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AWMA to hold vapor intrusion conference.

September 20, 2012

Scheduled for October 3-4, 2012, Vapor Intrusion Conference will bring together internationally recognized scientists, engineers, regulators, communications experts, and attorneys with first-hand experience in the evaluation and remediation of vapor intrusion. It will cover latest information in regulatory policy, sampling, analysis, and vapor intrusion pathway control as well as complete technical, legal, and public relations challenges posed by vapor intrusion. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation updates HSE Interoperability Test Kit.

September 20, 2012

Fieldbus Foundation announced updates to its High Speed Ethernet Interoperability Test Kit, including addition of transducer block test profiles for both wired and WirelessHART® devices. Transducer blocks are a key element of FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management technology. Updated to Version 6.1, kit will verify functionality of device and its conformity to FOUNDATION fieldbus function block specifications, before it is submitted for official registration and testing. Read More

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One Month Remains until World Standards Day celebration.

September 20, 2012

To be held October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC, U.S. celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) will feature Standards Increase Efficiency theme and celebrate role standards play in creating safer, sustainable, more productive world. Event will begin with reception and exhibition and is to also include presentation of 2012 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Event is co-chaired by ANSI and NIST; International Code Council (ICC) serves as administrating organization. Read More

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ANSI to offer training and accreditation workshops.

September 20, 2012

Between October and December, ANSI is offering a number of classes and workshops on key standards and conformance topics such as the American National Standard process, international standardization procedures, and accreditation for workforce credentials. Open to both ANSI members and non-members, 7 upcoming classes include four 2-day workshops, 2 free webinars, and an ANSI education course. Read More

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IPC Seminars foster conflict minerals regulatory compliance.

September 19, 2012

To be offered in 2012 on October 24 in Boston, MA; November 1 in San Francisco Bay Area, CA; and November 14 in Chicago, IL, single-day Conflict Minerals Critical Issues seminars will help electronics manufacturing industry comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) final conflict minerals regulation. Each seminar will provide attendees with necessary information on regulatory requirements, customer requirements, and developing industry practices. Read More

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Trade Regulations Article looks at international effects.

September 19, 2012

Appearing in Welding and Gases Today Online, "U.S. Considers Trade Rules For Cylinders, Tanks, Trucks" by GAWDA's Government Affairs and Human Resources Legal Consultant Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq. outlines 2 new initiatives intended to facilitate international trade regarding process of crossing borders with regulated products. Initiatives include Joint Action Plan of United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council and tentative agreement with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation registers first isolated device couplers.

September 19, 2012

Fieldbus Foundation announced registration of the first isolated device couplers based on FOUNDATION H1 (31.25 kbit/s) device coupler test specification. Devices from MTL and R. Stahl successfully completed registration process. As part of FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure, isolated device couplers are installed where fieldbus trunk is connected to device spurs. Units provide isolated, conditioned power to fieldbus devices and protect against short circuits caused by excess current in spur. Read More

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CNCA, ANSI Celebrate Launch of conformity assessment information.

September 19, 2012

Delegation from Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA), led by CNCA chief engineer Liu Weijun, visited Washington, DC on June 13 for meetings with U.S. government and private sector organizations. During this visit, ANSI and CNCA celebrated launch of additional conformity assessment information on StandardsPortal. New information will provide additional resources to stakeholders in both countries about certification and accreditation programs used in China. Read More

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NIST Fire Prevention Roadmap focuses on 3 main fronts.

September 19, 2012

Reducing the Risk of Fire in Buildings and Communities: A Strategic Roadmap to Guide and Prioritize Research provides plan to reduce preventable fires as well as associated costs and loss of life by 1/3 in USA over next 20 years. Under this roadmap, efforts to combat fire problem would focus attention and resources on reduction of fire hazards in buildings; advancement of technologies for fighting fires; and fire risk reduction in communities near forests and regions known as wildlands. Read More

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PMI Returns to Washington, D.C., for Fall Conference.

September 18, 2012

Taking place in Washington, D.C., from October 7–10, 2012, PMI Fall Conference will feature keynote addresses by Saatchi and Saatchi CEO Annie Longsworth and NAM VP Erin Streeter about importance of positive image and how to maintain and protect that image. Also, panel will feature individuals from diverse backgrounds exploring source of misperceptions concerning plumbing, impacts of those misperceptions, and what can be done to counteract existing perceptions. Read More

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Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined, Penalized for FIFRA violations.

