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EPA seeks Environmental Education Grant applications.

December 19, 2013

EPA is accepting applications for environmental education projects under agency's Environmental Education Grant Program. This program works to engage communities through variety of educational projects that have a lasting impact on people's health by facilitating environmental stewardship. Projects have engaged students in stream monitoring, created sustainable mentoring communities, and provided professional development to teachers on STEM subjects. Read More

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ASTM approves airborne nanoparticle measurement standard.

December 19, 2013

During manufacture of some products, there is potential for nanomaterials to become airborne, resulting in inhalation exposure to workers and consumers. ASTM E2864, Test Method for Measurement of Airborne Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Surface Area Concentration in Inhalation Exposure Chambers Using Krypton Gas Adsorption, provides clear steps to collect airborne nanomaterials and analyze them to determine their surface area, promoting safe development and use of nanomaterials. Read More

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Fuel Economy of New Vehicles sets record high.

December 19, 2013

According to EPA's annual report that tracks average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the U.S., model year 2012 vehicles achieved all-time high fuel economy of 23.6 mpg, representing 1.2 mpg increase over previous year. Fuel economy has now increased in 7 of last 8 years. While EPA does not yet have final data for 2013, preliminary projections are that fuel economy will rise by 0.4 mpg, and carbon dioxide emissions will decrease by 6 grams/mile. Read More

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ASTM Sensory Evaluation Committee invites active participation.

December 18, 2013

Participation in encouraged for all parties interested in standards developing activities of Subcommittee E18.05 on Sensory Applications--General, which is responsible for sensory evaluation standard ASTM E1958, Guide for Sensory Claim Substantiation. Topics currently under discussion for future revisions include moving from regional to representative sampling as well as inclusion of new section on documentation in case of legal challenge. ASTM E1958 workshop is planned for fall 2014. Read More

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BIO Expresses Gratitude for hearing on RFS.

December 18, 2013

BIO thanked Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for holding hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and EPA's proposed rule for 2014. BIO's Brent Erickson called attention to advanced biofuel companies' "billions of dollars" of investments in building industry from ground up and noted how EPA's proposed rule will strand those investments, inhibit further investment/development, and threaten existing and future jobs as well as efforts to commercialize other biotech R&D. Read More

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BIO Lauds Navy, USDA Leadership on advanced biofuel procurement.

December 18, 2013

BIO thanked Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for announcing advanced biofuel procurement opportunities through Farm to Fleet program. BIO's Brent Erickson postulated that "The Navy’s leadership in procuring advanced biofuels will encourage rapid scale up of new technologies and construction of capacity." He went on to say that "The USDA can help to build the necessary supply chains of sustainable, renewable biomass supplies." Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses vacuum cleaner air performance. .

December 18, 2013

ASTM WK14392, Test Method for Evaluating the Sustained Air Performance and Exhaust Emissions of Central Vacuum Cleaning Units, is being developed by Subcommittee F11.22 on Air Performance, part of Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners. Standard will test how vacuum performance will be affected after multiple vacuuming events over extended period of time. It will help identify areas in which manufacturers may be able to improve designs and provide sensible advertising claims based on industry test. Read More

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MESA International announces 2014 North American Conference.

December 18, 2013

MESA International is once again the Title Sponsor of IndustryWeek's Best Plants conference, set for May 5–7, 2014. As such, MESA will play vital role in event, moderating the Manufacturing Technology Strategies track, exhibiting in the Solutions Hall, and introducing keynote speakers. MESA will also hold its own NA Conference in conjunction with the IW event, offering MESA Global Education Program course, 4 unConference sessions, networking opportunities, and multiple speakers. Read More