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NAM Comments on Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling.

July 12, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling "a dramatic moment in our nation's history" but added that work remains to be done in order to reduce rising health care costs. Citing 97% of manufacturers that offer "generous health benefits," Timmons called escalating health care costs biggest obstacle in continuing such practices. Cited alternatives included legal liability reform, purchasing insurance across state lines, and preventive medicine focus. Read More

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Clean Cookstoves Guidelines could help save lives.

July 12, 2012

ISO International Workshop Agreement IWA 11:2012, Guidelines for evaluating cookstove performance, is backed by international consensus and takes first step towards defining criteria for clean, efficient, and safe cookstoves. In addition to fostering common understanding of how to define and verify clean stoves and fuels among all affected countries and stakeholders, document encourages innovation to find better cooking solutions as well as foster their adoption. Read More

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Smart Grid Products can curb electrical grid reliability issues.

July 12, 2012

In light of the most recent grid reliability failures from the June 29 storm in the Washington, D.C. region, it is important that local and national governments address this issue. Products are currently available to increase grid reliability and expedite power restoration. These Smart Grid products can and should be put into play now. On Thursday, July 12, electrical equipment manufacturing industry CEOs will be available for interview at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. Read More

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FDNY Live Fire Tests help improve fire department tactics.

July 12, 2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing property losses, members of New York City Fire Department spent much of the first 2 weeks in July setting fire to 20 abandoned townhouses on Governors Island. In series of live burn experiments, conducted in collaboration with NIST and UL, firefighters challenged conventional wisdom on, and tested new tactics for, controlling fires and rescuing occupants inside burning homes. Read More

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Peter Lane wins Award of Merit for oil spill response work.

July 12, 2012

Peter Lane received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response. ASTM International member since 1979, Lane is serving his third term as chairman of Committee F20 and acts as secretary of Subcommittee F20.11 on Control and Chair of F20.94 on Long Range Planning and Coordination. Lane played key role in development of several F20 standards related to oil spill containment booms. Read More

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ASTM honors John R. Mario with Award of Merit.

July 12, 2012

John R. Mario, forensic scientist IV, drug chemistry section, at Suffolk County Crime Laboratory in Hauppauge, NY, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences. Mario is chairman of Subcommittee E30.92 on Terminology and has been ASTM Committee E30 representative to Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs since 1998. A member of ASTM since 1996, he received Committee E30 Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Read More

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NIST Co-Sponsored Manufacturing Day to focus on jobs and growth.

July 12, 2012

To be held October 5, 2012, Manufacturing Day will highlight importance of manufacturing to economy and availability of high-skill jobs in related fields. Event is initiative of Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), part of NIST and FMA. Founders invite companies and organizations to hold open houses, public tours, and career workshops at their facilities. Also, manufacturers will be introduced to business improvement resources and services available via MEP centers nationwide. Read More

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BIO Responds to Criticism of Navy's biofuels demonstration.

July 12, 2012

BIO's Brent Erickson issued statement supporting Navy's demonstration of advanced biofuels during Rim of the Pacific international naval maneuvers. Calling oil refinery industry's criticisms of said demonstration meritless, Erickson cited dangers of depending on foreign oil as well as associated costs. According to Erickson, BIO supports U.S. Navy's "strategically important" decision to support "viable, cost-competitive alternatives to foreign oil." Read More