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ASABE Revises animal-drawn equipment lighting/marking standard.

January 9, 2013

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised ANSI/ASAE EP576.2, Lighting and Marking of Animal-Drawn Equipment, so that its scope includes specifications for pony carts; previous version contained recommendations only for animal-drawn wagons and buggies. Safety professionals, working with Amish advisory committees in several U.S. states, identified need to address use of low-profile pony carts that are commonly operated by children. Read More

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NREL to help convert methane to liquid diesel.

January 8, 2013

NREL will help develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel, which could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower dependence on foreign oil. Every molecule of methane vented to atmosphere has global-warming capacity of 12 molecules of carbon dioxide. Consortium of scientists says that if wasted gas can be turned into liquid, it can be piped to refineries where it can be turned into diesel suitable for trucks and cars, or even jet fuel for use in planes. Read More

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CES to kick off in Las Vegas.

January 8, 2013

The Consumer Electronics Show will be kicking off in Las Vegas and NAM is at the convention center talking with member companies and policy makers. Owned by NAM member Consumer Electronics Association, CES will enable consumers and customers to see manufacturers' innovation leadership up close and personal in products ranging from semi-conductors to home appliances. NAM is going to highlight from CES floor all week how manufacturers are leveraging technology. Read More

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FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aerospace medicine.

January 8, 2013

The January/February 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing covers key issues that affect medical certification for pilots, discusses pilot's role in this process, and explains FAA's responsibilities. Articles in this issue include: understanding what your medical can do for you, how to fast track your medical certificate with FAA's online MedXPress system, what pilots should know about refractive eye surgery, and how the FAA evaluates drugs for aeromedical use. Read More

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USA Construction Industry adds 30,000 jobs in December.

January 8, 2013

According to January 4 employment report by U.S. Labor Department, U.S. construction, nonresidential building construction, residential building, and residential specialty trade contractor sectors all added jobs since December 2011. Heavy and civil engineering construction sector lost 700 jobs for month but added 400 jobs during 2011. Across all industries, USA added 155,000 jobs; private sector expanded by 168,000 jobs, and public sector shrunk by 13,000 jobs. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover vacuum cleaners, emergency procedures.

January 8, 2013

Helping designers and manufacturers create safe and effective vacuums, ASTM F655-11, Standard Specification for Test Carpets and Pads for Vacuum Cleaner Testing, provides construction details, replacement procedures, and selection criteria. Also available, ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011, Emergency Procedures for Construction and Demolition Sites, helps make demolition contractors aware of steps needed to safeguard worker health and safety at job site prior to demolition job. Read More

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EPA releases first set of chemical draft risk assessments.

January 8, 2013

EPA released for public comment draft risk assessments, for particular uses, on 5 chemicals found in common household products, which may impact people’s health and the environment. Developed as part of agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan, draft risk assessments address DCM and NMP in paint stripper products, TCE as a degreaser and spray-on protective coating, ATO as a synergist in halogenated flame retardants, and HHCB as fragrance ingredient in commercial and consumer products. Read More

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EPA Announces CAA Settlement with Wisconsin utility.

January 8, 2013

According to settlement announced by U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) will invest ~$300 million in pollution control technology, pay $1.2 million civil penalty, and spend $6 million on environmental mitigation projects to resolve Clean Air Act (CAA) violations. Settlement requires 2 power plants – Pulliam plant in Green Bay, WI and Weston plant in Rothschild, WI – to comply with emission rates and annual tonnage limitations. Read More