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EPA aims to reduce methane and ozone-forming pollution.

January 19, 2015

As part of Obama Administration’s commitment to addressing climate change, EPA has outlined series of steps it plans to take to address methane and smog-forming VOC emissions from oil and gas industry. Agency’s commonsense strategy will reduce methane pollution from new sources, reduce ozone-forming pollutants from existing sources in areas that do not meet federal ozone health standards, and build on work that states and industry are doing to address emissions from existing sources elsewhere. Read More

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MCA Launches Redesign of Motion Control Online website.

January 19, 2015

Originally launched in 2006, Motion Control Online has grown to become leading global website visited for motion control and related automation technology information. Redesigned to facilitate navigation and access to content, site features optimized search capabilities; MCA member company profile page; tools for 24/7 access to content uploads, website traffic, and statistics; as well as Career Center portal to post/view job opportunities in the motion control industry. Read More

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Conference Education Programming focuses on industry trends.

January 19, 2015

Scheduled for March 17–19, 2015, co-located AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo and World of Asphalt Show & Conference will feature in-depth education programming that will provide industry professionals with practical, real-world knowledge they can use in their business operations and on the jobsite. Industry-focused education complements shows’ exhibits of newest equipment, products, and technologies for aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety sectors. Read More

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Proposed Standards to highlight uses of activated carbon.

January 19, 2015

Proposed standard, WK47401, Test Method for Xylenol Orange Dye Test, describes relative adsorption rate of unused or reactivated carbons by adsorption of xylenol orange from aqueous solution. Standard will cover activated carbons that are used for treatment of drinking water as well as those used to produce consumer products or treat wastewater. Proposed standard WK47421 will describe how laser light scattering technique can determine particle size distribution of fine mesh activated carbon. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers biodegradable hydraulic fluid.

January 19, 2015

Proposed ASTM standard WK31234, Specification for Biodegradable, Low Aquatic Toxicity Hydraulic Fluids, intends to make it easier to ensure that proper hydraulic fluids are being used at environmentally sensitive job sites. Biodegradable fluids have been found to perform differently than traditional mineral oils, creating a need for separate performance classifications. Fluids to be covered by ASTM WK31234 are used in industrial/mobile hydraulic applications. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses search and rescue dog crew skills.

January 16, 2015

ASTM F3070, Guide for Evaluating Area Search Dog Crews or Teams, will define knowledge, skills, and abilities required for dog crew or team to perform area search. Search and rescue dog teams are currently tested to different levels yet similar terminology is used to describe abilities of dogs. Using F3070 will help in developing testing paradigms that better identify core competencies and unify various search and rescue organizations under terminology that is based on single national standard. Read More

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Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet Standard adds thickness tolerances.

January 16, 2015

Revisions to ASTM International standard A924/A924M, Specification for General Requirements for Steel Sheet, Metallic-Coated by the Hot-Dip Process, will increase its flexibility. Along with primary changes of addition of heavy thickness tolerances to Table 2 and Table S1.1, changes include increase in thickness covered by Table 13 to 0.250 in. Such changes ensure standard covers heavier gauge zinc coated products that might provide alternatives to batch hot-dip coating of finished parts. Read More

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EPA Proposal strengthens oil spill preparedness and response.

January 15, 2015

To address issues raised by various parties during 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, U.S. EPA proposes amending requirements under National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). Proposed Subpart J revisions deal with product toxicity and efficacy test methodologies, toxicity and efficacy criteria, human health and safety information requirements, area planning requirements for chemical and biological agent use authorization, and dispersant monitoring requirements. Read More

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NTSB's Most Wanted List highlights rail tank car safety.

January 15, 2015

NTSB's Most Wanted List for 2015 addresses need for rail tank cars that carry crude oil, ethanol, and other hazardous material across the country to do it more safely. Also new to list of top 10 areas that need safety improvements are: requiring that transportation operators be medically fit for duty; strengthening commercial trucking safety; and requiring pilots to strengthen procedural compliance. Distraction and impairment are still key issues, and both are on the list again this year. Read More

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ATA and Healthy Trucker expand Healthy Fleet Challenge.

