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NIST announces plan to sponsor first cybersecurity FFRDC.

May 3, 2013

To help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence address industry's needs more efficiently, NIST will sponsor its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center. FFRDCs are independent nonprofit organizations that operate in public interest and provide a highly efficient way to leverage and rapidly assemble physical resources and scientific and engineering talent, both public and private. They have no bias toward any particular company, technology, or product. Read More

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RIA releases position on Florida HB 909.

May 3, 2013

RIA has announced its support of Florida House Bill 909, which addresses the practice of Assignment of Benefits. RIA believes that the use of an AOB is in the best interest of the policy holder, and any prohibition will result in delaying work needed for proper restoration of damage. Current language in HB 909 has the potential to allow insurance providers to remove the rights of consumers to assign benefits within policies and RIA recommends that this language be eliminated in its entirety. Read More

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IREC updates Model Interconnection Procedures for power grid.

May 3, 2013

IREC update to Model Interconnection Procedures addresses Pre-Application Report for developers, use of location-specific criteria during interconnections, establishing timeframes for technical criteria during Supplemental Review Process, and electronic signatures. Update also includes footnotes with key provisions and information on state alternatives. Procedures specify technical requirements, timeframes, fees, and review process for connecting renewable energy systems to utility grid. Read More

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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