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EPA Identifies Substitutes for toxic flame retardant chemical.

August 10, 2012

To identify possible substitutes for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), U.S. EPA released draft report on alternatives. This assessment, developed with public participation under EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) program, profiles environmental and human health hazards on 30 alternatives to decaBDE. In addition, EPA will continue to work with manufacturers to investigate both chemical and non-chemical alternatives for flame retardants. Read More

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PMI welcomes new manufacturing member.

August 10, 2012

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) President Stewart Yang of Kohler Co. announced that Water Pik, Inc. has joined PMI as its newest member. Water Pik has been developing innovative personal and oral healthcare products since 1962. Headquartered in Fort Collins, CO, company operates facilities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. PMI welcomes Water Pik and looks forward to its contributions to the association. Read More

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NTSB welcomes new Administrative Law Judge.

August 10, 2012

Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced appointment of Stephen R. Woody as Administrative Law Judge. Since July 2009, Judge Woody has served as Administrative Law Judge with Social Security Administration. Prior to becoming an ALJ, he was a military trial judge in U.S. Air Force, presiding over all judicial proceedings under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He also served as Staff Judge Advocate, and retired from the Air Force with grade of Colonel. Read More

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EPA and USDA Develop microbial risk assessment guidance.

August 10, 2012

EPA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) Guideline, which lays out approach to conducting meaningful assessments of risks to Americans posed by pathogens in food and water. Guideline's goal is to improve quality of data collected by public health scientists regarding such risks. Overarching microbial risk assessment guideline fills gap for comprehensive, specific, and descriptive information for developing assessments. Read More

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NFPA Foundation acknowledges 3 new Legacy Builders.

August 9, 2012

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation acknowledges 3 companies that have reached Legacy Builder giving level: Bimba Manufacturing of Monee, IL; Caterpillar Inc. of Joliet, IL; and Parker Hannifin Corp. of Cleveland, OH. By reaching Legacy Builder level-$25,000 in cumulative donations to the Foundation-they can use "Legacy Builder" logo on their company letterhead and web sites. They will also be recognized at 2013 NFPA Annual Conference with plaque commemorating their achievements. Read More

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ANSI-HSSP to host roundtable discussion on Resiliency Metrics.

August 9, 2012

On August 22, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel will host roundtable discussion, Resiliency Metrics: Standards, Test Labs and Methods, and Measuring Tools to discuss current resilience standards that cover issues of resilience in variety of relevant fields. Discussion will touch on methods of measuring resilience, as well as possibility of creating public-private cooperative groups to establish comprehensive certification and ratings system for designating resilience. Read More

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BIO Pacific Rim Summit to address future of advanced biofuels.

August 9, 2012

BIO announced more than 100 speakers covering latest in industrial biotechnology at 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, October 10-12. Plenary sessions will include: The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals; Flying green: Why Airlines See a Bright Future in Biofuels; Overcoming Regional Biomass Feedstock Supply Challenges with Public Policy and Science; and Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals: The Future is Now. Read More

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Experts Sought for Virtual TAG for revision of ISO/IEC Guide 51.

August 9, 2012

Joint Working Group (JWG) of ISO and IEC is revising ISO/IEC Guide 51, Safety aspects - Guidelines for their inclusion in standards. ANSI seeks U.S. experts to serve on U.S. Virtual Technical Advisory Group to JWG for revision of ISO/IEC Guide 51, which provides standards writers with guidelines for inclusion of safety aspects when developing and discussing standards. Also, ANSI is soliciting comments on second Committee Draft consultation on revision of ISO/IEC Guide 51. Read More

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TRFA to Offer Epoxy Short Course preceding 2012 Annual Meeting.

August 9, 2012

TRFA will offer Epoxy 101 Short Course as prelude to its Annual Meeting, which will take place October 29-30 in Orlando, FL. Scheduled for October 28 from 8:30 am to 5:45, course will present introduction and advanced concepts in formulation, application, and end-uses of thermoset resin technologies. Specifically, Epoxy 101 includes materials overview on advantages and common use of epoxy resins and hardener types as well as application presentations by each TRFA Market-Focused Committee. Read More

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Peter Borden Transitions based on AMT merger success.

