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2009 Industrial/Toxics Release Data is publicly available.

July 29, 2010

EPA is making Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data available via its website as well as TRI Explorer and Envirofacts tools. Database contains environmental release and transfer data on nearly 650 chemicals and chemical categories reported by 21,000+ industrial and other facilities between January 1 and December 31, 2009. Representing over 80% of data expected to be reported for 2009, preliminary dataset lets communities find out about releases and transfers of chemicals at local level. Read More

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FMA offers update of metal fabrication training resource.

July 29, 2010

Third edition of Metal Fabrication - A Practical Guide serves as basis for comprehensive training curriculum in metal fabrication, and is suited for classroom and on-the-job instruction programs. Book covers shop mathematics, blueprint reading, metallurgy, layout methods for precision fabrication, shop safety section, and basic machine operations. New to edition are topics on laser cutting and waterjet cutting, expanded section on plasma cutting, and review questions at end of each chapter. Read More

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Product Safety Group seeks to strengthen information sharing.

July 29, 2010

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s working group on consumer product safety intends to advance a program to improve information sharing and promote cooperation among enforcement authorities worldwide. Specifically, group will tackle 10-point action plan to include short-, medium-, and long-term actions to promote consumer product safety nationally and internationally. First initiative is to create global recalls database. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover attic ladders and biometrics.

July 29, 2010

American Ladder Institute released ANSI-ASC A14.9-2010, Safety Requirements for Disappearing Attic Stairways, which prescribes rules for design, construction, and use of permanently installed metal or wood disappearing attic stairways in household or commercial settings. Recently published ANSI X9.84-2010, Biometric Information Management and Security for the Financial Services Industry, provides guidance on use of biometrics in transaction-based systems. Read More

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Biofuel Trade Associations express support for tax policy.

July 29, 2010

As Congress takes action on tax incentive packages, advanced biofuel trade associations reemphasized importance of advanced biofuels as opportunities for U.S. to reduce reliance on oil and create green jobs. BIO, ABFA, and Algal Biomass Organization thanked Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) for introducing legislation that would make algae and other second-generation biofuels eligible for cellulosic biofuels production tax credit and create optional investment tax credit. Read More

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ANSI-Hosted Israel and China Delegations meet in Washington DC.

July 28, 2010

ANSI hosted SII representatives on July 12, 2010, in meeting that included discussions on U.S. standards strategy and StandardsPortal, as well as topics of interest to ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel. On July 13, Ministry of Commerce of The People's Republic of China officials visited ANSI's headquarters for meeting led by ANSI's Joe Bhatia. StandardsPortal was also covered here and attendees discussed possible opportunities for future collaboration in standards and conformance. Read More

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Proposed Plan hopes to double US exports in 5 years.

July 28, 2010

Along with 2 other organizations, NAM proposed approach to double US exports in 5 years. Each organization will outline policy changes needed to improve market access and level playing field in competitive global market. Essential points include enacting pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea; pursuing new trade agreements; and reducing non-tariff barriers. Infrastructure investments and trade facilitation initiatives are also recommended. Read More

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NAPSO forms identity verification standard consensus group.

July 28, 2010

As a result of meeting held July 12-13, 2010, North American Security Products Organization announced launch of consensus body supporting creation of American National Standard to define minimum standards for proof and verification of personal identity. Critical work of consensus body is guided by scope statement that defines goals of project. Based upon this scope, work will include development of ANS and implementation guidelines. Read More

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Inhomogeneous Materials Workshop focuses on transition toughness.

July 28, 2010

To be held in San Antonio, TX on November 17, workshop on Evaluation of Ductile-to-Brittle Transition Toughness of Inhomogeneous Materials will present information to support specific acceptance criteria and requirements for standardizing treatment of material inhomogeneity with ASTM E1921. Additionally, presentations on evaluating material inhomogeneity using master curve approach will be sought. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to address PCRs for building products.

July 28, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 11, 2010, workshop titled Product Category Rules for Building Products: Building the Infrastructure for Environmental Product Declarations will explore activities underway in development of PCRs and EPDs and chart the course ahead. Participants will take a look back at accomplishments over past year and develop work plan of prioritized needs for continued PCR development. Workshop will close with working session targeting specific issues and modeling upcoming work. Read More

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June 2010 PCB Industry Report shows continued overall growth.

