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ASTM Committee approves powder bed fusion specification.

December 2, 2014

ASTM F3091, Specification for Powder Bed Fusion of Plastic Materials, will provide common set of terms and definitions, best practices, and practices to facilitate ordering and delivery of parts. Standard will be used to specify end use properties for polyamide parts produced using laser sintering, including mechanical, tolerance, surface finishing, and post-processing. Criteria for part acceptance and rejection are provided, and information on testing is given. Read More

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ASTM Proposed Standard applies to concrete reinforcement bars.

December 1, 2014

ASTM WK46112, Specification for Zinc-Coated (Continuous Hot-Dip Galvanized) Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement, will provide specifiers with performance-optimized, cost-efficient option for protecting concrete structures. Fabrication properties in said standard will minimize installation costs as well as long-term maintenance costs. Also, standard describes product characteristics of steel reinforcing bars that are zinc-coated by continuous hot-dip process in cut lengths or coils. Read More

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ASTM Sample Collection Standard will aid mold analysis.

December 1, 2014

ASTM D7910, Practice for the Collection of Fungal Material from Surfaces by Tape Lift, helps avoid inconsistencies by describing correct way to collect accurate tapelift sample. According to ASTM member John M. Neville, tapelift samples are less expensive, less time consuming, and less labor intensive to collect and deliver than swab, bulk, or dust cassette samples. Users will include indoor environmental quality investigators, house inspectors, and certified industrial hygienists. Read More

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EPA Collaboration furthers salmon, steelhead trout protection.

December 1, 2014

Collaboration among federal and state agencies, rice growers, and industry created federally enforceable restrictions of thiobencarb to help protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead trout in California. EPA is making California’s geographic use limits federally enforceable by incorporating them into pesticide label. Usage limitations will take effect April 1, 2015. This action is EPA's first implementation of NOAA Fisheries salmon and steelhead trout Biological Opinion. Read More

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Competency Models help drive competitiveness, combat skills gap.

November 28, 2014

Available as industry resource, Tooling U-SME's Competency Framework helps companies combat talent shortage and achieve stronger performance from workforce while providing development pathways and career growth opportunities for employees. Online tool, which facilitates implementation across organizations, features series of competency models in 9 manufacturing functional areas and comprises 60+ defined job role competency models which outline knowledge and skill objectives. Read More

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BIO Responds to Study on rising drug development costs.

November 28, 2014

BIO responded to Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development's study estimating cost of developing new prescription medicine that gains marketing approval at $2.558 billion (in 2013 dollars); findings represent 145% increase (8.5% compound annual growth) since 2003 study. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood thanked researchers for quantifying associated drug development costs and called their work authoritative and critically important to biopharmaceutical research and policy stakeholders. Read More

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EPA to help water utilities bolster climate resilience.

November 28, 2014

EPA is providing up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in 20+ communities bolster climate change resilience and readiness. Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities will participate in multi-year program to prepare for potential impacts. Communities will receive assistance in using EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool, which helps identify assets, threats, and adaptation options to help reduce risk from climate change. Read More

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EPA names 2014 Green Power Leaders.

November 28, 2014

U.S. EPA announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and 4 suppliers—including the cities of Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Apple, Kohl’s, and Trek Bicycle Corporation--for achievements in advancing nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change. Award-winning partners were chosen for their exemplary use of green power from more than 1,300 partner organizations that comprise EPA’s Green Power Partnership. Read More