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EPA Proposal strengthens oil spill preparedness and response.

January 15, 2015

To address issues raised by various parties during 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, U.S. EPA proposes amending requirements under National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). Proposed Subpart J revisions deal with product toxicity and efficacy test methodologies, toxicity and efficacy criteria, human health and safety information requirements, area planning requirements for chemical and biological agent use authorization, and dispersant monitoring requirements. Read More

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NTSB's Most Wanted List highlights rail tank car safety.

January 15, 2015

NTSB's Most Wanted List for 2015 addresses need for rail tank cars that carry crude oil, ethanol, and other hazardous material across the country to do it more safely. Also new to list of top 10 areas that need safety improvements are: requiring that transportation operators be medically fit for duty; strengthening commercial trucking safety; and requiring pilots to strengthen procedural compliance. Distraction and impairment are still key issues, and both are on the list again this year. Read More

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ATA and Healthy Trucker expand Healthy Fleet Challenge.

January 15, 2015

American Trucking Associations announced it is expanding its relationship with Healthy Trucker and expanding the Healthy Fleet Challenge to all its member companies. Starting now, ATA's companies can not only compete with each other, but on behalf of the United States against fleets in Canada, making the challenge a truly international effort to energize the industry to get and stay healthy. Read More

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Butanol Purity Testing Standard approved by ASTM committee.

January 15, 2015

ASTM D7875, Test Method for Determination of Butanol and Acetone Content of Butanol for Blending with Gasoline by Gas Chromatography, will be used in isobutanol manufacturing to test its purity for use in chemical and fuel markets. Developed by Subcommittee D02.04.0L on Gas Chromatography Methods and based on annex in ASTM D7862, this standard will be primarily used by isobutanol manufacturers and laboratories that work with fuels. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard links textiles, antimicrobial agents.

January 15, 2015

Proposed standard WK31901, Guide for Standard Test Methods and Practices for Evaluating Antibacterial Activity on Textiles, will aggregate information concerning textiles types treated with antimicrobial agents and ways each can be tested for performance response to antimicrobial activity. According to ASTM's Robert Monticello, guide will offer flexibility to develop specific test standard based on exact antimicrobial agent used and exact performance expectations of treated article. Read More

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AAMA Opens Registration for annual conference in Florida.

January 14, 2015

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) opened registration for AAMA 78th Annual Conference, which will take place February 15–18 in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Kenn Kington, professional comedian and motivational speaker, will serve both as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies for annual awards banquet, "Reflections from the Islands," on February 16. Optional Sunday events before conference include deep sea fishing trip, golf, and Everglades AirBoat ride and gator show. Read More

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BIO Welcomes Oregon's Vote to implement Clean Fuels Program.

January 14, 2015

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission vote to implement Oregon's Clean Fuels Program was deemed positive step for advanced biofuel producers and technology developers. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, this implementation "will provide a strong signal to the advanced biofuel industry that investments in producing cleaner fuels can pay off." Erickson applauded Oregon's work towards reducing carbon emissions within transportation sector and replacing foreign oil with biofuels. Read More

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New National Center will support transportation safety.

January 14, 2015

During annual meeting of Transportation Research Board, National Operations Center of Excellence was unveiled. NOCoE technical services center and website utilizes real-time proactive management techniques to improve safety and system reliability, combat congestion, and better serve traveling public. NOCoE will offer array of peer exchanges, webinars, assessments, on-call assistance, and training on topics such as integrated corridor management, active traffic management, and incident response. Read More

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ELFA Announcement details 10 equipment acquisition trends of 2015.

January 14, 2015

To assist businesses in planning acquisition strategies, ELFA revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2015 based on, according to ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, recent research data distilled from 2015 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook Report, industry participants’ expertise, and member input from ELFA meetings and conferences. Businesses are expected to find opportunities presented by steadily improving economy and favorable credit conditions. Read More

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ASTM offers free member and officer training.

January 14, 2015

ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. ASTM's upcoming course, New Member Orientation and Training, will be held on January 14 and February 12. On-demand tutorials on Electronic Balloting and Strategic Planning and New Activity Development are also available. Read More

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Torque Retention Standard addresses medicine cap tightness.

