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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

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Pro Mach raises profile at EXPO PACK Guadalajara.

January 21, 2013

Pro Mach family of companies has structured a custom partnership package with PMMI at EXPO PACK Guadalajara, debuting Feb. 27–March 1 at EXPO Guadalajara. Pro Mach’s sponsorship package includes the following: co-branded EXPO PACK Guadalajara/Pro Mach e-mail promotions to encourage prospects to register, attend, and visit Pro Mach’s booth at EXPO PACK Guadalajara; full-page ad in the Show Directory; and adding Pro Mach logo to several brand marketing opportunities. Read More

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NAM Names Chair of its Council of Manufacturing Associations.

January 21, 2013

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman has taken over as chair of NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) to serve one-year term. According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, Harman "will provide outstanding leadership to the CMA's efforts to advance pro-growth policies." Timmons cited her career highlights, such as successful and skillfull navigation of complex policy issues in Washington as well as her record of effective issue advocacy. Read More

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RIA transfers Certified Fabric Specialist program to ARCS.

January 21, 2013

The Board of Directors of RIA has voted to transfer ownership and administration of its Certified Fabric Specialist certification program to the Association of Rug Care Specialists, effective January 21, 2013. CFS is the nation’s only certification program that focuses on the advanced technical study of fabrics and upholstery, with an emphasis on the history of various cleaning and repair techniques, and potential cleaning problems based on fabric’s origin and construction. Read More