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EPA Announces Winner of building energy conservation competition.

May 3, 2013

By demonstrating 52% energy use reduction, Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield, NJ won EPA's 2012 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition. Over 3,000 schools, businesses, and government buildings across USA competed to see which could reduce its energy use by most in one year. Together, this year's competitors cut energy costs by $50+ million, saved 3+ billion kBtus of energy, and reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions equal to amount of electricity used by 43,000+ homes. Read More

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EPA Proposal targets power plant toxic pollutants discharge.

May 3, 2013

In accordance with consent decree and in line with requirements under Clean Water Act, U.S. EPA will propose options to help reduce dangerous pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, lead, and selenium, released into America's waterways by coal ash, air pollution control waste, and other waste from steam electric power plants. Proposal includes options for whether and how said waste streams should be treated, and EPA will take comments on all of these options to help inform most appropriate final standard. Read More

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NEMA Solid State Lighting Standard addresses compatibility.

May 3, 2013

NEMA SSL 7A-2013 Phase Cut Dimming for Solid State Lighting: Basic Compatibility provides compatibility requirements when forward phase cut dimmer is combined with one or more dimmable LED Light Engines (LLEs). Using synthetic loads and waveform generators to represent products, to reduce testing burden, standard also provides power supply current requirements for LLE and digital dimmer compatibility. It is suited for global use and is available in physical and electronic copies. Read More

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Manufacturers welcome nomination of Penny Pritzker.

May 3, 2013

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement on the nomination of Penny Pritzker for secretary of commerce. Penny has partnered with manufacturers on important initiatives to address nation's critical need for skilled workers and understands the severity of the skills gap. NAM is looking forward to working with Penny on policies to increase trade promotion, reduce tariffs, reform export control system, and improve enforcement of trade rules. Read More

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Handbook details steps for preserving biological evidence.

May 3, 2013

The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers, by NIST and the National Institute of Justice, provides forensic laboratories and law enforcement agencies with guidelines for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve cold cases, confirm guilt of criminals, or exonerate the innocent. Handbook is divided into 5 main sections: retention, safe handling, packaging and storing, chain of custody and tracking, and disposition. Read More

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ANSI President Signs MoU to support U.S.-Ecuadorian cooperation.

May 2, 2013

Formalizing standardization activities cooperation commitment, ANSI and Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalización (INEN), Ecuador’s national standards body, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in support of greater U.S.-Ecuadorian cooperation. Under this agreement, ANSI and INEN will work to develop mutually supportive positions related to international standardization, encourage dialogue between Ecuadorian and U.S. experts on standards activities, and exchange senior management visits. Read More

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Demand Bumps Up WESTEC Expo Date to October of 2013.

May 2, 2013

While previously scheduled as spring 2014 event, WESTEC will now take place October 15–17, 2013 at Los Angeles Convention Center due to increased industry demand and participant feedback. Christine Longroy, WESTEC event manager, noted American manufacturing sector's "renewed strength and economic vitality" and expressed desire to capitalize on this progress. Moving event up to fall of 2013 from Spring of 2014 was deemed necessary; exhibitors and attendees agreed. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2013.

May 2, 2013

According to March 2013 findings from IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, total North American PCB shipments and bookings were down 2.1% and 2.3%, respectively, from March 2012. Year to date, PCB industry shipments and bookings were down, respectively, 4.4% and 5.1%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments and bookings saw respective increases of 20.0% and 22.2%. Book-to-bill ratio for North American PCB industry continued to strengthen in March, reaching 1.08. Read More