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Roofing/Waterproofing Committee honors James C. Strong.

June 21, 2012

James C. Strong, associate principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., received Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing. ASTM International member since 1995, Strong has experience investigating and solving water leakage problems in roofing, above- and below-grade waterproofing, and exterior wall systems. Strong is also member of International Concrete Repair Institute and RCI Inc. Read More

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PMI gives back with service day in Santa Rosa, CA.

June 21, 2012

Prior to start of PMI Spring Conference, members and staff volunteered for day of service at the Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County's ReStore retail outlet. PMI team assisted with pricing products, moving displays, and cleaning merchandise, while learning about mission of Habitat for Humanity. In addition to putting together build day event, PMI also will make financial donation to Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County to help support their vision for affordable housing. Read More

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PQLI Series provides pharmaceutical change management guidance.

June 21, 2012

ISPE released latest volume in Product Quality Lifecycle Implementation (PQLI®) series, Change Management System as a Key Element of a Pharmaceutical Quality System. As Part 3 of PQLI series, guide is written expressly for pharmaceutical industry and provides practical, real-world strategies that companies can use to implement ICH Q10 change management recommendations. Specific guidance is offered on achieving compliant and consistent change management systems. Read More

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Entries for Student Paper Competition due Aug 1, 2012.

June 21, 2012

In effort to raise awareness of strategic importance of standards and conformance among students at university level, ANSI, in conjunction with its Committee on Education, is holding its first student paper competition. Theme of competition, How Standards Facilitate Innovation and Benefit Society, seeks differing perspectives from wide range of disciplines on how standards facilitate innovation and how society as a whole can benefit. Read More

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AFS recaps 25th Annual Conference.

June 21, 2012

On June 4-7, 2012, AFS celebrated its 25th Anniversary at its Technical Conference and Exhibition. During anniversary dinner on June 5, AFS honored 46 current corporate sponsors with plaques and special recognition. Conference included 9 plenary presentations, over 50 technical presentations, and 8 short courses ranging from Fundamentals of Liquid Filtration to advanced topics like Ultrafiltration Membranes. At Annual Awards Lunch, AFS paid tribute to those who have served AFS. Read More

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Report Details Biotech involvement with neglected diseases.

June 21, 2012

According to "Biotechnology: Bringing Innovation to Neglected Disease Research and Development," small- to medium-sized biotech companies bring innovation to global health. Findings show that 134 biotechnology companies are participating in neglected disease research and development, which represents participation in 39% of 191 new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics in development. Report also finds that 64% of all products in development by biotech companies involve partnering. Read More

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EPA Draft Ammonia Assessment available for public comment.

June 21, 2012

Offering estimate of amount of ammonia one person can inhale daily over their lifetime without harmful health effects, draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) health assessment for ammonia will be available for public comment for 60 days and sent for independent expert peer review. Draft assessment includes template for describing literature search approach, identifies strengths/weaknesses of analyzed studies, and describes how EPA applied their guidance, methods, and criteria. Read More

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BIO applauds Rep. Kaptur's Energy Investment Act of 2012.

June 21, 2012

BIO thanked Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and 16 other original cosponsors for introducing Rural Energy Investment Act of 2012, which would reauthorize Farm Bill Energy Title programs, provide significant mandatory funding, and ensure eligibility for additional biorefineries and products, such as biobased products and renewable chemicals. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, Farm Bill energy programs have produced high rate of return for American taxpayers. Read More

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Legal Entity Identifier Standard has been published by ISO.

June 21, 2012

Targeting financial services industry, ISO 17442:2012, Financial services - Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), enables accurate and unambiguous identification of entities engaged in financial transactions. Standard is intended to meet data collection and analysis needs of national and global regulators in response to problems from world financial crisis. Document describes 20-character alphanumeric code as well as additional elements for reference data attributes. Read More

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CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012 concludes successful run.

June 20, 2012

CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012, the largest construction-related trade show in Russia and Eastern Europe, provided exhibitors with direct access to quality buyers and potential business partners. AEM offered exhibitors high-profile location that allowed manufacturers and their exclusive dealers to control corporate brand and marketing messages. AEM helped facilitate exhibitor travel planning and offered cost-effective exhibit options, so members could expand their presence internationally. Read More

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Test Procedures cover enclosed low-voltage AC circuit breakers.

