Scheduled for May 12–15, BIO's 11th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will feature sessions on the use of industrial biotechnology in personal care and common household products. Some breakout sessions will include: Novel and Sustainable Fermentation Pathways to Natural Products; The Bridge to Renewable Realities...Alliances, Experiences and Learning’s from Industry Architects; and Specialty Performance Materials from Renewable Sustainable Sources. Read More
Enforcement actions, which led to more than $274,000 in civil penalties, will require 35 home renovation contractors and training providers to take additional steps to minimize harmful lead dust from home renovation activities as required by EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Standards. Issued between May 2013 and Jan 2014, settlements cover failure to obtain certification, failure to follow lead-safe work practices, and failure to ensure subcontractors follow RRP standards. Read More
Team of Belgian researchers reports progress in developing first optical circuit that uses interconnections that are not only bendable, but also stretchable. Made of rubbery transparent material called PDMS, interconnections guide light along their path even when stretched up to 30% and when bent around an object the diameter of a human finger. Team describes its work in a paper published in The Optical Society’s open-access journal Optics Express. Read More
Released by U.S. EPA, annual enforcement and compliance results demonstrate focus on, according to EPA's Cynthia Giles, "the biggest violators and the cases that make the most difference in protecting American communities from pollution." Giles cites such cases as the Deepwater Horizon disaster as well as Walmart's illegal handling of pesticides and hazardous waste. She also mentions nationwide reforms, reduced deadly air toxics, cleaned up toxic pollution, and generated funds.
Proposed standard ASTM WK43549, Practice for Installation, Commissioning, Operations and Maintenance Process, is being developed by Subcommittee E44.09 on Photovoltaic Electric Power Conversion. Detailing minimum requirements to ensure safe and reliable power generation for expected life of photovoltaic (PV) power plant, standard will provide guidance for potential stakeholders involved in financing, construction, and maintenance of solar PV electric power plants. Read More
In meeting of NEJAC, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reaffirmed commitment to environmental justice. Meeting coincided with Presidential Proclamation by President Obama commemorating 20th anniversary of signing of Executive Order 12898. McCarthy recognized accomplishments over past 20 years and said agency, "will keep striving to improve the quality of life for all Americans by addressing the persistent environmental and health burdens faced by our most vulnerable populations." Read More
"Estimating the Performance and Economic Value of Multiple Concentrating Solar Power Technologies in a Production Cost Model" finds that value of delivered energy of dry-cooled tower and parabolic trough CSP (concentrating solar power) plants, integrated with thermal energy storage, are similar. Report provides quantitative results in Colorado test system comparing 2 CSP technologies with thermal energy storage and evaluates how operational/capacity value varies with plant configuration. Read More
During IPC APEX EXPO®, electronics manufacturing experts will teach 29 professional development courses as part of comprehensive educational program. Each course focuses on a critical issue within 9 specialized areas, including: assembly processes for lead-free/tin-lead soldering; cleaning, coating, and contamination; design; emerging technologies; environmental issues/compliance; PCB fabrication and materials; printed electronics; quality, reliability, and test; and supply chain/business issues. Read More