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Carbon Black Standard is inspired by US EPA regulations.

December 21, 2010

ASTM D7662, Test Method for Carbon Content in Carbon Black Feedstock Oils, stems from new US EPA regulations mandating greenhouse gas reporting in US carbon black industry. Applicable to commercial feedstock oils used to produce carbon black products in furnace or thermal process, standard will also be of use to contract laboratories. Measuring total carbon content of feedstock oils is important in calculating CO2 emissions, estimating process yield, or assessing product quality. Read More

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AIA urges passage of appropriations.

December 21, 2010

AIA agrees with comments by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warning that the department would suffer adverse consequences if Congress fails to pass a full defense appropriations bill as part of any funding package. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, asking DOD to manage its vast and complex operations under year-long continuing resolution would hurt efforts to meet needs that are sometimes unanticipated in wartime and could have adverse effects on defense industrial base. Read More

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AIA welcomes Aviation Advisory Committee's recommendations.

December 21, 2010

AIA is encouraged by recommendations presented to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood by the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. Several subcommittees recommended continued investment in the Next Generation Air Transportation System, as well as environmental research and development funding. Subcommittees also addressed a number of critical AIA priorities, including promoting development of sustainable alternative fuels and importance of STEM education. Read More

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IREC releases comprehensive report on net metering.

December 21, 2010

Titled "The Intersection of Net Metering and Retail Choice," IREC's report provides overview of policy, practice, and issues, detailing methodologies states use to accomplish net metering in competitive electricity markets. Net metering is a policy that enables electric customer's meter to spin backwards and is considered one of the most important, cost-effective policies to help owners of solar photovoltaic and other renewable systems recoup their investment. Read More

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NAM Says America COMPETES Act will improve competitiveness.

December 21, 2010

In his statement, made after Senate passage of America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116), NAM President and CEO John Engler expressed pleasure on behalf of manufacturers that the legislature is on its way to be signed into law. "Our economic future relies more than ever on our ability to innovate," said Engler, "and the reauthorization of the COMPETES Act will help manufacturers prosper in a globally integrated and highly competitive marketplace." Read More

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Manufacturers believe tax relief will spur economic recovery.

December 21, 2010

According to NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons, manufacturers are pleased that the House passed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 with no amendments. These much-needed incentives will spur investment, economic growth, and job creation. NAM has been a leader in advocating for these tax extensions, including the R/D credit, 100-percent expensing, and tax relief for small businesses. Read More

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Army Sustainability Policy adopts ASHRAE Standard 189.1.

December 21, 2010

US Army has made it policy to promote sustainability and improve green building standards for its facilities. On October 27, 2010, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of Army for installations, energy, and the environment (IE&E) issued a policy memorandum incorporating ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Net effects, given extended coverage, are expected to be significant. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 83.2% year-to-date.

December 21, 2010

According to AMT and AMTDA, October U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $387.13 million, which was down 2.5% from September but up 154.9% when compared to total of $151.86 million reported for October 2009. With year-to-date total of $2,477.06 million, 2010 is up 83.2% compared with 2009. All data in this report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program. Read More

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TIA commends Congressional vote on income and state taxes.

December 21, 2010

TIA expressed gratitude to members of U.S. House of Representatives that voted in favor of extending tax cuts and restoring lower-level estate tax with higher exemption amounts. Organization has been actively lobbying in support of specific estate tax provision for several years. According to TIA Executive VP Roy Littlefield, TIA members will not have to worry about previously onerous levels of estate tax when their own estate is passed on to spouses, sons, and daughters. Read More

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EPA and ECHA sign agreement to enhance chemical safety.

December 21, 2010

The U.S. EPA and European Chemicals Agency have announced a partnership that will promote technical cooperation on chemical management activities. Partnership was formalized through statement of intent and was highlighted at Transatlantic Economic Council meeting. Statement puts in place a process for working together on issues of mutual interest including toxicity testing, hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, risk management tools, scientific collaboration, and information exchange. Read More

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National Standard reduces mercury emissions from gold production.

