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EPA releases final health assessment for Tetrachloroethylene.

February 14, 2012

EPA posted final health assessment of tetrachloroethylene - also known as perchloroethylene, or perc - to EPA's Integrated Risk Information System. Used in dry cleaning and for cleaning of metal machinery, chemical solvent is considered a likely human carcinogen. Assessment provides estimates for cancer and non-cancer effects associated with exposure to perc over a lifetime. EPA has clean air standards for dry cleaners that use perc and has set limits for amount of perc allowed in drinking water. Read More

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SPE and RAPRA sponsor Pitch Your Science video contest.

February 14, 2012

Registration is open for RAPid Impact "Pitch Your Science" student video competition, which is designed to help students in post-secondary plastics programs develop skills needed to accelerate commercialization of products by effectively communicating novel technical concepts to scientifically untrained audience. Entrants may range from undergraduates to post-doctoral scholars at accredited schools in the U.S. and will be mentored by plastics professionals. Deadline for registration is May 31. Read More

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Voluntary Effort Makes Progress in reducing LCPFCs, PFOA.

February 14, 2012

U.S. EPA released interim results of voluntary effort by 8 chemical manufacturers to reduce emissions and use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LCPFCs), including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Daikin, DuPont, 3M/Dyneon, and Solvay Solexis have met intermediate goal of 95% reduction in global emissions and product content by 2010. Also, 150+ replacement chemicals have been developed. All 8 participating companies informed EPA that they are on track to phase out LCPFCs by 2015's end. Read More

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Manufacturers Claim Nuclear Energy is key to competitiveness.

February 14, 2012

In his statement on Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) approval of new Vogtle nuclear power plant, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons calls such a decision "a welcome step" towards affordable energy production and job creation in USA. Timmons continued, calling for continued development of nuclear energy while also urging NRC to "move forward with the streamlined licensing and permitting process to allow for the construction of additional plants throughout the country." Read More

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IPC testifies before U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

February 14, 2012

Mikel Williams, president and CEO of DDi Corp and chairman of IPC Government Relations Committee, testified before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs to underscore importance of clear and appropriate U.S. export controls on PCB designs for sensitive military technologies. Committee on Foreign Affairs held hearing to consider industry perspectives on export control reform, including proposals being contemplated by U.S. Departments of State and Commerce. Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses electric aircraft standardization.

February 14, 2012

Taking place March 28, 2012 in Lakeland, FL, International Workshop on Electric Aircraft Standardization will provide forum focused on discussing technical, standards, and conformity assessment issues that will facilitate certification in support of electric flight. Builders, innovators, and regulators will review certified electric aircraft in flight; investigate emerging safety/performance issues; and address technical standardization/research goals. Read More

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Roundtable Teleconference to discuss impact of EPA waiver.

February 14, 2012

On February 16, 2012 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST, executives from Advanced BioFuels Association (ABFA), Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), and BIO will discuss potential impact on advanced and cellulosic biofuel producers if EPA grants petition to retroactively waive 2011 cellulosic renewable volume obligation. Cellulosic Biofuel and the RFS teleconference is accessible via Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number. Read More

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ASTM Committee revises inventory verification standard.

February 14, 2012

ASTM E2132, Practice for Inventory Verification: Electronic and Physical Inventory of Assets, has been revised. Explaining in detail, E53.01 chairman Rick Shultz noted that one reason for revision was to eliminate noun/verb confusion with the term "inventory" by replacing instances of the verb form with "verification." Another revision introduces acceptance of electronic touch, or ping, as viable means to verify existence of asset within organization. Read More

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BIO World Congress to feature presentations on advanced biofuels.

February 13, 2012

Scheduled for April 29 to May 2, World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing will feature 6 breakout session tracks, and investor sessions that will allow executives to make 25-min presentations on their technology development and business models. Breakout tracks will include Advanced Biofuel Technologies, Algae and Feedstock Crops, Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials, Specialty Chemicals, Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering, and Technical Presentations. Read More

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NTSB Issues NPRM to revise rules on enforcement appeals.

February 13, 2012

NTSB issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment for amendments to 49 CFR parts 821 and 826, setting forth rules of procedure for NTSB's review of certificate actions taken by FAA and applications for fees/expenses under Equal Access to Justice Act. With respect to emergency determination proceedings, NTSB proposes inclusion of explicit language for evidence attachment; provision of releasable portion of Enforcement Investigative Report; and changes/updates to outdated rules. Read More

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SPE® Auto TPO Conference Organizers announce 2012 event dates.

