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NAM Chair Mary Andringa to promote business success via policy.

October 13, 2010

Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation, has been elected chair of NAM Board of Directors and will begin her 2-year term on January 1, 2011. She plans to pursue policies that promote successful business environment, domestically and globally. Also, she cited tax relief, energy, trade, health care, labor, infrastructure, and education as priorities in need of focus in order to continue to create manufacturing jobs and foster competition within global market. Read More

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Serious Runway Incursions Halved for second straight year.

October 13, 2010

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that serious runway incursions at US airports have dropped 50% from 2009, marking second consecutive year that number of serious incursions was halved. Babbitt also announced that Runway Status Lights system, which delivers direct warnings to pilots of potential runway incursions or collisions, has completed successful testing period at Boston's Logan Airport. Read More

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ASTM Standards Compilation focuses on oxygen system fire hazards.

October 12, 2010

ASTM Standards for Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems, offered in CD-ROM or bound format, features 23 ASTM standards that address fire hazards in oxygen systems, including safe practices in design, materials selection, storage, handling, and operations. While serving as resource for those involved in production or use of liquid or gaseous oxygen or oxygen-enriched gas mixtures, compilation also complements ASTM Manual on Safe Use of Oxygen and Oxygen Systems (Manual 36). Read More

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MHEDA Journal emphasizes online networking.

October 12, 2010

As online magazine for issues regarding material handling equipment industries, MHEDA Journal extends opportunities for readers to engage with its content via social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube) integration and blogs. MHEDA Media blogs, available directly from magazine's homepage, include regularly updated MHEDA Journal Editor's Blog as well as one written by newcomer to industry that highlights experiences in learning about material handling and MHEDA. Read More

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Registration Is Open for 2011 NHA Conference and Expo.

October 12, 2010

Scheduled to take place in Washington, DC from February 13-18, NHA Conference and Expo will bring together leaders in hydrogen and fuel cell industry with policy makers, educators, and investors. Registration is open, affording opportunity to join fellow business leaders, researchers, exhibitors, and potential partners/customers. Program will feature 100+ speakers, 40+ conference sessions, and multiple side events that, together, ensure expansion of networks and knowledge. Read More

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DoD Appropriations Bill on hold until Congress reconvenes.

October 12, 2010

Congress adjourned without taking action on House version of Fiscal Year 2011 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which sources say contains provision directing DoD to conduct a defense industrial base assessment of printed board industry and its supply chain. A direct result of IPC's lobbying efforts, provision is a key step in ensuring future supply of secure defense electronics. When Congress resumes, IPC expects DoD Appropriations Bill to be finalized and signed by President. Read More

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EPA extends compliance date on spill prevention rule.

October 12, 2010

U.S. EPA is extending compliance date by 1 year for certain facilities subject to amendments to Spill Prevention and Countermeasure rule. Some facilities, such as offshore drilling, production, workover, and certain onshore facilities, will not be eligible for 1 year extension and will have to comply by November 10, 2010. Purpose of SPCC rule is to establish requirements for facilities to prevent discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. Read More

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Lead Producer to pay large fine for environmental violations.

October 12, 2010

US EPA, US Justice Department, and Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced that Doe Run Resources Corp. agreed to spend $65 million to correct violations of environmental laws at 10 of its lead mining, milling, and smelting facilities in southeast Missouri. This settlement will reduce lead pollution in immediate town as well as those nearby and encourage development of technologies and projects to improve environment in impacted communities. Read More

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Douglas Oberhelman elected vice chair of NAM Board of Directors.

October 12, 2010

Douglas R. Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar Inc., has been elected to 2-year term as vice chair of NAM Board of Directors. Beginning his term on January 1 of 2011, Oberhelman looks forward to working with manufacturers nationwide as well as policymakers to advance initiatives to make U.S. best country for manufacturing in terms of meeting needs of American and worldwide markets. NAM President and CEO John Engler praised Oberhelman's leadership and experience as a "great asset." Read More

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ASTM Standard qualifies non-destructive moisture meters.

October 12, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee F06.40 on Practices, part of ASTM International Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings, ASTM F2659 qualifies non-destructive moisture meters used in determining moisture levels in concrete, gypsum, and other types of floor slabs. Standard provides guidelines for how, where, and when such moisture meters are used and what limitations exist. It can be used by flooring installers, consultants and inspectors, and material manufacturers and suppliers. Read More

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Plastic Piping System Standard focuses on design calculations.

