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Manufacturing Optimism declines due to increased uncertainty.

July 12, 2012

According to NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers, manufacturing has been slowing over past few months. For second quarter in a row, majority of respondents identified unfavorable business climate as their primary challenge, up from 62.2% to 64%. Survey results showed that 46.4% of respondents identified rising energy and raw material costs as a top challenge. Number of respondents who are somewhat or very positive about their company's outlook dropped from 88% to 83%. Read More

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NASA, U.S. Forest Service to highlight wildfires and science.

July 11, 2012

NASA and U.S. Forest Service signed Space Act Agreement to raise awareness about importance of fire prevention and fire safety. Specifically, partnership will highlight areas of common interest in wildfires, forest and plant growth research, and materials science. Views of smoke plumes and fire damage to communities from 240 miles above bring perspectives of effects of wildfire and value of careful forestry resource management to people worldwide. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 set record pace.

July 11, 2012

Exhibit space sales for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 are more than 30% ahead of the 2011 expositions at same time in show cycle. Co-located shows will take place March 4-8, 2014, with CONEXPO-CON/AGG focusing on construction industries and IFPE focusing on fluid power/power transmission/motion control. New for 2014 is a virtual priority space selection: all exhibitors submitting space application and deposit by August 15 deadline can take part in selecting their exhibit space. Read More

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U.S. announces Clean Air Act settlement with Wisconsin utility.

July 11, 2012

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice announced Clean Air Act settlement with Dairyland Power Cooperative that will cover utility's 3 power plants in Alma and Genoa, WI. DPC has agreed to invest approximately $150 million in pollution control technology that will protect public health and resolve violations of CAA. Settlement will also require that DPC spend $5 million on environmental mitigation projects and pay civil penalty of $950,000. Read More

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Standard to specify process for manufacturing viral kill step.

July 11, 2012

Proposed standard, ASTM WK36552, Practice for Inactivation of Retrovirus by pH, is being developed by Subcommittee E55.04 on General Biopharmaceutical Standards, part of ASTM International Committee E55 on Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products. Standard will provide important process step to be used in manufacture of protein-based drugs, such as antibodies and fusion proteins, made to inactive retroviruses. Read More

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Passage of Surface Transportation Bill is positive step forward.

July 11, 2012

AEM President and CEO Rusty Fowler issued statement following votes in U.S. House and Senate to pass surface transportation bill. According to Fowler, this long overdue legislation is critical to market certainty and economic growth. He stated, "The comprehensive infrastructure investment our country needs requires a long-term strategic vision and a well-structured, sustainable funding mechanism in order to be effective." Read More

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ANSI announces details for World Standards Week 2012.

July 11, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 9-12, 2012, World Standards Week brings together members of standards and conformity assessment community in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Updated information is available for this year's Open Forum, Legal Issues Forum, and Networking Breakfast and Student Workshop. In addition, New Member Orientation has been added to lineup on Wednesday, October 10. Pre-registration is required for all events and is available on World Standards Week website. Read More

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Rare Earth Minerals Standards Meeting to be held Aug 15, 2012.

July 11, 2012

ASTM International will host organizational meeting, on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm EST, for establishment of standards activity on rare earth minerals. At planning meeting held May 16, potential standards topics including REM characterization, efficiency of manufacture, and safety (chemical, physical, and shipping and handling) were outlined. Society will accommodate initiative with forum including private and public sectors in standards development process. Read More