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EPA seeks input for potential NMP rule.

April 7, 2015

EPA is seeking nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to federal panel that will explore risk reduction in use of N-Methylpyrrolidone and methylene chloride for paint or coating removal. Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to establish Small Business Advocacy Review Panel for rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Read More

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NEMA's Business Conditions Index sees little change.

April 6, 2015

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index for North America was largely steady for third straight month in March as index inched up to 58.3 from 57.9 in February and 57.5 in January. Survey’s measure of mean degree of change in current North American conditions firmed in March, climbing to +0.3 from +0.2 a month ago. EBCI for future North American conditions slipped modestly in March. Index retreated to 75 from 78.9 a month ago, but remained firmly above January’s reading of 67.5. Read More

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Washington D.C. leads nation on Energy Star Top Cities list.

April 6, 2015

EPA released its annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. This year, Washington, D.C., debuts in top spot with 480 buildings, followed by Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York with 475, 328, and 299 buildings, respectively. EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities list shows how cities across America are embracing energy efficiency as an effective way to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change. Read More

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EPA proposes reporting requirements on nanoscale materials.

April 6, 2015

For first time, EPA is proposing to use Toxic Substances Control Act to collect existing exposure and health and safety information on chemicals currently in marketplace when manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials. Proposal will require one-time reporting and recordkeeping of specific chemical identity; production volume; methods of manufacture; processing, use, exposure, and release information; and available health and safety data. Read More

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America's Road Team brings safety message to trucking show.

April 6, 2015

Members of ATA's America's Road Team brought message of highway safety to Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. The 19 captains of the new team have 453 combined years of experience and have logged more than 30.3 million accident-free miles. Founded in 1986, and sponsored by Volvo Trucks since 2002, America's Road Team represents country's 3.2 million professional drivers and serves as example of dedication and teamwork needed to deliver America's freight safely and on time. Read More

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Montez King of NIMS will lead students at WorldSkills Competition.

April 6, 2015

Montez King, director of credentialing for National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has been announced as volunteer Expert for Manufacturing Team Challenge students competing at 43rd WorldSkills Competition (August 11–16 in São Paulo, Brazil). King will be responsible for preparing and mentoring 3 students who will join 16 others as part of SkillsUSA's WorldTeam. He will also serve as a judge of the Manufacturing Team Challenge (MTC) contest. Read More

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EPA releases final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone.

April 2, 2015

EPA released final risk assessment for NMP, a chemical used to remove paint and other coatings. Acute and chronic risks identified for women of childbearing age who use NMP for less than 4 hours per day may be reduced by use of specific types of chemical-resistant gloves. However, gloves and respirators do not adequately reduce risks to women of childbearing age who use NMP for more than 4 hours per day on single day or repeatedly over succession of days. Read More

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BIO announces plenary sessions for 2015 World Congress.

April 1, 2015

During BIO's 12th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, executives from biofuels, renewable chemical, and airline industries will discuss technology breakthroughs, business partnerships, and sustainability initiatives. Some Plenary Sessions will include: Feedstock Sustainability in the Circular Economy, Biobased Innovations for the Future, and Flying the Friendly Green Skies. Event will be held July 19–22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada. Read More

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Manufacturing Conference/Expo explores transformational tech.

April 1, 2015

AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition will take place April 20–23, with exhibits running from April 21–22, in Dallas, Tx. "Flexible Manufacturing for Aerospace & How to Capitalize for It" panel (April 21) addresses how to meet cyclical demands from commercial/defense customers. On April 22, "Inside the AeroDef Boardroom" panel explores how digital tapestry in manufacturing can be used to more efficiently identify customer needs, reduce costs, and improve product/service quality. Read More

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EPA Adds 2 Hazardous Waste Sites to NPL and proposes 6 more.

April 1, 2015

To reduce health impacts and encourage economic revitalization, EPA added 2 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and environment to National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. EPA also proposes adding 6 more sites. According to EPA's Mathy Stanislaus, "Superfund cleanups help advance the economic well-being of communities by turning contaminated properties into productive community resources that can enhance property values, create jobs and broaden tax bases." Read More

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U.S. Virgin Islands Students showcase rockets at White House.

