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NHA Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Conference showcases industry firsts.

May 4, 2010

Taking place May 3-6 in Long Beach, CA, NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo features auto manufacturers, hydrogen producers, and fuel cell and component manufacturers that are revealing news or new products. Fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen engine vehicles are available for rides and test-drives, and highlighted products will include Proton Energy Systems' electrolyzer platform, Linde's Ionic Compressor technology, and WEH Technologies' TK17 fueling nozzle. Read More

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RIA WLS Certification applauds actions of 6 professionals.

May 4, 2010

RIA recognized 6 professionals - Luc Caron, William Shawn Silliman, Jeffrey D. Owens, Scott Black, Brian T. Johns, and Johnathan B. Launder - with Water Loss Specialist (WLS) certification. As highest recognition awarded in cleaning and restoration industry to professionals engaged in water loss restoration, WLS certification emphasizes high levels of professionalism and training in water damage, drying and restoration, microbial remediation, and health and safety. Read More

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BIO Releases Keynote Session Statement for annual convention.

May 4, 2010

BIO released statement that 2010 BIO International Convention keynotes are open only to attendees with Full Convention or Full Daily Registration Access and special guests. Alternate programming is available for members of media. Running May 3-6, 2010, BIO International Convention is being held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Read More

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EPA Website on BP Oil Spill offers information to public.

May 4, 2010

EPA established website to inform public about spill's impact on environment and health of residents. It includes data from EPA's ongoing air monitoring, such as readings from air monitoring stations along Plaquemines Parish on Louisiana coast and mobile Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzers. Frequently asked questions, fact sheets about potential health impacts of spill, and links to more information on spill and government's response are also included. Read More

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RIA Awards Certification to professionals at Atlanta convention.

May 4, 2010

RIA has recognized 14 professionals with Certified RestorerSM certification at induction and awards ceremony during RIA convention. It is highest recognition awarded in cleaning and restoration industry to professionals engaged in property damage restoration as result of fire, smoke, water, and vandalism. To receive CR status, individuals must complete intensive educational requirements, author formal paper or report, and demonstrate knowledge/commitment to RIA Code of Ethics. Read More

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ASC Membership enables participation in standards development.

May 4, 2010

By joining Accredited Standards Committee Z136, individuals can participate in development and revision processes of Z136 laser safety standards. Membership on consensus body, referred to as the Committee, consists of organizations, companies, government agencies, and individuals and is open to anyone with direct interest in its activities. Majority of members belong to one or more of the standards and/or technical subcommittees where primary development and maintenance of standards takes place. Read More

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Northern California LIA Chapter heard climate change presentation.

May 4, 2010

On April 21st, Northern California LIA Chapter hosted 50 industry professionals to hear Dr. Ken Caldeira talk on climate change and its impact on this world. Caldeira researches ocean acidification, climate effects of trees, intentional climate modification, and interactions in global carbon/climate system. His presentation reviewed natural and man-made contributions to global warming, including scientific and socioeconomic perspectives of various options for dealing with said issues. Read More

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NAM VP Makes Statement on Senate derivatives bill.

May 4, 2010

Dorothy Coleman, NAM Vice President for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued a statement following Senate Agriculture Committee's markup of financial services reform legislation. Citing that "many manufacturers rely on over-the-counter derivatives to manage the risks of day-to-day business operations," Coleman noted that "We are encouraged that the bill...recognizes the importance of these risk management tools." Read More

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AASHTO Report calls for balanced livability approach.

May 4, 2010

Describing how full range of transportation options can improve livability throughout communities, The Road to Livability states DOTs are using every opportunity to tailor transportation projects to needs of communities with which they interact. States are also expanding options for biking, walking, and transit use as well as implementing road-related, livable policies such as revitalizing urban centers, building local economies, and preserving historic sites and scenic country roads. Read More

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Clean Tech Investor Sessions to be held during BIO World Congress.

May 3, 2010

Scheduled for June 28-29, BIO's Clean Tech Investor Session Program will be held during 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in Washington, DC. Executives from emerging industrial biotechnology companies seeking investment and partnering opportunities will present their new technologies, accomplishments, milestones, value propositions, and business cases for advanced biofuels and renewable chemical platforms. Read More

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DOE announces $529 million loan to Fisker Automotive.

