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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

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Broadband Forum notes milestones at Q4 2010 meeting.

December 20, 2010

Broadband Forum's Q4 2010 meeting celebrated industry milestone of 500 million broadband subscribers and included publishing of 11 technical reports. New specifications ranged from IPv6 to TR-069 Software Module Management to DSL Quality Management, while white papers on Unified MPLS and hybrid fiber-copper solutions for 4th Generation Broadband (4GBB) were introduced. Also, delegates from over 200 companies elected Christophe Alter of France Telecom Orange as Chair of Technical Committee. Read More

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Papers Invite Issued for ASTM oxygen-enriched atmosphere symposium.

December 20, 2010

Papers are being sought for Thirteenth International Symposium on Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres, which will be held September 19-21, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Providing forum for exchange of ideas, symposium asks for papers with focus on improving safety for manufacturing, safe use and current research conducted related to oxygen, oxygen-enriched atmospheres, and non-oxygen oxidizer systems. Read More

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ASTM to sponsor workshop on total hip replacement devices.

December 17, 2010

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, workshop on Metal-On-Metal Total Hip Replacement Devices will be held May 17, 2011, in Anaheim, CA. Workshop will focus on unmet standardization needs and help establish test practices for characterization of adverse local tissue reactions, wear/corrosion, analysis of retrieved implants, and in-vitro testing of implants under adverse conditions. Online registration for workshop closes May 11. Read More

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GEMI Announced Union Pacific to be its newest member.

December 17, 2010

GEMI announced Union Pacific Railroad as its newest member company. Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific Vice President of Safety, Security, and Environment, expressed eagerness towards collaborating with GEMI members "to improve our role as an environmentally responsible freight transportation leader." On behalf of GEMI, Membership Chair Lindell Sneed welcomed Union Pacific Railroad and said it will be an excellent addition whose participation "will enrich the organization as a whole." Read More

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ASTM Member's Petroleum Manual wins Dudley Award.

December 17, 2010

Salvatore J. Rand, Ph.D., a petroleum industry consultant, has received the 2010 Charles B. Dudley Award for Manual 1, Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products: 7th Edition. Award commemorates society's first president and recognizes meritorious contributions to ASTM literature. An ASTM International fellow and member since 1983, Rand has been active in ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants for years and is the developer of 2 ASTM Technical and Professional Training courses. Read More

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NIST announces funding for 9 research projects.

December 17, 2010

NIST announced total of more than $22 million in funding for 9 research projects targeting innovative manufacturing technologies in fields ranging from biopharmaceuticals and electronics to renewable energy sources and energy storage. Funded by NIST's Technology Innovation Program, awards will be matched by other funding sources and are expected to result in an estimated $46 million in new advanced manufacturing research over next 3 years. Read More

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DOT's Aviation Child Safety Points are not adequate to NTSB.

December 17, 2010

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said federal advisory panel recommendations dealing with child safety in aviation are a step in the right direction but do not go far enough. "We appreciate the FAAC acknowledging the dangers associated with children flying on their parents' laps," Hersman stated, "but we would have preferred to see the FAA be mandated to require that every person including our youngest children be restrained appropriately for their age and size." Read More

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NASA partners with Colorado in technology initiative.

December 16, 2010

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. participated in Space Act Agreement signing ceremony at Colorado State Capitol Building to promote commercialization of technology developed for space program. NASA's agreement with CAMT created a Technology Acceleration Program and Regional Innovation Cluster for Aerospace and Clean Energy. Manufacturing park focused on rapid new product development and production will be developed to assist growing Colorado businesses. Read More

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Aviation Industry recognized for climate change contributions.

December 16, 2010

At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th Conference of the Parties, international aviation industry was recognized for its commitment to address climate change. Aviation industry has committed to 1.5% per year fuel efficiency gains annually, carbon neutral growth from 2020, and halving aviation's net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005. While succession agreement to Kyoto protocol was not signed, states made progress needed to finish UNFCCC's work next year. Read More