January 14, 2015

Understanding degree of torque needed for cap tightness is subject of ASTM Standard D7860, Test Methods for Measurement of Torque Retention for Child Resistant and Non-Child Resistant Packages with Continuous Thread Closures Using Automated Torque Testing Equipment. Results of tests can be used for package development and engineering evaluation. Standard will act as quality assurance aid, ensuring that caps are tightened to proper torque level. Read More

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BIO Conference to feature two U.S. representatives.

January 13, 2015

BIO announces discussion, Producing "21st Century Cures"—2015 U.S. Legislative Outlook, with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R - MI), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D - CO), Chief Deputy Whip, to take place on February 9, at the 17th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference. Conference program will also feature one-on-one conversations with leading biopharmaceutical executives and analysts, followed by interactive question and answer session. Read More

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ASTM President's Leadership Award Nominations are due February 1.

January 13, 2015

Nominations are being accepted for ASTM President's Leadership Award, which acknowledges inspiration and positive contributions of individuals who have significantly advanced ASTM's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision early on in their ASTM careers. In addition to descriptions of accomplishments, leadership, and commitment, nominations should include examples of achievements. Read More

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ASTM Seeks Nominations for Cavanaugh Memorial Award.

January 13, 2015

Nominations are being sought for the ASTM William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award, which acknowledges those of widely recognized eminence in standards system who have made extraordinary contributions to national and international voluntary standards. Title of honorary member is bestowed upon recipients, and nominees may or may not be ASTM members. Nominations are due by April 1, 2015. Read More

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Ronald Ebelhar elected Chairman of the Board.

January 12, 2015

Ronald J. Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, senior principal with Terracon in Cincinnati, Ohio, is this year's chairman of the ASTM board of directors. An ASTM member since 1980, Ebelhar is a past chairman of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock and several D18 subcommittees. He has served on the ASTM board since 2010. Read More

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BIO urges FDA to release guidance on biosimilars.

January 12, 2015

Biosimilars raise novel and complex questions of science and law that require updated legal and regulatory frameworks. BIO calls on the FDA to release final guidance on processes and scientific criteria for approval of biosimilars, outline its approach to naming and labeling, and clarify its conditions for determining biosimilar to be interchangeable with its reference biological. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2015 offers complimentary networking events.

January 12, 2015

IPC APEX EXPO 2015 attendees can upgrade their network and connect with peers in one place at one time at the San Diego Convention Center, February 22­­–26. Connections can be made in educational sessions, on the show floor, at receptions, and during many networking events, including: Global Welcome (by invitation); First-Timer's Welcome Meeting; show floor reception; Women in Electronics Networking Meeting; and awards luncheons. Read More

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AMT Names Tim Shinbara VP of Manufacturing Technology.

January 12, 2015

Bringing industry engineering and manufacturing technology experience, Tim Shinbara, who established industry niche via his additive manufacturing technologies knowledge, assumed position of Vice President – Manufacturing Technology at AMT on January 1, 2015. Speaking on his behalf, AMT President Douglas K. Woods noted Shinbara's representation for AMT on industry and government committees, panels, and boards as well as his work increasing AMT's technology image at speaking engagements. Read More

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AED President delivers strong message to Capitol Hill.

January 12, 2015

In letter outlining association's policy agenda for 114th Congress, AED President and CEO Brian P. McGuire urged swift, bipartisan action to spur economic growth and job creation. Association recommends key actions to make it easier for construction equipment distributors to succeed by reducing costs of doing business and expanding product markets, including AED's top priority—providing long-term certainty to federal highway program. AED also urged reinstating capital investment incentives. Read More

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GBMP Case Study in Lean improves material flow at BioM.

January 12, 2015

With funding from Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund grant, GBMP has been helping BiOM learn and apply lean principles and tools to match products with world-class production processes. They are leveraging lean to ensure quality, control costs, and improve delivery and customer satisfaction. In June 2014, BiOM held warehouse kaizen event, facilitated by GBMP Continuous Improvement Manager Dave Wesche, to improve material flow through receiving, incoming inspection, warehousing, and shipping. Read More