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U.S. EPA Regulations lead to ASTM carbon black standard.

August 12, 2010

U.S. EPA has set forth regulations that mandate greenhouse gas reporting in U.S. carbon black industry. These regulations were the impetus for development of ASTM International standard, ASTM D7633, Test Method for Carbon Black Carbon Content. Standard may be adopted into U.S. and Canadian greenhouse gas regulations, and may also eventually be adopted by other national environmental agencies, including those of EU countries that already have greenhouse gas reporting requirements. Read More

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ISASecure Certification is ANSI pilot accreditation program.

August 12, 2010

Recognizing and promoting cyber-secure products and practices, formal pilot accreditation program is based on requirements of ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) ISASecure(TM) Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification program. Agreement between ISCI, ANSI, and ACLASS establishes ANSI/ACLASS as Accreditation Body for organizations that provide product certifications in accordance with ISASecure EDSA conformance scheme as well as ISO/IEC Guide 65. Read More

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Defense Department Efficiency Measures are welcomed by AIA.

August 12, 2010

According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, "Defense Secretary Gates took a number of bold steps in his continuing effort to make the Defense Department and its acquisition system function more efficiently." Blakey specifically applauded plan to rationalize DOD resources via elimination of needless duplication, consolidation of IT infrastructure, and closing excess facilities. Simultaneously, Blakey was pleased that these steps exempt acquisition workforce from planned cuts. Read More

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ANSI announces recipients of Leadership and Service Awards.

August 12, 2010

Recipients of ANSI 2010 Leadership and Service Awards have been recognized for their significant contributions to national and international standardization activities, as well as ongoing commitment to their industry, nation, and enhancement of global voluntary consensus standards system. ANSI will honor these 24 distinguished award recipients during a September 22 ceremony held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2010. Read More

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EEMBC® Working Group to standardize DPI product evaluation.

August 12, 2010

EEMBC has announced formation of working group to create standardized method to evaluate performance of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) solutions. Testing approach will consider various threat vectors used in transferring infected payloads into network, and will standardize setup and certification methodology, as well as run and reporting rules. EEMBC's DPI benchmarks, called DPIBench, will play key role in evaluation of network processors that control devices performing DPI. Read More

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Lead Paint Testing Standard is approved by ASTM committee.

August 11, 2010

ASTM International has approved F2853, Test Method for Determination of Lead in Paint Layers and Similar Coatings or in Substrates and Homogenous Materials by Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Using Multiple Monochromatic Excitation Beams to help detect and quantify lead concentration in toys and other children's products. HDXRF test enables lead quantification separately for substrate and paint level in 5 minute measurement cycle. Read More

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ANSI calls for nominations for Institute's PCAC.

August 11, 2010

Nominations Committee of Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee seeks national experts in fields of personnel certification, accreditation, and policy development. Specific duties of membership include creating recommended policies and procedures for ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Program and determining accreditation status of certification bodies that have applied for initial accreditation or are undergoing their annual surveillance accreditation process. Read More

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ANSI-HSSP Plenary scheduled for November 9-10.

August 11, 2010

Taking place in Arlington, VA, ninth annual ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel meeting will focus on need for new or revised standards for aviation, border and maritime security, crisis management, and global supply chain security. Plenary will provide opportunity for homeland security, emergency preparedness, and business continuity communities to come together to discuss current issues and challenges, strategic approaches, recent successes, and future outlooks. Read More

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NTSB makes recommendations to European Aviation Safety Agency.

August 11, 2010

According to NTSB, European Aviation Safety Agency Certification Specifications for Large Aeroplanes CS-25 should be modified to ensure safe handling qualities in yaw axis throughout flight envelope, including limits for rudder pedal sensitivity (A-10-119). If adequate protection does not exist, EASA should require modifications, as necessary, to provide airplanes with increased protection from adverse effects of potential Aircraft-Pilot Coupling after rudder inputs at high airspeeds (A-10-120). Read More

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Warehouse Profitability Seminars will be offered in fall.

August 11, 2010

ASA Education Foundation has scheduled Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© introductory workshops will take place in Philadelphia, PA on September 21; Syracuse, NY on September 22; Westborough, MA on September 23; and Oakland, CA on September 29. Each summarizes Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© certificate course. In addition to full day's instruction, participants will receive course book and right to take final exam for Certificate of Completion. Read More

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Plains Pipeline to spend $41 million to prevent oil spills. .