February 13, 2012

Scheduled for Sept 30 to Oct 3, 2012, SPEĀ® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference will feature 40+ technical presentations, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and networking receptions, plus exhibits highlighting advances in engineered polyolefin materials, processes, and applications. Scope expands beyond rigid and elastomeric TPOs to include TPEs and TPVs. Call for papers has been issued, with abstracts due April 27 and non-commercial papers or presentations due July 31. Read More

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ASTM Standard preserves military sampling document.

February 13, 2012

ASTM E2819, Practice for Single- and Multi-Level Continuous Sampling of a Stream of Product by Attributes Indexed by AQL is a direct conversion of MIL-STD-1235B, Military Standard: Single- and Multi-Level Continuous Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes. ASTM E2819 establishes tables and procedures for applying 5 types of continuous sampling plans for inspection by attributes. Only changes made were done to satisfy requirements in ASTM's Form and Style for ASTM Standards. Read More

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ASTM Correctional Facility Committee names Mike Retford chairman.

February 13, 2012

Mike Retford, principal at AECOM's architecture practice in Orange, CA, has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee F33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities, which develops international standards for materials, products, assemblies, and systems used in construction and operation of detention/correctional facilities. A member of ASTM International since 2000, Retford has over 37 years of experience in architecture and has been a licensed architect for more than 28 years. Read More

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Valve Basics Course, Petting Zoo will take place March 6-7.

February 13, 2012

Valve Basics Seminar and Exhibits will he held at Hilton NASA Clear Lake in Houston and feature Valves and Actuators 101 course, which offers lessons about valves and systems they help control. Also featured, Valve Petting Zoo provides participants with hands-on experience regarding products discussed during course. Tabletop exhibition, held March 6 only, will showcase offerings from valve, actuator, and control manufacturers, suppliers to industry, and valve repair/service firms. Read More

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Broadband Forum Publication supports 4G/LTE mobile backhaul.

February 13, 2012

BroadbandSuite(TM) 6.0 Release enables service providers to evolve networks rapidly and effectively towards 4G/LTE networks. Service providers can introduce 4G/LTE networks simultaneously while migrating from existing legacy 2G and 3G mobile backhaul networks to converged network architecture based on IP/MPLS technology. BroadbandSuite(TM) 6.0 addresses network migration requirements with practical resources, specifications, test plans, and best practice documentation. Read More

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William Greenwalt joins AIA as VP of Acquisition Policy.

February 13, 2012

William Greenwalt brings extensive procurement public policy experience in both legislative and executive branches to the position. He was previously Deputy Director for Surveys and Investigations staff of House Appropriations Committee. As Director of Federal Acquisition Policy at Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2009 to 2011, Greenwalt was responsible for developing and implementing corporation's strategy with respect to government acquisition policy matters. Read More

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ASTM Cement Committee names Dr. Paul Tennis as chairman.

February 10, 2012

Paul D. Tennis, Ph.D., manager of cement and concrete technology at Portland Cement Association in Skokie, IL, has been named chairman of Committee C01 on Cement. Tennis works on several subcommittees within Committees C01 and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, and is also a member of Committee E60 on Sustainability. His professional interests are focused on improving performance and durability of concrete though research on concrete materials and concrete deterioration mechanisms. Read More

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NIST Report recommends privately led group for cybersecurity.

February 10, 2012

NIST released recommendations for new, privately led Identity Ecosystem Steering Group to tackle complex policy and technical issues necessary to create online environment where individuals and organizations will be able to better trust one another. NIST also announced its intent to issue a Federal Funding Opportunity for an organization to convene steering group and provide it with initial secretarial, administrative, and logistical support. Read More

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Paper Compilation addresses EA lubricant testing and use.

February 10, 2012

Available in print or as eBook, publication STP 1521, Testing and Use of Environmentally Acceptable (EA) Lubricants, includes 10 peer-reviewed papers concerning biobased lubricant fundamentals, industrial trends, applications, new test methods, and environmental policies. This collection is of use to those in agricultural, construction, forestry, lumber, and mining industries where involuntary or accidental fluid leakage or spillage is detrimental to environment. Read More

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Project Proposals Sought for improving trust in cyberspace.

February 10, 2012

NIST launched competition for pilot projects to accelerate progress toward improved systems for interoperable, trusted online credentials that go beyond user IDs and passwords. With planned awards totalling ~$10 million, competition will fund 5-8 projects running up to 2 years. NIST claims any Identity Ecosystem must satisfy specific core principles: they should be privacy enhancing and voluntary, secure and resilient, interoperable, cost effective, and easy to use. Read More