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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

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ASTM Standard covers HDPE compounds in plastic piping.

December 31, 2014

ASTM WK39447, Specification for Metric Outside Diameter Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pressure Pipe (DRPN), will cover premier high-density polyethylene compounds used in plastic piping systems worldwide. Standard establishes material and product requirements, and tests for verification of compliance. It will be limited to PE4710 that is hydrostatic design basis- and hydrostatic design stress-rated using ASTM procedures; and PE100 that is minimum required strength-rated using ISO procedures. Read More

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Particle Size Standard will help measure metal powders.

December 31, 2014

Proposed ASTM standard, ASTM WK45240, Test Methods for the Particle Size Distribution Measurement of Powdered Materials by Wet and Dry Laser Diffraction, will set out general approach to measuring powders, suspensions, or slurries using appropriate wet or dry methodology. Standard will provide practical guidance on sampling, dispersion, verification, and correct use of optical constants. Applications include fuel injection, emulsions, perfumery, paints, coatings, and ceramic plates. 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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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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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