April 1, 2015

At the 5th White House Science Fair, Team Caribbean Splash from the U.S. Virgin Islands exhibited their rockets and discussed their participation in the Team America Rocketry Challenge with President Obama. Team was invited to join the White House's celebration of students from across the country that are engaged and excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each year the Science Fair has a different theme and this year's focus was diversity and inclusion in STEM. Read More

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ASTM Nondestructive Testing Committee honors Patrick Howard.

April 1, 2015

Patrick Howard, consulting engineer for nondestructive testing and measurement at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, OH, has received the Charles W. Briggs Award from ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Howard was honored for his continuous and outstanding contributions to the standards development work of E07 through its subcommittees, sections, and task groups. An ASTM member since 2004, he chairs the E07 Subcommittee on Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation. Read More

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CSA Group Bayern to provide terminal block testing.

April 1, 2015

With laboratory accredited to ISO 17025, CSA Group Bayern has capability to test and certify terminal blocks for North American market. Association can also conduct audits on client programs and witness tests at manufacturers' own test facilities. Tests for terminal blocks are similar to tests conducted for other standards, but are applied to wiring processes. They include secureness, conditioning, pullout, temperature, dielectric withstand, heat cycling, and accelerated aging tests. Read More

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Two ASTM Nanotechnology Standards have been adopted by FDA.

April 1, 2015

U.S. FDA added two ASTM International standards to its List of Recognized Standards. These are E2490: Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Photon Correlation Spectroscopy, and E2535: Guide for Handling Unbound Engineered Nanoscale Particles in Occupational Settings. Guide for Detection and Characterization of Manufactured Silver Nanomaterials in Textiles (WK37636) is in development by ASTM's Nanotechnology Committee (E56). Read More

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Hydraulic Institute to offer Wastewater Pump Webinar series.

April 1, 2015

Starting on April 23, HI will offer 3-part Wastewater Pump Webinar series providing detailed overview on treatment plants and pumps, pump requirements for plant operators, and pump accessories. Live course will assist engineers in understanding how to recommend best pump type for each wastewater application. Attendees will become familiar with guidelines for sludge transfer and dewatering, chemical feed, sampling and plant water systems and learn about different wastewater treatment processes. Read More

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EPA Reached Settlement with MTU over alleged CAA violations.

April 1, 2015

As announced by U.S. EPA and Department of Justice, MTU America Inc (MTU), subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, will implement auditing program to ensure proper emissions testing and compliance with federal emission standards for its heavy-duty, diesel, non-road engines as part of settlement to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations. Complaint alleges MTU sold 895 non-road, heavy-duty diesel engines without valid certificates of conformity. Read More

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AAMA releases updated documents on finished aluminum.

April 1, 2015

Architecturally finished aluminum is considered any that has been treated with anodic or organic coatings. AAMA 609 & 610-15 spells out methods, equipment, and materials applicable for cleaning such finished aluminum after construction and for subsequent periodic maintenance. AAMA CW-10-15 recommends how best to care for aluminum from mill to product fabrication, to loading and shipping of finished product, and includes care both prior to, and after, building completion. Read More

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ABC provides state-by-state economic analysis.

April 1, 2015

From 1997–2013, the value added by private construction industry as percentage of national GDP declined from high of 6.14% (in 1997 and 1998) to low of 3.69% in 2011 and then rose to still-too-low 3.73% in 2013. Although this is an accurate look at the sector, it understates impact of construction industry on economy. Because these numbers are based on value added measure, they don't include demand for building materials, transportation services, financial services, or sales and leasing. Read More

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Jeanne Asquith honored for longtime service.

March 31, 2015

ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has recognized exceptional service of Jeanne Asquith, president and laboratory manager at 3rd Rock LLC in East Aurora, NY, with the Woodland G. Shockley Memorial Award. An ASTM member since 1990, Asquith was secretary of D18 from 2001–2007 and currently serves as membership secretary. Asquith is a certified professional geologist and lab manager with more than 25 years of experience in laboratory testing, investigation, remediation, and construction projects. Read More

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SPE, Penn College, and Paulson form educational alliance.

March 31, 2015

SPE, the Plastics Innovation and Resource Center of Penn College of Technology, and Paulson Training Programs, Inc. have entered into alliance to offer plastics professionals and companies a resource for educational information, training programs, and certifications. SPE will market this training and certification alliance within the community and will initiate outreach programs to attract new members with their first year of premium membership as part of training and certification packages. Read More