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Shanghai, China to host ASTM Declarable Substances meeting.

January 8, 2014

ASTM Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials will hold its next business meetings in People’s Republic of China from March 10–13, 2014. Along with 20–25 international technical committee experts representing global manufacturers of products that incorporate identified hazardous materials restricted by legislation, participants will include representatives from 15 nations taking part in Committee F40, with Chinese membership leading the number of international participants. Read More

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Thomas Schwartz elected chairman of 2014 ASTM Board of Directors.

January 7, 2014

Thomas A. Schwartz, P.E., senior principal and president at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., has been named chairman of 2014 ASTM International board of directors. ASTM International member since 1982, Schwartz currently serves on Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings as well as C14 on Glass and Glass Products and E58 on Forensic Engineering. His work outside ASTM includes positions as construction industry arbitrator for American Arbitration Association and technical editor for Glass Digest. Read More

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NREL Finds Cellulose Digestion Mechanism by fast-eating enzyme.

January 7, 2014

NREL researchers discovered enzyme from microorganism can digest cellulose at almost twice rate of currently available component cellulase enzyme. Paper reporting this finding, "Revealing Nature's Cellulase Diversity: The Digestion Mechanism of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii CelA," appears in Science. Enzyme could help drive down price of making lignocellulosic fuels, from ethanol to other biofuels, that can be dropped into existing infrastructure. Read More

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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