August 11, 2010

Plains All American Pipeline and several of its operating subsidiaries have agreed to spend $41 million to upgrade 10,420 miles of crude oil pipeline operated in U.S. Settlement resolves Plains' Clean Water Act violations for 10 crude oil spills and requires company to pay $3.25 million civil penalty. As part of agreement, Plains must replace or install corrosion control equipment, perform pipeline inspections, assess integrity of newly acquired pipelines, and improve leak detection practices. Read More

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IEC Lord Kelvin Award to be presented to Jerome E. Dennis.

August 11, 2010

IEC has announced that Jerome E. Dennis is 1 of 3 recipients of 2010 IEC Lord Kelvin Award, given to members for outstanding contributions to global electrotechnical standardization. Dennis worked for 33 yr at Center for Devices and Radiological Health of FDA, where he had been agency's international expert in laser and optical radiation safety and safety standards. He has developed and presented training courses on Radiation Control Act and written numerous papers on laser safety standards. Read More

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HART® Communication Foundation releases WirelessHART seminar schedule.

August 11, 2010

WirelessHART® Communication in Process Industries seminars will be held between September 13 and October 28 in Calgary, Edmonton, Dallas, Houston, as well as in Huntington Beach, CA, and Bakersfield, CA. Seminars describe how users' requirements for monitoring and control applications are implemented in WirelessHART, and will also incorporate live demonstrations. Registration is required for seminar attendance. Read More

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IPC Conference explores forecasts, materials issues.

August 10, 2010

To help executives understand new industry paradigms and manage change, industry leaders and experts will come together at Electronics Industry Executive Summit: Ideas for a Bright Future in the New Electronics Industry, October 13-14 in Palm Springs, CA. IPC-sponsored event will reveal trends in critical areas such as materials, end markets, and disruptive technologies. It will also feature forecasts and industry analyses from experts on industry markets, technologies, and management. Read More

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Deadline for AE50 Award Nominations is September 10.

August 10, 2010

Nominations are still being accepted for Resource magazine's 2010 AE50 competition, sponsored by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. AE50 awards annually honor best in product innovation for agricultural, food, and biological systems. Winning entries receive write-up in Resource magazine, and some will be showcased at ASABE's Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference, held in conjunction with Ag Connect Expo, in January 2011. Read More

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Fertilizer Manufacturing Plant to make amends for violations.

August 10, 2010

As first case concluded under EPA's National Enforcement Initiative for Mining and Mineral Processing, CF Industries, Inc. will spend ~$12 million to reduce and properly manage hazardous wastes generated at its Plant City, FL manufacturing facility. This settlement resolves Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations and requires civil penalty payment of over $700,000 as well as $163.5 million in financial assurances to guarantee appropriate closure and long-term care for facility. Read More

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PMI 2010 Fall Meeting is themed "Taking Charge of Change.".

August 9, 2010

To be held October 3-6 at Liaison Capitol Hill, 2010 Fall Meeting will revolve around theme "Taking Charge of Change" and will focus on change to both PMI and plumbing manufacturing world. It will feature Fair Trade Issue Committee Meeting with presentation on U.S. industrial challenges in China related to conformity assessment. Event will also include Member Services Committee Meeting, run by crisis communications expert Marty Boyer, and presentations by experts from Bathroom Manufacturers Association. Read More

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Professional Certification Course is based on AAMA standards.

August 9, 2010

AAMA FenestrationMasters(TM) program, geared towards professionals in window, door, skylight, curtain wall, storefront, and sloped glazing industries, offers training content based on consensus-based AAMA standards. To gain certification, coursework is accessed through MyWindowClass.com. Required coursework, which covers subjects such as performance standards, product and material types, and code requirements, can be done at individuals' own paces via any computer with Internet access. Read More

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Joint NASA, ESA Mission to Mars selects science instruments.

August 9, 2010

NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) entered into joint program to explore Mars in coming decades and selected 5 instruments for first mission. These include Mars Atmosphere Trace Molecule Occultation Spectrometer, High Resolution Solar Occultation and Nadir Spectrometer, ExoMars Climate Sounder, High Resolution Color Stereo Imager, and Mars Atmospheric Global Imaging Experiment. ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, scheduled to launch in 2016, is first of 3 joint robotic missions to Mars. Read More

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NREL Seeks Proposals for PV Technology Incubator Program.

August 9, 2010

U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory seeks project proposals as part of DOE funding to accelerate commercialization of solar energy technologies. Photovoltaic (PV) Technology Incubator project fosters collaboration between US small businesses and NREL and other DOE laboratories and facilities. Funding is intended to focus attention on areas critical to scaling-up PV technology and meeting goals to reduce cost of PV-generated electricity and expand installed PV capacity by 2015. Read More