry. C09 currently has 1,400+ members from 62 countries and maintains portfolio of 176+ standards. Read More