October 12, 2010

Currently in development, ASTM WK29237, Practice for Design Calculations of Close-Fit Liners, regulates design calculations used by engineers when designing close-fit liners for plastic pipe. This ASTM International standard, expected to cover circular and non-circular installations, will benefit practicing engineers as well as owners of rehabilitated pipelines. Interested parties are invited to participate in development of this new standard. Read More

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New ASTM Standard qualifies floor slab moisture meters.

October 11, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee F06.40 on Practices, ASTM F2659 qualifies which types of non-destructive meters are suitable for determining moisture levels in concrete, gypsum, and other types of floor slabs. It also provides guidelines for how, where, and when such moisture meters are used as well as what limitations exist. According to F06.40 member Sean Fallon, standard lets user take multiple tests in accelerated fashion and get instant readings across slab. Read More

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Commitments for Hanford Waste Cleanup sent to federal judge.

October 11, 2010

Jointly filed motion in U.S. District Court from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Washington State Department of Ecology asks court to approve and enter judicial consent decree that imposes new, enforceable, and achievable schedule for cleaning up waste from Hanford's underground tanks. Settlement also includes milestones in Tri-Party Agreement, which is an administrative order between DOE, Ecology, and U.S. EPA that governs cleanup at DOE's Hanford Site. Read More

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Federal Building Budgets and Plans revealed at FEDCon® 2010.

October 11, 2010

During FEDCon® 2010, officials from various federal agencies will present their construction budgets for current year and planned budgets for future years, discuss types of buildings to be designed, offer regional and international construction information, and provide overall direction of their design/construction programs. Keynote by Christopher Doyle, Director of DHS S&T IGD, will address importance of building security when designing high-performance buildings. Read More

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National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities funding halted.

October 11, 2010

While for over a decade National Institute of Building Sciences managed National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF), Department of Education awarded its federal fiscal year 2011-2014 grant for maintaining Clearinghouse to another entity. Due to Clearinghouse's wealth of knowledge, resources gathered in furtherance of safe and sustainable schools, and value provided to building and education communities, Institute is looking for ways to continue support of this program. Read More

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Program Details Revealed for 2010 biotech/bioenergy summit.

October 11, 2010

BIO announced speakers and sessions in breakout program for 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, held December 11-14 in Honolulu, HI. Specifically, featured sessions will address Hawaiian algae production systems development, cellulosic ethanol commercialization, engineering of biological systems, and challenges/opportunities of bio-products from bio-refineries. Speakers will also describe advancements in biotechnology for biofuels and renewable chemicals. Read More

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NIST Awards Grants for construction of 5 science facilities.

October 11, 2010

NIST awarded $50 million in grants to 5 institutions to support construction of new scientific research facilities. According to grantees, projects receiving funding under NIST Construction Grant Program (NCGP) will contribute to almost $133 million in new laboratory construction projects. US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said these grants will help US produce world-leading research in science and technology that will advance economic growth and international competitiveness. Read More

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U.S. FAA proposes new rules for helicopter operators. .

October 11, 2010

FAA's proposed rules for helicopter operators, including air ambulances, would require them to use latest on-board technology and equipment to avoid terrain and obstacles. Operators would also be required to follow certain procedures for flying in challenging weather, at night, and when landing in remote locations. Estimated cost of proposal for air ambulance industry is $136 million with total benefit of $160 million over 10 yr. Close of 90-day public comment period is January 10, 2011. Read More

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Building Energy Assessment Exam offered at 2011 AHR Expo.

October 11, 2010

Available from ASHRAE, Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification program will recognize individuals' ability to audit and analyze residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Specific areas of focus include determining project scope, collecting data, and analyzing building performance as well as interpreting results, evaluating alternatives, submitting recommendations for energy conservation measures, and assisting with implementation of said recommendations. Read More

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NIST Awards UMD $15 Million to support nanotechnology research.

October 11, 2010

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology will award 5-year cooperative agreement totaling $15 million to University of Maryland (UMD) to develop and implement Postdoctoral Researcher and Visiting Fellow Measurement Science and Engineering Program. This program will support development of nanotechnology by providing as many as 100 researchers with one- to two-year appointments at CNST. Positions are open to all qualified applicants. Read More