May 3, 2010

Department of Energy announced closing of $528.7 million loan with Fisker Automotive for development and production of 2 lines of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Loan will support the Karma, a full-size, 4-door sports sedan, and a line of family oriented models being developed under Project NINA program. Fisker expects to manufacture hybrid lines at recently shuttered GM factory in Wilmington, DE, and anticipates that it will employ 2,000 American assembly workers. Read More

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IPC Apex Expo 2010 honors best industry posters.

May 3, 2010

During IPC APEX EXPO, IPC announced 2010 Best Industry Posters. Tied for first place honors were Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., National Physical Laboratory, and David Lee, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. In addition, EXPO held academic poster competition with 10 posters highlighting research being conducted at college level. Attendees voted on top 3 posters, with first-place honors going to Pylin Sarobol, Aaron Pedigo, P. Su, J.E. Blendell, and C.A. Handwerker, Sc.D., from Purdue University. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2010 Attendance points to end of recession.

May 3, 2010

Verified attendance figures from IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 indicated 10% increase over last year, with 3,702 attendees. In total, 6,683 attendees and exhibitors participated. Increased participation was also seen in technical conference, professional development courses, and executive management meetings. According to Aqueous Technologies Corp. President Michael Konrad, "This year's show hailed a visible end to the recession with crowded aisles and buying customers." Read More

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Medical Glove Standards to help prevent infection transfer.

May 3, 2010

Task group within Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products has begun development of standards for use of antimicrobial agents on gloves to prevent direct/indirect transport of infectious microorganisms. One such standard, WK27438, Specification for Antimicrobial Medical Gloves, includes several determining characteristics concerning antimicrobial efficacy on medical gloves' surface. Primary users will be glove manufacturers, antimicrobial suppliers, and contract test laboratories. Read More

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EPA aims to cut mercury emissions from boilers.

May 3, 2010

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing proposals that would cut U.S. mercury emissions by more than half and would significantly cut other pollutants from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators. These pollutants include several air toxics which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health problems and environmental damage. When fully implemented, proposals would yield combined health benefits estimated at $18-$44 billion annually. Read More

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Use of Data-Driven Systems analyzed for aviation safety.

May 3, 2010

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said that using data to manage and improve safety in aviation industry has had positive effect on world's aviation safety record. However, she also cautioned against over-reliance on said systems to the neglect of forensic investigation. Hersman thus called for a balanced approach that acknowledges potential benefits/limitations of SMS and does not discount methods for identifying vulnerabilities, such as accident investigations. Read More

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Proposed Textile Standard covers elastic/stretch properties.

May 3, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK27572, Test Method for Elastic/Stretch Properties of Textile Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D13.59 on Fabric Test Methods, General. Nike Inc. materials test engineer Kham Viengkham said that knowing yield point of material will enable designers to avoid garment failures such as sagging, bagging, and other fabric deformations. Proposed test method will also help determine how tight or compressive garment will feel. Read More

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Expo and Conference focuses on future of additive manufacturing.

May 3, 2010

During RAPID 2010 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition, top executives from companies pioneering use of additive manufacturing and 3D imaging in aerospace and defense, automotive, entertainment, games, medical, and sports and recreation industries will demonstrate innovations and vision for future of manufacturing. Attendees interested in discovering how these technologies can help cut costs and get products to market faster can hear from more than 50 speakers and visit more than 75 exhibitors. Read More

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EPA Urban Community Funding to protect watersheds.

May 3, 2010

As part of Urban Waters Initiative, US EPA has made up to $600,000 in grants available for eligible entity to establish and manage national competitive urban watershed small grants program and provide technical services. Successful applicant would support capacity building projects in urban communities that will lead to environmental, public health, and economic benefits. Initiative is designed to help communities access, restore, and benefit from their waters and surrounding land. Read More

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EPA Web Tools inform public about clean water enforcement.

May 3, 2010

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching set of web tools, data, and interactive maps to inform public about serious Clean Water Act violations in their communities. Web page provides interactive information from EPA's 2008 Annual Noncompliance Report, which pertains to about 40,000 permitted Clean Water Act dischargers across the country. Report lists state-by-state summary data of violations and enforcement responses taken by states for smaller facilities. Read More