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Electronics Manufacturers and Retailers join EPA Challenge.

September 26, 2012

U.S. EPA launched Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge, an initiative to make protective electronics refurbishing and recycling practices the industry standard. By participating, leaders in electronics industry are committing to send 100% of used electronics that they collect to third-party certified refurbishers /recyclers and to increase amount of used electronics they collect. SMM Electronics Challenge supports President Obama’s National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. Read More

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IPC Symposium to focus on understanding environmental compliance.

September 25, 2012

To help electronics manufacturers understand recent changes and trends in environmental regulations and customer requirements, IPC will hold symposium, "It's Not Easy Being Green: Regulations and Industry Trends Update," on October 30–31, 2012 in CA. Attendees will gain up-to-date information on global regulations and customer requirements that affect all links in supply chain. Experts will share perspectives on and experiences with various directives, regulations, and rules. Read More

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Manufacturers urge extension of PNTR with Russia.

September 25, 2012

NAM joined 8 other business organizations in urging President Obama and congressional leaders to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia. On August 22, Russia joined WTO, but due to outdated legislation, every other WTO member—except the United States—is guaranteed lower tariffs and ability to defend its rights in Russian market. Swift passage of bipartisan bill when Congress returns in November will help boost exports and create jobs. Read More

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NREL Industry Growth Forum attracts clean energy investors.

September 25, 2012

At 25th NREL Industry Growth Forum (October 23–24 in Denver, CO), 30 clean energy companies will present their business cases to panel of investors and industry experts. These 30 companies were selected through application and review process and will compete for 2012 NREL Clean Energy Venture Awards. In addition to business case presentations, 2-day forum will highlight clean energy technology and business developments with agenda of speakers and panels. Read More

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ASABE to revise ISO standard for front-mounted PTOs.

September 25, 2012

ASABE has initiated a project that will consider enhancements to ANSI/ASABE AD8759-1:1998 JUN2012, Agricultural wheel tractors – Front-mounted equipment – Part 1: Power take-off and three-point linkage. Changes being sought would permit Type 1 PTOs with 35 mm diameter, 540 rpm, and anti-clockwise rotation as viewed from front of tractor. They would also specify same anti-clockwise rotation for Type 2 and Type 3 PTOs; the rotation orientation that dominates globally. Read More

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Manufacturing Day highlights economic importance, opportunities.

September 25, 2012

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Manufacturing Institute announced they will serve as co-producers for first annual Manufacturing Day, which will take place on October 5 to highlight importance of manufacturing to U.S. economy and showcase available jobs. Manufacturers across USA will be invited to participate in Manufacturing Day as sponsors, hosting open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events. Read More

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ASTM Approves Standard for determining crude oils corrosivity.

September 25, 2012

ASTM Subcommittee G01.05 on Laboratory Corrosion Tests has approved ASTM G205, Guide for Determining Corrosivity of Crude Oils. This standard provides methodologies for evaluating crude oils under conditions normally occurring in oil and gas production, storage, and transportation in pipelines. Examined methods/properties within this standard include emulation of oil and water, wettability of pipeline surface, and corrosivity of water phase in presence of crude oil. Read More

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ASTM sponsors workshop on tissue engineering scaffolds.

September 25, 2012

ASTM workshop, "Standards and Measurements for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: What Do We Have? What Do We Need?," will be held May 21, 2013. Purpose of workshop is to identify highest priority items for future standards work for scaffolds for TEMPs. Event will bring together government, academia, and industry to discuss how standards for tissue engineering scaffolds are currently being used by the community and what opportunities exist for developing new scaffold standards. Read More

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TITANIUM 2012 will feature range of discussions and topics.

September 25, 2012

Sponsored by Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET), World Industry Supply Trends session at TITANIUM 2012 will feature TIMET VP of planning and materials Henry Seiner as moderator. Other discussions will include factors influencing supply and demand fundamentals of molybdenum and vanadium markets; commercial production of titanium sponge in India; titanium feedstock market; investments in Ukraine's titanium future; and closed-loop processing of titanium scrap. Read More

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ASABE Standard to address irrigation sprinkler auditing.

September 25, 2012

ASABE has initiated project to develop standard for evaluating landscape irrigation sprinkler and emitters and invites those with relevant interest and expertise to participate in its development. Tentatively titled S626, Evaluating and Measuring the Performance of Emission Devices in Landscape Irrigation Systems, document will standardize repeatable methods for evaluating sprinkler and emitter installation and measuring performance. Read More

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EPA adds 12 hazardous waste sites to National Priorities List.