July 28, 2010

June 2010 findings of IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program indicate that rigid PCB shipments and bookings were up compared to June 2009, year-to-date, and to previous month, with book-to-bill ratio of 1.12. Flexible circuit shipments and bookings were up in general, but bookings declined from May 2010 and book-to-bill ratio stood at 1.15. Ratio was 1.12 for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined. If over 1.00, ratio is positive indicator for sales growth over next 2-3 months. Read More

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Conference to discuss what military needs from EMS providers.

July 28, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 15, 2010, IPC Conference for the North American EMS Industry will help Electronics Manufacturing Services companies understand what the military needs from them, important steps they need to take to comply with government restrictions, and how to obtain proper certifications to become an in-demand supplier. Some presentations will include insights from military OEM; strategies for controlling counterfeit parts; and ways to navigate complexities of ITAR and EAR compliance. Read More

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ANSI Meeting details conformity assessment initiatives.

July 28, 2010

On July 13, ANSI held its third annual Client Day meeting, which brought together more than 50 representatives from ANSI-accredited and applicant product and personnel certification programs. Discussions included updates on government policies affecting certifications; international developments relating to IAF, ILAC, and PAC; and revisions to accreditation standards. Listening session enabled participants to provide comments, suggestions, and feedback about accreditation process. Read More

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ASTM International Johnson Conference addresses the asbestos debate.

July 28, 2010

Presentations are invited for 2011 ASTM International Johnson Conference titled, The On-Going Asbestos Debate: What We're Learning after a Quarter Century of Johnson Conferences. Presentations are solicited on, but not limited to: medical research, dose/response, toxicology; sampling, exposure assessment, and risk characterization; environmental monitoring and remediation; international and domestic analytical methods; litigation and science; and asbestos analysis and quality assurance. Read More

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IPC revises SMT design and land pattern standard.

July 28, 2010

IPC has released IPC-7351B, Generic Requirements for Surface Mount Design and Land Pattern Standard, with updated guidance on requirements of land pattern geometries used with SMT electronic components, as well as design recommendations for achieving best possible solder joints. It also has new component families and lead forms that include microminiature flat-lead and no-lead components. Padstack standard naming convention and IPC-7351B Land Pattern Calculator(TM) on CD-ROM are included. Read More

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IPC and Canon Communications open Electronics Midwest registration.

July 27, 2010

Electronics Midwest will take place in Rosemont, IL, September 28-30, 2010, with online registration now open. Opening session, Designing Electronics for Tomorrow and Manufacturing with Sustainability in Mind, will be presented by Carol Handwerker, Sc.D. Event will also include technical conference on electronics sustainability, 5 professional development workshops, and more than 70 standards development meetings, as well as live working assembly line on show floor. Read More

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AIA urges Congress to pass NASA Authorization Act of 2010.

July 27, 2010

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA is pleased that the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Science and Technology Committee have completed work on their respective versions of the NASA authorization bill. Because many companies will be making staffing decisions for fiscal 2011 in the next month, a quickly completed NASA authorization bill is absolutely critical for health and future vitality of U.S. space industry. Read More

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ASHRAE names new distinguished lecturers.

July 27, 2010

ASHRAE named 10 Distinguished Lecturers who speak on topics that impact HVAC/R industry. Lecturers include ASHRAE President Lynn G. Bellenger, P.E.; Armando Chamorro, CTH Environmental Solutions; David John, P.E., Metal Industries; Bryant Lampley, P.E., Envirotrol; Apichit Lumlertpongpana, P.E., I.T.C. Co; Thomas Meyer, P.E., Praxis Green; James Newman, Newman Consulting Group; James Tauby, P.E., Mason Industries; Kecha Thirakomen, P.E., EEC Engineering Network; and R. Vijayakumar, Ph.D., Aerfil. Read More

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AIA urges Senate to ratify Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty.

July 27, 2010

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA welcomes President Obama's remarks urging ratification of U.S.-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty made in a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Ratification of treaties goes hand-in-hand with Obama administration's plan to modernize export controls, and is important for both national security and economic stability in the United States. Read More

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American Students win international rocket contest fly-off.

July 27, 2010

Student rocketeers from France, United Kingdom, and United States competed in Third Annual Transatlantic Rocketry Challenge. Four-member team from Penn Manor High School in Millersville, PA posted best score to win the international fly-off. Horsforth School in Leeds, England placed second and French team was unable to launch its rocket. Members of U.S. team include Brendan Stoeckl, Jordan Franssen, Nate Bernhardt, Tyler Funk, and team advisor Brian Osmolinski. Read More