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ASTM Textiles Committee will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

December 17, 2013

ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles will celebrate its 100th anniversary with reception and dinner on January 27, 2014 in Houston, TX, where D13 will be meeting from January 27–29 during ASTM January Committee Week. Events scheduled for this anniversary event include entertainment, awards ceremony, cocktail reception, and dinner. Established in 1914, ASTM Committee D13 develops standards related to characteristics, properties, nomenclature, and uses of textiles. Read More

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BIO says EPA's proposal will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

December 17, 2013

EPA's 2014 proposed rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which would for the first time cut biofuel use, will require using more petroleum and increase emissions of greenhouse gases. BIO utilized GREET1.2013 model to estimate changes in petroleum demand and associated CO2 equivalent emissions from both 2013 and statutory RFS levels for 2014. According to estimates, EPA proposal will result in an increase of more than 23 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Read More

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Applications open for Presidential Innovation Award.

December 17, 2013

EPA, in partnership with White House Council on Environmental Quality, is accepting applications for third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and their local education agencies for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and demonstrating connection between health and the environment to students. Successful applicants demonstrate creativity, innovation, community engagement, and leadership. Read More

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ASTM Standard tests PVC flooring for plasticizer migration.

December 16, 2013

ASTM International standard will provide qualitative means to determine potential effect of plasticizers contained within PVC floor covering materials on specific adhesive. ASTM D7888, Practice for Evaluating Adhesive and the Effects of Plasticizer Found Within Polyvinylchloride-Backed Floor Coverings, was developed by Subcommittee D14.10 on Working Properties, part of ASTM International Committee D14 on Adhesives. Standard focuses specifically on issues related to plasticizer migration. Read More

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EPA Updates Sustainability Plan with future projects.

December 16, 2013

EPA's 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, as part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and lead in clean energy, outlines actions planned over next year to reduce energy use and waste in agency operations. Building on 4 years of progress under Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, plan also offers overview of how EPA is saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, and saving energy. Read More

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ASABE Revises Standard for irrigation electrical equipment.

December 16, 2013

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised its standard for electrified irrigation systems: ANSI/ASAE S397.4, Electrical Service and Equipment for Irrigation. This document incorporates updates to normative references, citations for which have changed since standard was last revised, in 2007. ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access full-text of standard by electronic download. Read More

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Usability Enhancements Announced to FOUNDATION specifications.

December 13, 2013

Open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technical specifications have been updated to include features for enhancing usability of FOUNDATION technology. Specifically, features include additional advanced support for fieldbus device replacement and backwards compatibility, Device Description (DD) templates, field diagnostics, and alarm/alert integration. Ability to utilize said features is included in Host Profile C, which will be available for registration in 2014. Read More

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BIO Makes Statement regarding Innovation Act (H.R. 3309).

December 12, 2013

BIO made it know that provisions within H.R. 3309 "would erect unreasonable barriers to access justice for innovators" and cited in particular "small start-ups that must be able to defend their businesses against patent infringement in a timely and cost-effective manner, and without needless and numerous procedural hurdles or other obstacles.” Bio also called provisions "overly broad" and pointed out they would result in "unintended and unknowable consequences" for innovators. Read More