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NEMA welcomes House approval of helium bill.

May 8, 2013

NEMA welcomed passage of HR 527, Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, by vote of 394–1 in House of Representatives. Legislation will reauthorize and improve operations of Federal Helium Reserve in Texas. Under current law, Reserve, holding approximately 30% of global helium supply, would cease operations as early as fall; U.S. users of helium acquire much of it from refining companies associated with Reserve. Senate hearing on bill is scheduled for May 7. Read More

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ASTM Standard will aid evaluation of architectural coatings.

May 8, 2013

Proposed standard, ASTM WK32654, Practice for Selecting Wood Substrates for Weathering Evaluations of Architectural Coatings, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings. Once approved, this standard will offer guidelines to chemists who are formulating new paint or other finishes for use with wood in architectural applications. End users will also find this proposed standard helpful for comparing performance of various architectural finishes. Read More

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U.S. EPA Community Grants help cleanup of Brownfields sites.

May 8, 2013

U.S. EPA will award approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities across country for cleanup and reuse of Brownfields properties. As part of Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program, EPA will award up to $200,000 per recipient for engaging community and planning activities for these sites. Since inception in 2010, program has leveraged over $19 billion in cleanup and redevelopment. Investment of federal funding has led to gain of over 87,000 jobs from public and private sources. Read More

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NREL Paper covers solar power and thermal energy storage.

May 8, 2013

Detailed in Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario, NREL research calibrates value of adding concentrating solar power (CSP) plants to electric grid. Properties of dispatchable CSP, such as generating power in response to high or low demand, are demonstrated. Report also shows operational value from CSP-based reserve power. Overall, study helps utilities develop approaches to incorporate CSP in standard planning tools. Read More

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Robotics Companies post strongest opening quarter.

May 8, 2013

According to statistics released from RIA, North American robotics companies shattered previous opening quarter records for robots ordered and shipped in first quarter of 2013. Total of 5,833 robots valued at $341.2 million were ordered from North American robotics companies through March, an increase of 14.5% in units over same period in 2012. First quarter shipments totaled 5,736 robots valued at $369.5, breaking previous records for opening quarter by 24.6% in units and 23.3% in dollars. Read More

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BIO Writes House, Senate on Farm Bill Energy Title Programs.

May 7, 2013

BIO wrote leaders of House and Senate Agricultural Committees to urge reauthorization and mandatory funding of Farm Bill Energy Title programs and eligibility for renewable chemicals. Praising previous bipartisan support, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said supporting these programs "will drive the development of a 21st Century bio-based economy, create high-quality rural jobs, spur economic growth, revive America’s manufacturing sector, and improve environmental health." Read More

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RIA recognizes Phoenix Award winners.

May 7, 2013

At the recent Leadership Summit & Industry Expo in Las Vegas, Kelmann Restoration received the Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration, while Platinum Restoration received the Phoenix Award for Innovation in Reconstruction. Kelmann was recognized for its innovative work following the restoration of the St. Alphonsus Parish and School after a fire. Platinum Restoration was chosen for their restoration of an historical home built in 1898. Read More

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LIA launches medical laser safety awareness training.

May 7, 2013

Available online, LIA's Medical Laser Safety Awareness course is a 2-hour learning experience that will give healthcare personnel a complete overview of the safe use of these devices. With LIA's interface, Medical Laser Safety Officers can also train their employees without having to send them away to specialized course or bring in an expensive expert. Course is based on ANSI Z136.3 standard Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care, which is recognized by OSHA and The Joint Commission. Read More

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Nominations Sought for 2014 ANSI Board of Directors.

May 7, 2013

ANSI invites all members to recommend qualified candidates for 2014 ANSI Board of Directors. Nominations are due by June 3, 2013 and are for terms that begin January 1, 2014. Board is responsible for management and control of activities, property, and affairs of ANSI, including its strategic direction, annual budget, as well as scope of responsibilities of Board and Institute Committees, Councils, and Boards. Nominations require biographical statement and letter of corporate support. Read More

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TRIB Managing Director will present at conference in China.

May 7, 2013

David Stevens of Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) will be present "An Overview of the Global Retreading Industry and the Use of Advanced Technology to Improve Retread Quality" as featured speaker at 4th Annual China International Rubber Tire and Auto Accessory Exhibition. To be held from May 15–17, 2013, this event will take place in Guangrao, China, which according to Stevens, holds growing importance as Chinese tire industry continues to grow. Read More

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RIA's Martin L. King Award is presented to Larry Holder, CR.

