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IREC supports FERC's proposed modifications.

January 22, 2013

Proposed modifications announced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to agency's Small Generator Interconnection Procedures lay the groundwork for facilitating a more efficient interconnection process for small renewable generators, while maintaining safety and reliability. If finalized, changes would reflect all modifications recommended by IREC in response to a petition from the Solar Energy Industries Association to initiate a rulemaking. Read More

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Titanium Industry Experts will examine global demand and supply.

January 22, 2013

Selected by International Titanium Association (ITA), dozen top international titanium industry leaders will offer their candid insights on consumption trends for said metal during panel discussions at TITANIUM EUROPE 2013. Conference will be held March 5–7 in Hamburg, Germany. Moderated by TITANIUM EUROPE's Conference Chair Markus Holz, Demand and Supply forum will feature participants analyzing application, material, and market segments to provide inside business knowledge. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers polyester composition floor tile.

January 21, 2013

ASTM F2982, Specification for Polyester Composition Floor Tile, covers a new type of resilient flooring tile product that is based on a polyester binder. Among requirements detailed in ASTM F2982 are materials and manufacture information, mechanical properties, and dimensions/permissible variations. Performance Requirements section covers deflection; dimensional stability; resistance to chemicals, heat, and light stability; and static load limit. Read More

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ASC pushes for bipartisan TSCA reform in new Congress.

January 21, 2013

With opening of 113th Congress, ASC again took its message of the need for a bipartisan solution to the reform of Toxic Substances Control Act to offices of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Kay Hagan (D-NC). In discussion, it was emphasized that complexity of TSCA will require that concerned parties find common ground in modernizing legislation and that TSCA reform legislation proposed in prior Congress did not address critical issues regarding chemical assessments or took a step backwards. Read More

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Toxics Release Inventory shows air pollutants still on decline.

January 21, 2013

According to EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory report, total toxic air releases in 2011 declined 8% from 2010, mostly because of decreases in hazardous air pollutant emissions, even while total releases of toxic chemicals increased for second year in a row. Among HAPs showing decline were hydrochloric acid and mercury. Releases into surface water decreased 3% and releases to land increased 19% since 2010, with the latter due primarily to the metal mining sector. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses safety of glass used in furniture.

January 21, 2013

ASTM F2813, Specification for Glass Used as a Horizontal Surface in Desks and Tables, aims to minimize furniture-related injuries. Developed by Subcommittee F15.42 on Furniture Safety, standard covers performance requirements and test methods to ensure relative safety of glass used in furniture as primary or secondary surface on tables. Henry Chamberlain of F15.42 says "ASTM F2813 will provide assurance...that glass tops of tables and desks will be made of a safety glass product." Read More

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AAMA and WDMA release updated industry review and forecast.

January 21, 2013

AAMA and WDMA jointly released December 2012 update to 2011/2012 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast, which delivers timely information on window, door, and skylight market trends. New residential construction for 2012 is expected to show 23.9% improvement compared to 2011, and for nonresidential construction, total volume is expected to end at 4.5% increase for entry doors, and 5.2% increase for interior doors. Growth rate for residential skylights is expected to be 6.5% over 2011. Read More

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ANSI/HI Standard addresses rotodynamic pump intake design.

January 21, 2013

ANSI/HI 9.8–2012 Rotodynamic Pumps for Pump Intake Design enables designers, owners, and users to configure functional pumping facility designs and provides remedial measures for problem intakes. Flowchart serves as guide to use of standard and can be used to locate appropriate sections. In addition to rectangular, formed suction, unconfined, and trench-type intakes, standard covers circular pump stations, pump suction tanks, and circular plan wet pit for solids-bearing liquids. Read More