January 15, 2015

American Trucking Associations announced it is expanding its relationship with Healthy Trucker and expanding the Healthy Fleet Challenge to all its member companies. Starting now, ATA's companies can not only compete with each other, but on behalf of the United States against fleets in Canada, making the challenge a truly international effort to energize the industry to get and stay healthy. Read More

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Butanol Purity Testing Standard approved by ASTM committee.

January 15, 2015

ASTM D7875, Test Method for Determination of Butanol and Acetone Content of Butanol for Blending with Gasoline by Gas Chromatography, will be used in isobutanol manufacturing to test its purity for use in chemical and fuel markets. Developed by Subcommittee D02.04.0L on Gas Chromatography Methods and based on annex in ASTM D7862, this standard will be primarily used by isobutanol manufacturers and laboratories that work with fuels. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard links textiles, antimicrobial agents.

January 15, 2015

Proposed standard WK31901, Guide for Standard Test Methods and Practices for Evaluating Antibacterial Activity on Textiles, will aggregate information concerning textiles types treated with antimicrobial agents and ways each can be tested for performance response to antimicrobial activity. According to ASTM's Robert Monticello, guide will offer flexibility to develop specific test standard based on exact antimicrobial agent used and exact performance expectations of treated article. Read More

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AAMA Opens Registration for annual conference in Florida.

January 14, 2015

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) opened registration for AAMA 78th Annual Conference, which will take place February 15–18 in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Kenn Kington, professional comedian and motivational speaker, will serve both as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies for annual awards banquet, "Reflections from the Islands," on February 16. Optional Sunday events before conference include deep sea fishing trip, golf, and Everglades AirBoat ride and gator show. Read More

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BIO Welcomes Oregon's Vote to implement Clean Fuels Program.

January 14, 2015

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission vote to implement Oregon's Clean Fuels Program was deemed positive step for advanced biofuel producers and technology developers. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, this implementation "will provide a strong signal to the advanced biofuel industry that investments in producing cleaner fuels can pay off." Erickson applauded Oregon's work towards reducing carbon emissions within transportation sector and replacing foreign oil with biofuels. Read More

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New National Center will support transportation safety.

January 14, 2015

During annual meeting of Transportation Research Board, National Operations Center of Excellence was unveiled. NOCoE technical services center and website utilizes real-time proactive management techniques to improve safety and system reliability, combat congestion, and better serve traveling public. NOCoE will offer array of peer exchanges, webinars, assessments, on-call assistance, and training on topics such as integrated corridor management, active traffic management, and incident response. Read More

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ELFA Announcement details 10 equipment acquisition trends of 2015.

January 14, 2015

To assist businesses in planning acquisition strategies, ELFA revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2015 based on, according to ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, recent research data distilled from 2015 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook Report, industry participants’ expertise, and member input from ELFA meetings and conferences. Businesses are expected to find opportunities presented by steadily improving economy and favorable credit conditions. Read More

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ASTM offers free member and officer training.

January 14, 2015

ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. ASTM's upcoming course, New Member Orientation and Training, will be held on January 14 and February 12. On-demand tutorials on Electronic Balloting and Strategic Planning and New Activity Development are also available. Read More

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Torque Retention Standard addresses medicine cap tightness.

January 14, 2015

Understanding degree of torque needed for cap tightness is subject of ASTM Standard D7860, Test Methods for Measurement of Torque Retention for Child Resistant and Non-Child Resistant Packages with Continuous Thread Closures Using Automated Torque Testing Equipment. Results of tests can be used for package development and engineering evaluation. Standard will act as quality assurance aid, ensuring that caps are tightened to proper torque level. Read More

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BIO Conference to feature two U.S. representatives.

January 13, 2015

BIO announces discussion, Producing "21st Century Cures"—2015 U.S. Legislative Outlook, with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R - MI), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D - CO), Chief Deputy Whip, to take place on February 9, at the 17th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference. Conference program will also feature one-on-one conversations with leading biopharmaceutical executives and analysts, followed by interactive question and answer session. Read More

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ASTM President's Leadership Award Nominations are due February 1.

January 13, 2015

Nominations are being accepted for ASTM President's Leadership Award, which acknowledges inspiration and positive contributions of individuals who have significantly advanced ASTM's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision early on in their ASTM careers. In addition to descriptions of accomplishments, leadership, and commitment, nominations should include examples of achievements. Read More