September 18, 2012

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company was sentenced in federal district court in Columbus, OH to pay $4 million fine and perform community service for 11 criminal violations of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). In separate civil agreement with U.S. EPA, Scotts agreed to pay more than $6 million in penalties and spend $2 million on environmental projects intended to resolve additional civil pesticide violations. Read More

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USA, Canada Sign amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

September 18, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Canada’s Minister of the Environment Peter Kent signed amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in Washington, D.C. Revised agreement will facilitate action on threats to Great Lakes water quality and includes strengthened measures to anticipate as well as prevent ecological harm. New provisions address aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and effects of climate change as well as threats to people’s health in Great Lakes Basin. Read More

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NTSB Issues 2 Urgent Safety Recommendations to FAA.

September 18, 2012

NTSB recommended FAA issue airworthiness directive to require, before further flight, immediate ultrasonic inspection of fan midshaft in all GEnx-1B and -2B engines that have not undergone inspection. NTSB recommended FAA require repetitive inspections of fan midshaft at sufficiently short interval that would permit multiple inspections and detection of crack before it could reach critical length and fan midshaft fractures. Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses verification testing of lamps.

September 17, 2012

NEMA has published NEMA LSD 63 Measurement Methods and Performance Variation for Verification Testing of General Purpose Lamps and Systems. Standard establishes variations that can be expected when independent verification testing, generally based on small samples of lamps or ballasts, is performed to estimate product performance characteristics and for comparison to manufacturer’s ratings. Read More

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Benjamin Petersen receives Russell S. Springer Award.

September 17, 2012

Benjamin Petersen, postdoctoral appointee at Sandia National Laboratories, was honored with Russell S. Springer Award during SAE 2012 World Congress. Award recognizes author of outstanding technical paper presented at an SAE International meeting or any of its sections and is published in SAE International literature in the year for which the recipient is selected. Petersen is the author or co-author of 17 papers, including 12 SAE International technical papers and 4 journal articles. Read More

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BIO Summit to address algae's role in replacing fossil fuels.

September 14, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 9-12, BIO 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature 2 breakout sessions focusing on commercial applications for algae and advances in algal biomass production and processing. Algae-produced oils hold potential for replacing fossil fuel resources in many products. Algae derived starches, oils, and proteins can be used in food, animal feed, or nutrition supplements, and fatty acids from algae can be used in diesel biofuels as well. Read More

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IPC offers summary of final SEC Conflict Minerals Regulation.

September 14, 2012

To help electronics manufacturers and suppliers make sense of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s 356-page final conflict minerals regulation, IPC has developed "Summary of the Final SEC Rules on Conflict Minerals." Seven-page document provides simplified explanation of the compliance process, as well as information on "phase-in" period implementation, audit standards and objectives, definitions of terms, conflict minerals report content, and disclosure requirements. Read More

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Ray LaHood announces $9.6 million grant for Orlando Airport.

September 14, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $9.6 million grant to rehabilitate runway and taxiway and to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle for Orlando International Airport. Runway 18R/36L rehabilitation project will extend useful life of pavement and provide for realignment and rehabilitation of Taxiway A, which is needed to meet FAA design standards. Aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle will replace current vehicle, which is too expensive to maintain. Read More

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Ray LaHood announces grant for Portland-Hillsboro Airport.

September 14, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $6.9 million federal grant for runway and taxiway improvements at Portland-Hillsboro Airport. This grant from FAA Airport Improvement Program will fund replacement of 20 year old pavement on Runway 2/20, and will also include moving a runway threshold to provide pilots with better views of intersecting runway. Taxiway C that runs parallel to runway will also be reconstructed and moved further from runway to enhance safety. Read More

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AMT and Deutsche Messe AG renew strategic partnership.

September 14, 2012

AMT announced extension of a strategic partnership with Deutsche Messe AG, which successfully delivered the first Industrial Automation North America event debuting at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Industrial Automation North America is Deutsche Messe’s first manufacturing event in the North American market and stems from a strategic alliance with AMT, the organizer of IMTS.
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