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Web-Based Database makes energy technologies' costs transparent.

July 24, 2012

Transparent Cost Database (TCDB) app collects cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicles, and renewable fuel technologies and makes them available for utilities, policy makers, consumers, and academics. Technology cost and performance estimates can be used to benchmark company costs, model energy scenarios, and inform research and development decisions. Web interface lets user look at current estimates and future projections and filter data of interest. Read More

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US EPA Announces Clean Water Act agreement with Chattanooga, TN.

July 24, 2012

U.S. EPA, Department of Justice, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Office of the Tennessee Attorney General announced settlement with city of Chattanooga, TN. Civil penalty of $476,400 will be paid by Chattanooga, which will also make improvements to its sewer systems, estimated at $250 million, to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage. Chattanooga also agreed to implement green infrastructure plan and perform $800,000 stream restoration project. Read More

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LIA provides laser safety training and resources.

July 24, 2012

Laser Institute of America offers complete line of online and classroom-based laser safety training courses based on ANSI Z136 standards for personnel in research, industrial, and medical laser facilities. Classroom-based courses include: Industrial Laser Safety Officer, Medical Laser Safety Officer, Laser Safety Officer, and Laser Safety with Hazard Analysis. To complement online training courses, Evaluator system provides reliable way to double-check laser safety calculations. Read More

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Mark Granger.

July 24, 2012

Mark S. Granger, senior partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston, MA, has received Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities. Granger, who joined ASTM in 1994, has served as chairman of Subcommittee F08.15 on Ice Hockey since 2005. He has been a large contributor to standards for helmets and eye and face protective equipment for hockey players, and has organized mock trials highlighting issues related to use of ASTM standards in litigation. Read More

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SME awards gold, silver, and bronze status for chapter success.

July 23, 2012

SME announced winners of Annual Chapter Award Recognition, which were recognized for meeting standards of success set by SME's Chapter Enhancement Committee. Winners were awarded gold, silver, or bronze status based on 4 categories: advancement of manufacturing, merit, professional development, and communication to members and community. Requirements range from interaction with other chapters and community outreach to maintaining current websites and social media pages. Read More

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Industry Groups Contribute Educational Programming to PACK EXPO.

July 23, 2012

With its "Educate. Innovate. Advance." theme, 2012 Conference at PACK EXPO will offer packaging and processing professionals actionable insight into trends and issues driving industry. Event will be held in conjunction with PACK EXPO International 2012, from October 28-31 in McCormick Place, Chicago. Keeping with customer-centric approach to delivering innovation, multiple conference sessions will be offered that address attendees' specific areas of interest. Read More

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NEMA urges action on pending "fiscal cliff".

July 23, 2012

NEMA called on Congress and White House to rise above partisanship to find common ground to avoid "fiscal cliff" threatening nation's economy, solvency, defense, and vital operations. The "fiscal cliff" is a perfect storm of tax, spending, and debt deadlines at the end of 2012. Private economists and bipartisan Congressional Budget Office have warned that simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts at beginning of 2013 could push economy back into recession. Read More

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HI Updates Guideline for allowable operating region standard.

July 23, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI) updated 1997 edition of ANSI/HI standard on allowable operating region for centrifugal and vertical pumps and published ANSI/HI 9.6.3 - 2012 Rotodynamic (Centrifugal and Vertical) Pumps - Guideline for Allowable Operating Region. Updated guideline discusses effects of operation at flow rates greater or less than flow rate at best efficiency point. It also defines preferred operating region and allowable operating region for rotodynamic pump types. Read More