May 6, 2013

At recent Leadership Summit and Industry Expo in Las Vegas, NV, RIA presented Martin L. King Award to Larry Holder, CR, of BELFOR USA. Holder is BELFOR's national safety director and heads Environmental Services division. In restoration industry for over 20 yr, he served on task force that created RIA Glossary of Standardized Terms, and on RIA Restoration Council. Holder currently serves on association's task force creating first restoration industry accounting guideline. Read More

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RIA announces 2013 Golden Quill award winner.

May 6, 2013

During its recent Leadership Summit and Industry Expo, RIA honored Tracy Bachtell of Paul Davis Restoration with its 2013 Golden Quill award. Eligible articles are reviewed by panel of judges who select winning article based on degree of usefulness of information to readers; composition and clarity of article; and style or personality conveyed by author. Only articles written by RIA members and submitted to C&R magazine during previous year are eligible for award consideration. Read More

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BIO shares US Trade Representative's international patent concerns.

May 6, 2013

Following Office of U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) release of Special 301 Report, BIO shared concern over weak IP enforcement efforts of foreign nations. Report details failings of India, China, Brazil, and Canada, among others, to provide adequate IP protection for biotechnology companies, or their adding of bureaucratic hurdles to patentability. Organization encouraged USTR, in recent Special 301 Submission, to perform out-of-cycle reviews of these countries' patent systems.  Read More

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NIST transfers time signals over wireless optical channel.

May 6, 2013

By bouncing eye-safe laser pulses off mirror on hillside, researchers at NIST have transferred ultra precise time signals through open air with precision equivalent to "ticking" of world's best next-generation atomic clocks. Described in Nature Photonics, demonstration shows how next-generation atomic clocks at different locations could be linked wirelessly to improve geodesy, distribution of time and frequency information, satellite navigation, radar arrays, and other applications. Read More

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NIST Measurement Tool aids growing MEMS industry.

May 6, 2013

Introduced by NIST, measurement tool will help device designers, manufacturers, and customers see 8 common dimensional and material property measurements key to device performance. Test chips, Reference Materials 8096 and 8097, are QA tools that enable comparisons of measurements on MEMS devices made with different equipment and by different labs/companies. Capabilities will facilitate characterization and troubleshooting, instrument calibration, and communication. Read More

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AWEA Board of Directors names Tom Kiernan as new CEO.

May 6, 2013

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Board of Directors, via unanimous vote, announced that Tom Kiernan has been named as Chief Executive Officer. Kiernan has served as President of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) since 1998 and will assume his new role on May 28. In comment, AWEA Board of Directors Chair Tom Carnahan praised Kiernan's "bipartisan, practical experience at the national and state levels as well as in small, rural communities." Read More

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ASABE revises standard for peanut drying systems.

May 6, 2013

ASABE's revised standard, ASAE S488.1, Energy Efficiency of Peanut Drying Systems, includes updated reference information as noted in most recent periodic review of the document. This is the first revision of the standard since its initial publication in 1990. Members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access full-text via electronic download on ASABE online Technical Library. Read More

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Wisconsin Utilities will reduce emissions to comply with CAA.

May 6, 2013

U.S. EPA, Department of Justice, and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin announced Clean Air Act settlement with Wisconsin Power and Light Company that will reduce air pollution from 3 coal-fired power plants located near Portage, Sheboygan, and Cassville. WPL and its co-defendants agreed to invest more than $1 billion in pollution control, spend $8.5 million on environmental mitigation projects, and pay civil penalty of $2.45 million to resolve alleged violations of CAA. Read More

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ASTM releases compilation of surface preparation standards.

May 6, 2013

A new compilation, ASTM Standards for Surface Preparation, is now available on CD-ROM from ASTM International. Publication provides the latest research, standards, and testing protocols for the surface preparation community. It includes information on surface preparation for flooring and coating of walls, including several types of surfaces, both commercial and industrial. Read More

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Standards in Building Codes now available in DVD and online.

May 6, 2013

ASTM Standards in Building Codes contains more than 1,300 ASTM construction specifications, practices, and test methods compiled from the Annual Book of ASTM Standards. These standards satisfy international code requirements established by ICC. ASTM Building Codes enable user to meet international code requirements; stay informed and remain competitive; specify right material for the job; understand significance and use of standards; and speak common language that entire industry recognizes. Read More