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ASTM Standard will aid evaluation of architectural coatings.

May 8, 2013

Proposed standard, ASTM WK32654, Practice for Selecting Wood Substrates for Weathering Evaluations of Architectural Coatings, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings. Once approved, this standard will offer guidelines to chemists who are formulating new paint or other finishes for use with wood in architectural applications. End users will also find this proposed standard helpful for comparing performance of various architectural finishes. Read More

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U.S. EPA Community Grants help cleanup of Brownfields sites.

May 8, 2013

U.S. EPA will award approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities across country for cleanup and reuse of Brownfields properties. As part of Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program, EPA will award up to $200,000 per recipient for engaging community and planning activities for these sites. Since inception in 2010, program has leveraged over $19 billion in cleanup and redevelopment. Investment of federal funding has led to gain of over 87,000 jobs from public and private sources. Read More

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NREL Paper covers solar power and thermal energy storage.

May 8, 2013

Detailed in Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario, NREL research calibrates value of adding concentrating solar power (CSP) plants to electric grid. Properties of dispatchable CSP, such as generating power in response to high or low demand, are demonstrated. Report also shows operational value from CSP-based reserve power. Overall, study helps utilities develop approaches to incorporate CSP in standard planning tools. Read More

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Robotics Companies post strongest opening quarter.

May 8, 2013

According to statistics released from RIA, North American robotics companies shattered previous opening quarter records for robots ordered and shipped in first quarter of 2013. Total of 5,833 robots valued at $341.2 million were ordered from North American robotics companies through March, an increase of 14.5% in units over same period in 2012. First quarter shipments totaled 5,736 robots valued at $369.5, breaking previous records for opening quarter by 24.6% in units and 23.3% in dollars. Read More

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NEMA welcomes House approval of helium bill.

May 8, 2013

NEMA welcomed passage of HR 527, Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, by vote of 394–1 in House of Representatives. Legislation will reauthorize and improve operations of Federal Helium Reserve in Texas. Under current law, Reserve, holding approximately 30% of global helium supply, would cease operations as early as fall; U.S. users of helium acquire much of it from refining companies associated with Reserve. Senate hearing on bill is scheduled for May 7. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers of updates to ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2.

May 8, 2013

Under approval of ANSI, Hydraulic Institute is seeking participants to review updated Standard ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2 Rotodynamic (Vertical) Pumps of Radial, Mixed, and Axial Flow Types for Nomenclature and Definitions.  Standard covers vertical turbine, mixed flow, axial flow vertical diffuser, submersible motor deepwell, and short-set pumps. Vertically suspended and overhung impeller types are also included. Institute is assembling canvass list of interested parties, to be submitted to ANSI. Read More

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EPA releases revised Bristol Bay Assessment.

May 8, 2013

Available for peer review follow-up and public comment, revised version of Bristol Bay Assessment includes updates following initial peer review and public comment period of draft released May, 2012. Some key changes to assessment include: refinement and better explanation of mine scenarios assessed; appendix describing methods to compensate for impacts to wetlands, streams, and fish; and information on potential transportation corridor, including analysis of potential diesel pipeline spills. Read More

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ASTM announces approval of conductor tensile strength test method.

May 8, 2013

ASTM B986, Test Method for Determination of Tensile Strength for Stranded Conductors by Mass Method, has been approved. It is designed for use in electronics and aerospace industries to validate tensile strength specification requirements for electrical conductors. Developed by subcommittee B01.02 on Methods of Test and Sampling Procedure, standard provides accurate way to determine tensile strength, according to Stephen Childers of IWG High Performance Conductors, Inc. Read More