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EPA to Help Monitor unregulated contaminants in drinking water.

May 14, 2012

U.S. EPA published its list of 28 chemicals and 2 viruses that ~6,000 public water systems will monitor from 2013-2015 as part of EPA's unregulated contaminant monitoring program. Data collected under Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3 (UCMR 3) will inform EPA about frequency and levels at which these contaminants are found in drinking water systems across USA and help determine whether additional protections are needed to ensure safe drinking water for Americans. Read More

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AIA National Convention Programs highlight building science.

May 11, 2012

Scheduled for May 17-19, AIA's National Convention will offer number of programs for those interested in building science. Some will include: High Performance Building Enclosures: Connecting Design, Building Science and Validated Delivery for Optimal Energy Savings and Durability; Making the Enclosure Match the Rhetoric: The Client's View of Value; Connecting Building Science to the Practice of Architecture; and AIA Practice Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling In the Design Process. Read More

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BIO Convention to highlight FDA, regulatory environment.

May 11, 2012

To be held in Boston, MA from June 18-21, 2012 BIO International Convention will feature speakers from FDA as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance educational track will tackle pressing regulatory issues, and several sessions will address steps involved in research and development of healthcare products and how to successfully bring these products to market while maintaining standards for safety, effectiveness, and compliance. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard to determine effect of transgenic crops.

May 11, 2012

Transgenic plants contain gene or genes that have been artificially inserted, rather than acquired through plant's natural pollination process. Pesticides are used for control of insects, weeds, or fungi on crops. Proposed standard, ASTM WK36581, Practice for in Vitro Rearing of Honeybee Larvae, would use honeybee larvae as surrogate to determine if transgenic crops or pesticides would harm honeybees or other beneficial insects in nearby areas. Read More

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ASTM Committee developing physical barrier systems standard.

May 11, 2012

ASTM Subcommittee E54.05 has begun to develop ASTM WK36550, Specification for Applying Cable Barrier Systems to Provide Physical Protection Along the Passive Perimeter Around Assets Requiring High Security Against Vehicular Threats. According to E54 member Paul Bulten, proposed standard will aid users in finding direction needed to determine appropriateness, crash rating type selection, and how to ensure system installed has capability equivalent to test-proven system. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee approves building enclosure standard.

May 10, 2012

Standard ASTM E2813, developed by Subcommittee E06.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems, will serve as complete and authoritative practice for building enclosure commissioning. According to E06.55 Chairman Dan Lemieux, this outcomes-based tool "establishes two levels of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) - fundamental and enhanced - that can be readily applied to any project depending upon the performance expectations of the owner." Read More

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ASTM Cement Committee adds subcommittee on sustainability assessment.

May 10, 2012

Current members of ASTM International Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, as well as other interested parties, are invited to join new C01 subcommittee, C01.98 on Sustainability Assessment. Scope of C01.98 is to support development and maintenance of standards related to methodologies and metrics for assessing sustainability in manufacture and use of hydraulic cement. Read More

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Dennis Miller and James Carville headline PACK EXPO 2012 lectures.

May 10, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from October 28-31, PACK EXPO International 2012 will host Dennis Miller and James Carville as part of 2012 edition of PACK EXPO Lecture Series. Miller and Carville will present their views of the 2012 elections and take questions from audience members. "The purpose of the PACK EXPO Lecture Series," according to PMMI president and CEO Charles D. Yuska, "is to provide a thought-provoking and entertaining event for exhibitors and attendees." Read More

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ACC Announces Winners of 2012 energy efficiency awards.

May 9, 2012

At 21st Annual Responsible Care Conference and Expo, American Chemistry Council (ACC) honored 19 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements during 2011. In total, ACC presented 67 awards to companies, 16 of which were for programs deemed to be of "Exceptional Merit." Total annual energy saved by winning projects in all 5 categrories throughout 2011 was 16.9 trillion BTUs, enough to power all homes in a city the size of Norfolk, VA for one year. Read More

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AAMA Document Revision details aluminum care, handling processes.

May 9, 2012

Available for download, on CD, and in hardcopy, AAMA CW-10-12, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site," was updated from 2004 version. It provides recommendations for proper care and handling of architectural aluminum products, from mill to fabricator to job site and through to project completion. New features include sections on visual inspections and care after building completion as well as information regarding damage or defects found on aluminum materials. Read More

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Fiberglass Material Council has launched new web page.

