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NEMA Responds to Homeland Security Appropriations bill passage.

June 12, 2012

NEMA responded to House of Representatives' passage of H.R. 5855, fiscal year 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Citing NEMA-member technologies as critical to air travel security, NEMA VP of Government Relations Kyle Pitsor praised areas of investments in Homeland Security appropriations bill. He also expressed pleasure regarding "continued support for efforts at the border to protect intellectual property rights by Customs and Border Protection." Read More

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EPA recognizes environmental innovation at science competition.

June 12, 2012

Thabit Pulak, a sophomore at Richardson High School in Richardson, TX, was named recipient of EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability award for demonstrating commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship. Pulak's project, a Home-Based Arsenic Bio-Sand Water Filter, uses nano particles made with kitchen materials easily found in Southeast Asia to enhance bio-sand water filter, so that it removes arsenic from water. Pulak will participate in National Sustainable Design Expo in 2013. Read More

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EPA awards $2 million to small businesses.

June 12, 2012

U.S. EPA's Small Business Innovation Research program awarded $2 million to 25 companies in support of technology development toward sustainable solutions for the environment. Technological concepts submitted to this year's competition include drinking water monitoring and treatment, sustainable infrastructures, green building, innovation in manufacturing, greenhouse gas reduction, air pollution monitoring, and control and waste monitoring and management. Read More

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ASTM honors John Hubbling with Award of Merit.

June 11, 2012

John R. Hubbling, manager of Laboratory Services at Metropolitan Council Environmental Services in St. Paul, MN, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee D19 on Water. A member of ASTM International and Committee D19 since 1975, Hubbling serves as chairman of Subcommittee D19.02 on Quality Systems, Specifications and Statistics. Committee recognized his contributions with the Max Hecht Award in 2003 and D19 Certificate of Appreciation in 2007. Read More

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ASTM approves standard on detection analysis for hit/miss data.

June 11, 2012

ASTM E2862, Practice for Probability of Detection Analysis for Hit/Miss Data, has been developed by Subcommittee E07.10 on Specialized NDT Methods, part of ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Standard provides necessary background and describes step-by-step process for analyzing nondestructive testing hit/miss data resulting from probability of detection examination, including minimum requirements for validating resulting POD curve. Read More

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NEMA Guide looks at molded case circuit breakers, applications.

June 11, 2012

Updated with PV circuit breakers, NEC references, and diagrams, NEMA AB 3 Molded Case Circuit Breakers and Their Application is available for download and in hard copy. Guide covers molded case circuit breakers and molded case switches - single- and multi-pole, fused and unfused - as well as their accessories. These circuit breakers and switches have rated voltages up to and including 1,000 V, 50/60 Hz in either AC or AC/DC and rated interrupting current ratings of 5,000 A or more. Read More

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NIBS Guideline helps owners ensure buildings work correctly.

June 11, 2012

NIBS Guideline 3-2012: Building Enclosure Commissioning Process describes process that allows owner to incorporate building enclosure commissioning into project. BECx process is used throughout lifecycle of building - from project inception through operations and maintenance - to validate that performance of building's materials, components, assemblies, systems, and design is meeting owner's objectives and requirements as outlined in contract documents. Read More

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Manufacturers take message of job creation to Capitol Hill.

June 11, 2012

With manufacturing at forefront of national economic discussions, nearly 400 members of NAM went to Washington DC to push members of Congress to implement pro-growth, pro-jobs policies that will help manufacturers continue to lead economic recovery. As part of NAM's Manufacturing Summit, manufacturers joined House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for discussion on job creation and ways to increase competitiveness in global marketplace. Read More

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NREL Director Arvizu named as National Science Board Chair.

June 11, 2012

Dan Arvizu, director of U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected for 2-year term as Chairman of the National Science Board. This 25-member body advises the president and Congress on science and engineering issues and acts as official policy setting and budget approving body for National Science Foundation. Arvizu has served as director of NREL since 2005 and was nominated to seat on board last year and confirmed by U.S. Senate. Read More

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Hardfacing Selection is Outlined in GAWDA magazine.