December 21, 2010

U.S. EPA standard is cutting emissions from gold ore processing and production facilities. Specifically, it aims to reduce annual mercury emissions by more than 75% from 2007 levels in an effort to limit amount of toxic material released into air and water. While this action sets first national standard for mercury air emissions from industrial gold production, it builds on progress made under Nevada's program for controlling mercury emissions from precious metal mining. Read More

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IPC releases revision A to IPC-2222 Design Standard.

December 21, 2010

Helping developers avoid common missteps that reduce board manufacturability, IPC-2222, Sectional Design Standard for Rigid Organic Printed Boards, has been expanded to include more information on board materials, such as relative costs, tolerances of board thickness, unsupported holes, and hole aspect ratios. Designers who use IPC-2222A can help ensure that the boards they design will meet requirements when they are manufactured. Read More

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NIST's Baldrige Award presented to 5 organizations.

December 21, 2010

On December 16, 2010, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Gary Locke presented Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Recipients included Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, MidwayUSA, AtlantiCare, Heartland Health, and Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center. Selected from 70 applicants, they were evaluated in seven areas during 1,000 hr of review and on-site visit by team of examiners. Read More

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Two Hydrogen Standards approved by ASTM gaseous fuels committee.

December 21, 2010

ASTM International Committee D03 on Gaseous Fuels approved 2 new standards for hydrogen fuel industry: ASTM D7650, Test Method for Sampling of Particulate Matter in High Pressure Hydrogen Used as a Gaseous Fuel with an In-Stream Filter, and ASTM D7651, Test Method for Gravimetric Measurement of Particulate Concentration of Hydrogen Fuel. Both address critical stakeholder needs for sampling and determination of particulate matter in hydrogen fuel used as fuel cell feed gas. Read More

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NEMA commends FERC approval of Midwest Transmission proposal.

December 21, 2010

Federal Energy Regulation Commission approved proposal that removes barriers to development of much-needed transmission that will deliver cleaner and cheaper energy to consumers across Midwest. Proposal, offered by Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. and its stakeholders, is intended to enable region to comply with energy policy mandates and to address reliability and economic issues affecting multiple transmission zones within region. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for December 2010.

December 20, 2010

According to December 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report, 40% of participants forecast improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, up from 20% in November, while 46% predict activity will remain unchanged, and 14% report that activity will decline. Metalforming companies also expect improvement in incoming orders for the next 3 months. However, 35% of participants report that shipping levels are below levels of 3 months ago. Read More

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SIAA Summit to explore mobile device and content delivery trends.

December 20, 2010

SIAA's 10th annual Information Industry Summit, to be held January 25-26, will address new business models, content delivery innovations, and top mobile technology trends. Keynote speakers will include Clare Hart, Marty Kahn, and Jonathan Knee and topics will cover emerging mobile devices, semantic technology, and social data revolution. Summit will also feature SIIA Previews, covering emerging content and content technology businesses, and announcement of CODiE(TM) Awards winners. Read More

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ASTM seeks presentations for Disputed Issues in Sensory Evaluation.

December 20, 2010

Scheduled for April 14, 2011, Myth Busting: Disputed Issued in Sensory Evaluation seminar will be held in conjunction with April 10-15 standards development meetings. Seminar will focus on variety of myths, including: sip tests are not predictive of larger consumption tests; older consumers cannot discriminate differences; flavor and texture are independent; discrimination testing should be conducted with naive consumers; and replications in analytical sensory tests are unimportant. Read More

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A&WMA Workshops to address Clean Air Act compliance.

December 20, 2010

AWMA will hold series of workshops throughout 2011 to provide environmental professionals with updated information on writing and submitting air quality permits, based on new and revised Clean Air Act regulations. Titled "Understanding Today's Clean Air Act Permit Programs," first workshop will offer discussion and hands-on training on permitting under National Ambient Air Quality Standards, New Source Review, PM2.5, 8-hour Ozone Standard, and Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule. Read More

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ISO Standards Projects are underway to develop safety symbols.

December 20, 2010

ASABE announces ISO approval of 2 projects to develop international standards for cautionary signs used on slow-moving vehicles (SMV). SMV standard would establish emblem as international symbol for slow-moving vehicles operated on public roads. Although used primarily on agricultural field equipment, it would also be applied to other machines/vehicles that travel at up to 65 kph. Speed identification symbol, used in combination with SMV emblem, would indicate max safe ground speed of equipment. Read More