August 8, 2012

AMT (Association For Manufacturing Technology) announced that Peter Borden, past President of AMTDA and current Strategic Integration Officer of AMT, will be leaving the association as of August 31, 2012. In comment, Borden said "It was my intention to stay and support the organization until all of our operations were successfully integrated." AMT president Douglas K. Woods expressed gratitude regarding Borden's leadership as well as his efforts regarding integration of AMT and AMTDA. Read More

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Industry/Economic Conference hosts fluid power industry leaders.

August 8, 2012

In Oak Brook, IL from August 20-22, 2012 NFPA Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC) will host record number of NFPA member companies, invited guests, and other fluid power-related industry professionals. Event will feature industry experts sharing analyses and hard data needed to stay focused in present and future economic environment. Regarding content, conference will examine industry economics, market forecasts, and technology breakthroughs. Read More

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BIO supports Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act.

August 8, 2012

BIO thanked Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for introducing the Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act of 2012, which provides renewable chemical and bio-based products access to tax credits that are available to other industries. According to Stabenow, these tax cuts are critical to the future of domestic bio-based companies. Legislation will help spur innovation, grow the economy and create jobs in America. Read More

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NEMA CEO appointed to serve on Federal Advisory Committee.

August 7, 2012

NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis was appointed to serve on Federal Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, which will advise Secretary of Commerce on development and administration of programs and policies to expand U.S. exports of goods, services, and technology in accordance with applicable U.S. regulations. This work will strongly support efforts to expand U.S. exports of goods and services and create economic opportunities for American businesses and American workers. Read More

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BIO Urges EPA and Congress to stay on course with RFS.

August 7, 2012

BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood has made his statement regarding letter sent by 156 Members of the House of Representatives to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, where they urged EPA to reduce federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). After saying "RFS is working" and "setting a clear path for U.S. energy security, reduced reliance on foreign oil, and a cleaner, healthier environment," Greenwood urged caution about "rushing to make long-term changes to this policy." Read More

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BIO Thanks Senators for extending tax policy.

August 7, 2012

BIO thanked Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as well as Senate Finance Committee for including Cellulosic Biofuels Producer Tax Credit (PTC), Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for Cellulosic Biofuel Plant Property, algae biofuels addition in tax extenders package, and extending R/D tax credit for 2 years. In his statement, BIO's Jim Greenwood said "Advanced biofuel and renewable chemicals tax credits drive innovation while leveling the playing field for U.S. companies." Read More

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WirelessHART Networks exceed 8,000 at major manufacturing sites.

August 7, 2012

More than 8,000 WirelessHART® networks are installed in major manufacturing sites worldwide, signifying widespread acceptance of WirelessHART standard by process automation industry. WirelessHART standard supports self-organizing, full multi-hop and multi-path mesh topologies and requires no specialized tools or expert communication protocol settings for deployment. To protect network and data being transferred, technology employs 128-bit AES encryption, multi-tiered, always-on security. Read More

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BIO Issues Call for Sessions for its 2013 convention.

August 6, 2012

BIO invites biotechnology, health care, energy, business, government policy, and food agriculture experts to submit proposals for breakout sessions at 2013 BIO International Convention, which will be held in Chicago, IL from April 22-25. Proposals will be accepted August 23 through September 27, 2012 and are open to all industry experts looking to advance field of thought, gain media exposure and visibility, or establish dialogue among their peers. Read More

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Proposed Standard looks at road paving materials.

August 6, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK38070, Practice for Sample Preparation and Conditioning with Additives, is being developed by ASTM International Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials. According to D04.20 subcommittee chairman Richard Steger, proposed practice would ensure mixtures produced in lab will match performance of materials placed in field. Also, performance of mixtures using such additives will be predictable during bituminous mixture design and liquid asphalt binder formulation stage. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses factory fabricated geomembranes.

August 6, 2012

Used as hydraulic and gas barriers, geomembranes are intended for pond and canal liners, landfill liners, caps, and floating covers. ASTM WK38128, Guide for Identification, Packaging, Handling, Storage and Deployment of Fabricated Geomembrane Panels, will provide guidance for installation and use of factory fabricated geomembrane panels at job sites. It will also provide definitions for commonly used terms such as fabricated panel, accordion-folded panel, and fabricator. Read More

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IPC Educational Outreach clarifies ITAR regulation.

August 6, 2012

On August 22, IPC and Chicagoland Circuit Board Association will host meeting at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition on IPC's new educational campaign, Follow the Law, Protect the Board. Campaign was developed to raise awareness and compliance with federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulation of printed boards and their designs. Meeting attendees will also learn about key issues and changes in U.S. export control regulations. Read More