May 9, 2012

Fiberglass Material Council (FMC) of AAMA launched new web page featuring new content, updated layout, as well as relevant information to fiberglass community and fenestration industry as a whole. In addition to highlighting fiberglass popularity and durability, main page offers news and events as well as navigation options to explore Market Study Data, Green and Sustainability, Pultrusion, Fiberglass Product Reliability and Durability, Protective Coatings, and Corrosion Resistance pages. Read More

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ANSI/ASIS Standard addresses Management of Private Security Providers.

May 9, 2012

ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012, Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations - Requirements with Guidance, establishes mechanism for PSCs and their clients to provide demonstrable commitment, conformance, and accountability to principles outlined in International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. Standard helps assure quality of PSC services while maintaining safety and security of operations with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Read More

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Kevin Bly Receives Award of Merit from ASTM petroleum committee.

May 9, 2012

ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Kevin J. Bly, senior chemist at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. in Annandale, NJ. Bly serves as vice chairman and secretary for various subcommittees as well as section or working group chair on several groups. ASTM International member since 1991, he has received several awards and is also member of American Chemical Society. Read More

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Daniel Zechmeister Receives Award of Merit from ASTM committee.

May 9, 2012

Daniel S. Zechmeister, executive director of Masonry Institute of Michigan, received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. ASTM International member since 1987, Zechmeister was honored for his contributions to standards for manufactured masonry units of fired clay and shale, concrete, and sand-lime units. Outside of ASTM International, Zechmeister is member of numerous societies, councils, and associations. Read More

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AIA urges passage of Export-Import Bank deal.

May 9, 2012

AIA urges Congress to pass bipartisan agreement reauthorizing Export-Import Bank, which will help level playing field versus foreign competitors who receive financing from their own governments. Cantor-Hoyer agreement reauthorizes Export-Import Bank for 3 years and extends its lending authority to $140 billion. While shrinking U.S. federal budget makes it imperative that U.S. aerospace companies increase exports of commercial products, Export-Import Bank makes many of those exports possible. Read More

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Webinar Series will focus on Variable Speed Drive technology.

May 9, 2012

Set to begin May 31, 2012, Variable Speed Drives 4-part webinar series will kick off with Julian Atchia of SJE RhombusĀ® leading session 1, "Intro 101." Sean Fitzpatrick of Schneider Electric will lead sessions 2-4, which consist of "Application and Installation Considerations" on June 14, "Protection for VFD and Proper Output" on June 21, and "Troubleshooting Problems with VFDs" on June 28. All webinars will take place from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT. Read More

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Letter to Armed Services Committee asks for support for biofuels.

May 9, 2012

BIO and other organizations asked leaders of House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Appropriations Defense Subcommittees to support Department of Defense's commitment to accelerate production of American-made, advanced, drop-in biofuels for use in military jets, ships, and vehicles. After citing concerns over impact of reliance on foreign oil and unpredictable fluctuations of oil market, letter points out progress made by U.S. advanced biofuel producers toward cost-competitiveness. Read More

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PMMI Members drive OEM-customer relationships.

May 9, 2012

PMMI members and their customers are working to address complex issues, such as Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), operational efficiencies and training, and workforce development. Recent presentations and meetings have reinforced need for collaborative approaches to problem solving. According to PMMI president and CEO Charles D. Yuska, PMMI's members have "called out the importance of a two-way flow of communication along the packaging and processing supply chain." Read More

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PACK EXPO 2012 to highlight pharmaceutical packaging.

May 9, 2012

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging in U.S. is forecast to increase 5.3% annually through 2014. PACK EXPO International 2012, scheduled for Oct 28-31, will feature Pharmaceutical Pavilion with latest advances in cartoning and labeling, filling and inspection systems as well as blister packaging, flexible pouches, tubes, and closures. Rx Lounge, located in Pavilion, will allow attendees to exchange ideas with industry peers and engage in further dialogue with suppliers. Read More

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EPA awards more than $1 million to college teams.

May 8, 2012

EPA awarded more than $1 million in grants to 15 university/college teams who participated in 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo. EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet competition featured more than 300 college innovators showcasing sustainable projects designed to protect environment, encourage economic growth, and use natural resources more efficiently. Each winning team will receive up to $90,000 to further develop design, apply it to real world applications, or move it to market. Read More