June 20, 2012

NEMA published ANSI/NEMA C37.50 Low-Voltage AC Power Circuit Breakers Used in Enclosures - Test Procedures, the first new edition in 24 years. Document covers stationary or drawout circuit breakers of 2-, 3-, or 4-pole construction, with 1 or more rated max voltages of 635, 508, and 254 V for application on systems having nominal voltages of 600, 480, and 240 V. It applies to unfused or fused type breakers as well as manually operated or power operated units. Read More

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Plastics Producer SABIC agrees to reduce harmful air pollution.

June 20, 2012

SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC, and its subsidiary, SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon, LLC, have agreed to pay civil penalty of approximately $1 million and improve leak detection and repair practices to settle alleged violations of Clean Air Act at chemical manufacturing facilities in Mt. Vernon, IN. and Burkville, AL. Emissions of hazardous air pollutants from leaking equipment may cause serious health effects including cancer, reproductive issues, and birth defects. Read More

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AEM urges conferees to reach agreement on transportation bill.

June 20, 2012

AEM President Dennis Slater issued statement after attending Transportation Construction Coalition fly-in and meeting with Members of Congress on both sides of aisle to urge swift action on transportation bill. In statement, Slater expressed that after 1,000 days, 9 extensions, and approaching June 30th deadline, he was pleased that bipartisan group of members are working in Congress to finally get long-term highway bill passed, since manufacturers depend on strong infrastructure system. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending was down 0.7% in April.

June 20, 2012

According to June 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending fell 0.7% to $558.33 billion in April on seasonally adjusted annualized basis but is up 7.1% from April 2011. "With the U.S. economy decelerating for a third consecutive spring/summer," commented ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, "the forward looking indicators are no longer positive, implying that nonresidential construction momentum will continue to languish." Read More

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Construction Industry Unemployment dips to 14.2% in May 2012.

June 20, 2012

While U.S. construction industry lost 28,000 jobs in May, unemployment rate fell to 14.2% - down from 14.5% in April 2012 and 16.3% in May 2011 - according to the June 1 employment report by U.S. Labor Department. "While the construction industry unemployment rate did drop," said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, "it's likely an indication that many construction workers have either found jobs in other industries, or have simply vanished from the workforce." Read More

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Mass Settlement halts welding fume lawsuits.

June 20, 2012

According to Welding and Gases Today Online, steering committees for parties in Welding Fume MDL have reached global settlement resolving nearly all welding fume cases pending in state or federal courts. In exchange for dismissing their lawsuits and releasing all manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of welding fume products from liability, participating plaintiffs will be eligible to receive payments from settlement pool being funded by welding rod manufacturers. Read More

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EPRI Releases EV fast charger demonstration results.

June 20, 2012

In February 2012 at its Knoxville, TN laboratory, EPRI demonstrated first prototype 2.4 kV, 45 kVA-based, solid-state, direct-current (DC) fast charging technology for electric vehicles. Using Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiEV, EPRI demonstrated charging and communication capabilities of Utility Direct Fast Charger technology with EV battery management systems. UI and web-based mobile data collection system were also included in demonstration. Read More

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Sponsorship Opportunities available for World Standards Week.

June 20, 2012

ANSI invites all interested organizations to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities for World Standards Week 2012, Oct 9-12. Sponsors not only support voluntary standardization community, but also gain recognition and benefits. Four tiers of sponsorship packages are available. Depending on sponsorship level, benefits include complimentary admission to WSW events, distribution of promotional material to attendees, color print and web advertising, and premiere signage. Read More

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Comments Sought on proposed forensic analysis standard.

June 20, 2012

Standards Australia (SA), Australian member body to ISO, submitted proposal for International Standard on minimizing risk of contamination in products used to collect and analyze biological material for forensic DNA purposes. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by July 27, 2012. Proposed work item would set particular criteria around which consumables used in forensic DNA collection and analysis should be manufactured. Read More

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North American PM Industry experienced universal growth.

June 20, 2012

According to Metal Powder Industries Federation President Matthew Bulger, North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry has built on growth momentum from last year in all materials, process, and market sectors. In comment at PowderMet2012, Bulger elaborated that past 2 years suggests sustainable industry recovery. He also noted 2012 began on positive note, with rising confidence levels, and also called to mind need for experienced production workers and PM engineering professionals. Read More