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
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
ASTM International has launched the Leadership Connection initiative, which aims to raise awareness regarding opportunities available for hands-on leadership experience that can position individuals for career growth. Program emphasizes how professionals can leverage their ASTM membership and involvement on standards-developing committees to enhance critical communications skills; strengthen conflict resolution, team building, and negotiating skills; and improve organizational skills. Read More
AFNOR, French member body to ISO, proposed new field of technical activity on innovation process, with focus on interaction, tools, and methods. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by February 8, 2013. Technical activity will involve development of international standards establishing common terminology of innovation, increasing awareness of IP issues, and integrating sustainable development issues into larger process structure. Read More
Scientists in the III-V Multijunction Photovoltaics Group at NREL and its industry partner, Solar Junction, won R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for world-record multijunction solar cell. This 3-layered cell, SJ3, converted 43.5% of energy in sunlight into electrical energy — a rate that has stimulated demand for cell to be used in CPV arrays for utility-scale energy production. Recently, that record of 43.5% efficiency at 415 suns was eclipsed with 44% efficiency at 947 suns. Read More
Scheduled for February 19-21, 2013 at the San Diego Convention Center, IPC APEX EXPO® will offer 7 free BUZZ sessions tackling hot topics that have electronics industry buzzing. Industry’s top technical experts on subjects ranging from automotive and new technologies to conflict minerals, export controls, and technology roadmaps will provide insights into timely issues surrounding each of these BUZZ-worthy topics.
In December 2012, ANSI gained 10 new members: AES Engineering LLC, ComRent International, FASTORQ, Hoodz of Downtown Chicago, Pall Life Sciences, Pepsico Inc., Providence Health & Services, Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute, SVI International Inc., and Virtual Inc. Institute's constituency works together to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More
In his post regarding December Employment Report by Bureau of Labor Statistics, NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray noted that manufacturing sector added 25,000 net new workers – strongest monthly gain since March. This contrasts recently released ADP figures, which found 6 straight months of declining manufacturing employment. During 2012, manufacturers hired additional 180,000 workers on net, or 10% of all nonfarm payroll jobs created this year, and this growth was slower than hoped. Read More