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November 28, 2008 - With implementation of new regulations for power plants and resulting increased demand for testing of fossil fuels and plant emissions, ASTM is sponsoring "Coal Chemistry Technician Training" course. Class will focus on 40 ASTM coal characterization standards that are used everyday worldwide, and is suited for laboratory technicians and chemists, professionals new to testing, and anyone working in fossil fuel testing laboratories.

ASTM International Training Course on Coal Chemistry

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ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Dr., Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959

Press release date: November 25, 2008

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 25 November 2008-Implementation of new regulations for power plant emissions and the resulting increased demand for testing of fossil fuels and plant emissions emphasize the importance of Coal Chemistry Technician Training, a Technical and Professional Training course sponsored by ASTM International. This new course focuses on 40 ASTM coal characterization standards that are used every day around the world.

Laboratory technicians and chemists, professionals new to testing, and anyone working in fossil fuel testing laboratories will benefit from this course. A B.S. in Chemistry or a Chemical Technician degree or equivalent with 3-5 years experience is recommended.

The course instructor is Dr. John T. Riley, professor emeritus from Western Kentucky University.

The course will be offered May 20-21, 2009, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Oct. 21-22, 2009, in Atlanta, Ga. Both classes will be held immediately following the semiannual meetings of ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke, which will be held May 17-20 and Oct. 18-21. Class participants are invited to attend the D05 meetings prior to the training classes. To pre-register for the D05 meetings, visit

The class attendance fee is $795 and includes course notes, a copy of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 05.06: Gaseous Fuels, Coal and Coke, and refreshment breaks. Students also receive 1.4 continuing education units. For a free brochure that includes registration and hotel information, contact Eileen Finn, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa. (phone: 610-832-9686; fax: 610-832-9668; or visit the ASTM home page.

This course can be tailored to your company's needs and can be brought by ASTM International to your site. Call Scott Murphy (phone: 610-832-9685; for details.

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.
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