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Technology Surge leads to reinstatement solar energy standard.

January 3, 2013

Surge in technology for solar and other alternative energy forms over past 10 years led to revision and reinstatement of ASTM E903, Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres. According to ASTM's Daryl Myers, "The increasing interest in this technology has been accompanied by a need to measure and report the optical properties of materials as weighted by various example or reference solar spectral distributions." Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for November 2012.

January 2, 2013

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.4% in November 2012 from November 2011, and bookings decreased 8.7% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.6% and rigid bookings fell 2.1%. Flexible circuit shipments in November 2012 were up 18.0%, and bookings were down 21.6% compared to November 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 10.2% and flex bookings were up 9.9%. Read More

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NREL names new executive.

December 28, 2012

NREL named Barbara Goodman as Associate Laboratory Director for Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Systems to replace Dale Gardner who is retiring at the end of the year. Goodman will join NREL's executive leadership team and be responsible for the laboratory's transportation and fuels research and development programs, including hydrogen technologies, vehicle systems, and biomass research. In addition, she will oversee National Bioenergy Center and National Advanced Biofuels Consortium. Read More

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EPA updates rule for pathogens in drinking water.

December 28, 2012

EPA's Revised Total Coliform Rule ensures that all of the approximately 155,000 public water systems in the U.S., which provide drinking water to more than 310 million people, take steps to prevent exposure to pathogens like E. coli. Under revised rule, public drinking water systems are required to notify public if test exceeds maximum contaminant level for E. coli in drinking water. Also, water facilities must assess system and fix potential sources and pathways of contamination. Read More

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NREL Study covers storage capacity of concentrating solar power.

December 27, 2012

According to report by NREL, storage capacity of concentrating solar power can add significant value to utility company's mix of energy sources. Study found that CSP with 6-hour storage capacity can lower peak net loads when sun isn't shining, enough to add $35.80/MWh to capacity and operational value of utility, compared to PV solar power alone, and even higher value when compared to CSP without storage. Net load is the normal load minus variable renewables such as photovoltaic and wind. Read More

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EPA Releases Update on ongoing hydraulic fracturing study.

December 27, 2012

Results from U.S. EPA's ongoing national study to understand potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources will be released in draft for public and peer review in 2014. EPA provided update that outlines work currently underway, including status of research projects that will inform the final study. Among information released are updates on 18 research projects and details on agency’s research approach as well as next steps for these ongoing projects and analyses. Read More

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EPA finalizes clean air standards for boilers and incinerators.

December 27, 2012

EPA finalized changes to Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that will achieve extensive public health protections by slashing toxic air pollution, including mercury and particle pollution, while at the same addressing feedback provided by industry and labor groups, increasing rule’s flexibility and reducing costs. As a result, 99% of approximately 1.5 million boilers in U.S. are not covered or can meet new standards by conducting periodic maintenance or regular tune-ups. Read More

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ASQ Survey shows supplier confidence, manufacturer apprehension.

December 27, 2012

According to ASQ's 2013 Manufacturing Outlook Survey, over 75% of suppliers are confident in their ability to meet customer needs in 2013, and one-third of respondents anticipate problem with supplier next year that would result in shortage of parts or services. Survey also questioned respondents about 2013 financial outlook: nearly 65% anticipate revenue increase in 2013, and 70% say they experienced revenue increases in 2012. Read More