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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

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for December 2012.

December 27, 2012

According to December 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, 22% of participants believe that economic activity will improve during next 3 months, up from 19% in November, and 29% expect activity to decline, down from 36% in November. Metalforming companies also forecast uptick in incoming orders, with 33% anticipating an increase, up from 28% in November, and 28% predicting decrease in orders, down from 33% in November. Average daily shipping levels continued to remain fairly steady in December. Read More

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ASTM requests papers for pesticide symposium.

December 26, 2012

Papers are invited for 34th Symposium on Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems: Translating Basic Science into Products. Scheduled for October 22-24, 2013, symposium is based on the concept that the foundation of innovative products comes from basic science or ideas. Papers are requested on topics such as advances in seed coating technology or seed treatment; encountering resistance and ways to overcome it; old pests - new solutions; regulatory updates; and biological control agents. Read More

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EPA and NSF support research for safer chemical design.

December 26, 2012

U.S. EPA, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, announced two funding opportunities for up to 10 grants totaling up to $32 million. These two Requests for Applications, "Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis" and "Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle", will support research to create chemicals that are safer for people and the environment. RFAs are now open for submissions. Read More