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ASTM Invites Participation in SLAB recycling standards meeting.

Press Release Summary:

November 21, 2012 - Meeting on Dec. 3, 2012 in Washington, D.C. from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm will be held to discuss potential for developing standards for spent lead acid battery (SLAB) recycling. One mechanism to improve safety of SLAB recycling is to develop international performance standards that any facility can meet and any generator or handler of SLABs can require of their downstream processors. Neutral forum will allow private and public sectors to work together to develop consensus standards program.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

Original Press Release

Interested Parties Invited to ASTM International Organizational Meeting on Standardization for Spent Lead Acid Battery Recycling

Press release date: November 7, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.–ASTM International will hold an organizational meeting on Dec. 3, 2012, to discuss the potential for developing standards for spent lead acid battery recycling. The meeting will be held at the General Services Administration (GSA) facility in Washington, D.C., from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register for the meeting go to www1.astm.org/MEETINGS/organizational-agenda.html.

The unsafe recycling and disposal of spent lead acid batteries (SLAB), including those found in conventional motor vehicles, can result in harm to human health and the environment. One mechanism to improve the safety of SLAB recycling around the world is to develop international performance standards that any facility can meet, and that any generator or handler of SLABs can require of their downstream processors.

Potential users of these standards include manufacturers and recycling facilities (to measure performance and demonstrate compliance to customers and industry partners), the GSA (to ensure environmentally sound government recycling of SLABs), and users and mechanics (to ensure environmentally sound recycling of SLABs from their operations and customers and to demonstrate compliance to customers and industry partners).

ASTM stands ready to accommodate this new standardization initiative.  Involvement from all interested parties is critical to guide the direction of this new activity. ASTM’s neutral forum will allow the private and public sectors to work together to develop a consensus standards program.

ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

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.

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ASTM Organizational Meeting: Dec. 3, 2012, General Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

ASTM Staff Contact: Pat Picariello, Phone: 610-832-9720; ppicariello@astm.org
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org

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