September 25, 2012

U.S. EPA is adding 12 hazardous waste sites that pose public health and environmental risks to the National Priorities List for cleanup under Superfund program. EPA is also proposing to add another 8 sites to the list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up most complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. For each of the 20 sites announced, EPA has received letters of concurrence from state officials supporting NPL listing. Read More

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Monitoring Efforts will track water quality improvements.

September 24, 2012

Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force is launching 2 efforts to monitor reductions in nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) throughout watershed. Mississippi River Monitoring Collaborative will evaluate progress toward reducing amount of nutrients entering local waterways. Also, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is preparing to update its technical standard for water quality monitoring to better measure amount of nutrients coming from farm fields. Read More

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Oil Spill Standard addresses in-situ burning effectiveness.

September 24, 2012

ASTM International Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response has approved several standards for in-situ burning. Latest proposed standard, ASTM WK37324, Guide for Evaluation of In-Situ Burning Effectiveness, is being developed by Subcommittee F20.15 on In-Situ Burning. Proposed guide will help standardize evaluation of burn and produce results that will be consistent among different users, enhancing accuracy and credibility of information. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices Rise for first time in 4 months.

September 24, 2012

According to September 13 Producer Price Index report by U.S. Labor Department, U.S. construction materials prices increased 0.9% in August. Construction material prices are up 1% year over year, while nonresidential construction materials prices are 1% higher for month and up 0.7% from August 2011. In comment, ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu said increase makes generating economic output more expensive and will consequently slow economic growth. Read More

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FDA's Stephen Spielberg to deliver ISPE meeting plenary address.

September 24, 2012

Stephen P. Spielberg, MD, PhD, FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, will deliver plenary address at 2012 ISPE Annual Meeting, which will be held Nobember 11–14 in San Francisco, CA. Spielberg’s talk, "How the FDA is Advancing Regulatory Science through High Quality Collaboration," will look at how FDA is addressing challenges and taking advantage of opportunities to advance regulatory science via collaborations with organizations such as ISPE. Read More

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EPA sets bio-based diesel volumes for 2013.

September 24, 2012

U.S. EPA took action to establish amount of bio-diesel products required to be included in diesel fuel markets in 2013. Bio-based diesel products are advanced bio-fuels that are derived from sources that include vegetable oils and waste oils from renewable sources. EPA’s action sets 2013 volume at 1.28 billion gallons under Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which established second phase of Renewable Fuel Standards program, and specifies 1 billion gallon minimum volume requirement. Read More

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PACK EXPO Showcase highlights award winning packages worldwide.

September 24, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 28-31, PACK EXPO International will include Showcase of Packaging Innovations™, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company. Showcase will feature entries from ABRE--Brazilian Packaging Association, AIMCAL, ANDINA-PACK 2013, Asociación Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje, DuPont Packaging, Flexible Packaging Association, Foil and Specialty Effects Association, Glass Packaging Institute, Healthcare Compliance, In-Mold Decorating Association, IoPP, IAE, NACD, and Paperboard Packaging Council. Read More

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Steve Forbes to Deliver Keynote at Automate 2013.

September 24, 2012

During his keynote presentation on January 22 at Automate 2013 Show and Conference in Chicago, IL, Steve Forbes – Chairman of Forbes Media and former Presidential candidate – will address impact of President Barack Obama and his administration on future of U.S. economy and business growth. Future of Robotics keynote, to be given on January 21 by Dr. Henrik Christensen, Director of Robotics at Georgia Tech, will look at results of his work on U.S. Robotics Roadmap. Read More

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FAA to increase safety and efficiency of Florida airspace.

September 24, 2012

Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta announced collaborative NextGen effort that will increase safety and efficiency while reducing aircraft emissions for passengers, air traffic controllers, and airlines flying into and out of Miami, Orlando, and Tampa metropolitan areas. Metroplex initiative is based on Performance-Based Navigation, which enables pilots to fly aircraft using satellite coverage or by using on-board flight management system, allowing shorter, more direct routes. Read More

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Standard addresses polymer degradation in marine environment.

September 24, 2012

An ongoing study of biodegradation rates of polymers has led to development of ASTM D7473, Test Method for Weight Attrition of Plastic Materials in the Marine Environment by Open System Aquarium Incubations. Standard is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products, which is part of ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics. It will be used by companies that make biodegradable polymers or items that will be disposed at sea. Read More