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ASTM International names Robert J. Ebelhar vice chairman.

January 7, 2014

Ronald J. Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, a senior principal at Terracon in Cincinnati, OH, has been elected to serve 1-year term as vice chairman of the board of directors. Ebelhar, who joined ASTM International in 1980, is chairman of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, as well as ASTM fellow and 2003 Award of Merit recipient. In addition to his ASTM work, Ebelhar is a fellow and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, in the Academy of Geo-Professionals. Read More

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EPA proposes updates to standards for woodstoves and heaters.

January 7, 2014

EPA is proposing standards for amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and heaters, beginning in 2015. Proposal would make next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80% cleaner than those manufactured today, leading to important air quality and public health improvements in communities across the country. Proposal would affect wood heaters manufactured beginning in 2015 and will not affect units already in use or currently for sale today. Read More

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CEA announces iBeacon scavenger hunt at International CES.

January 7, 2014

During 2014 International CES®, attendees who download CES Mobile App on iOS or Android devices will be encouraged to explore all areas of show through promotional iBeacon-based scavenger hunt and collect badges for each iBeacon they encounter. First three verified players who collect all available badges will be rewarded with special prize from CES. iBeacons are short range, Bluetooth transmitters that can notify mobile devices when they come within 100 ft of beacon. Read More

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ASTM International Standards aid in radon mitigation.

January 6, 2014

Technical standards contributing to technology behind radon mitigation include two approved by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. Said standards are ASTM E1465, Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings, (originally approved in 1992) and ASTM E2121, Practice for Installing Radon Mitigation Systems in Existing Low-Rise Residential Buildings, (first approved in 2001). Read More

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EPA Rule incorporates ASTM site assessment standard.

January 6, 2014

EPA published final rule that incorporates latest version of ASTM E1527-13, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, in the performance of all appropriate inquiries when conducting environmental site assessments. E1527 describes Phase I ESA process, which is used to identify potential for releases of hazardous substances or petroleum products that could lead to liability to new property owners if not identified, evaluated, addressed, and managed. Read More

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AIA Commends Announcement of UAS test sites.

January 3, 2014

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) welcomed FAA's selection of six Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test sites required by FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. According to AIA, this announcement will facilitate research, development, and collection of performance data necessary for eventual UAS integration into National Airspace System. AIA also claimed this announcement is one more step towards realizing full potential benefits of UAS. Read More

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2014 International CES will showcase global startup community.

January 3, 2014

Exhibitor areas and events at 2014 International CES®, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, NV from January 7–10, will spotlight future of technology via startups and entrepreneurs. Indiegogo Zone will feature global hardware campaigners showcasing products and sharing experiences about raising funds on Indiegogo, while UP Global LIVE Stage will feature panels with entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and media. ShowStoppers Launch.it power session will also take place. Read More

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New Test Facility to improve wind turbines.

January 3, 2014

NREL has added a 5 MW Dynamometer Test Facility at its National Wind Technology Center, dramatically expanding capability of engineers and their industry partners to verify performance and reliability of wind turbine drivetrain prototypes and commercial machines. Facility is capable of testing drivetrains up to 5 MW and employs dynamically variable loading capabilities that will allow researchers to better simulate conditions turbine might experience in the field. Read More