June 11, 2012

In Spring 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today, Dave Kiilunen, metallurgist and VP at Cor-Met, Inc., offers guidance on selecting hardfacing materials for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) processes via his "Determining The Correct Hardfacing Product" article. Of note, gases and welding salespeople must consider factors such as application, wear resistance, and cost in order to make recommendations to customers. Read More

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Microscope uses light to image flow of individual blood cells.

June 11, 2012

Developed by team of researchers in Israel, optical microscope can reveal same information as traditional blood test in real-time by shining light through the skin, without fluorescent dyes. Portable device relies on spectrally encoded confocal microscopy, which creates images by splitting light beam into its constituent colors. By eliminating long wait-time for blood test results, microscope might help spotlight warning signs before patient develops severe medical problems. Read More

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NREL to engineer smart homes.

June 11, 2012

Research engineers at NREL are working on a "smart" home that will communicate with electricity grid to know when power is cheap, tell appliances when to turn on or off, and even know when renewable energy resources are available to offset peak demand. NREL is leveraging 2 laboratories to make the smart home a reality - the soon-to-be-built Smart Power Laboratory, which is part of the Energy Systems Integration Facility, and the Automated Home Energy Management Laboratory. Read More

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NAM Lauds Senate Vote reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank.

June 11, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement following Senate passage of H.R. 2072, which reauthorizes Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. In this statement, Timmons commends Senate standing up for jobs "by taking quick action on legislation reauthorizing the Bank and increasing its lending authority." Timmons also thanks House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer for moving this agreement, which supports 290,000 jobs, to Senate. Read More

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BP CAA Penalty includes fees and pollution control mandate.

June 11, 2012

BP North America Inc. agreed to pay $8 million penalty and invest over $400 million to install pollution controls and cut emissions from petroleum refinery in Whiting, IN. This addresses complaint that alleges violations of Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements in connection with construction and expansion of Whiting Refinery as well as violations of 2001 consent decree with company that covered all of BP's refineries and was entered into as part of EPA's Petroleum Refinery Initiative. Read More

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Researchers Improve IR Detectors using SWCNs.

June 11, 2012

Team of researchers from Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Duke University is harnessing properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to create highly sensitive, uncooled PV IR detectors. "Carbon Nanotube Arrays Based High-Performance Infrared Photodetector" paper, published in Optical Materials Express, describes this new type of detector, which may prove useful for industrial, military, manufacturing, optical communications, and scientific applications. Read More

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ASABE, ICC Collaborate on new landscape irrigation standard.

June 11, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and International Code Council (ICC) intend to jointly develop ANSI standard: ASABE/ICC Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard. In establishing requirements for landscape sprinklers and emitters, standard will address design, performance, and uniform testing and assessment methods for such devices. Ultimately, this will enhance performance of entire irrigation system and promote water conservation. Read More

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ASABE revises manure odor management standard.

June 11, 2012

Revised standard, ASAE EP379.5 APR2012, Management of Manure Odors, corrects outdated acknowledges and includes updated reference information as noted in most recent periodic review of the document. Additional wording clarifications and format changes were also included in revision. Read More

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International CES sees record number of exhibitors.

June 11, 2012

According to CEA®, 3,319 exhibitors from around the world unveiled new technology products at 2012 International CES, a 22% increase over last year's show. A record-number of international professionals - 35,734 - attended show from more than 150 countries, representing increase of 13% over last year. Independent audit, performed by Veris Consulting, LLC, confirms CES's status as world's most important technology event and North America's largest annual tradeshow of any kind. Read More

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NASCAR and EPA Sign MOU on green initiatives.

June 11, 2012

Under signed agreement, EPA and National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will raise awareness of environmentally friendly products and solutions to address America's environmental challenges. This memorandum of understanding (MOU) provides NASCAR with EPA technical assistance and environmental expertise, using EPA programs such as Design for the Environment and the Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) framework to help protect Americans' health and the environment. Read More

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NEMA Working Groups to address gaps in EV standards.

June 11, 2012

NEMA's Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment/Systems Section created working groups to address several gaps in EV charging standards identified in ANSI Electric Vehicle Standardization Roadmap. To address network roaming, group will develop standard that permits EV drivers to universally locate and reserve public charging spot. Second group will develop standard that will communicate metering data from end user to vehicle to cover gaps related to communication aspects of EV meters. Read More