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Voluntary Standards cover vacuum cleaners, emergency procedures.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 8, 2013 Helping designers and manufacturers create safe and effective vacuums, ASTM F655-11, Standard Specification for Test Carpets and Pads for Vacuum Cleaner Testing, provides construction details, replacement procedures, and selection criteria. Also available, ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011, Emergency Procedures for Construction and Demolition Sites, helps make demolition contractorsáaware ofásteps needed to safeguard worker health and safety at job site prior to demolition job.
ASTM International launches leadership program.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 8, 2013 ASTM International has launched the Leadership Connection initiative, whicháaims to raise awareness regarding opportunities available for hands-on leadership experience that can position individuals for career growth. Program emphasizes how professionals can leverage their ASTM membership and involvement on standards-developing committees to enhance critical communications skills;ástrengthen conflict resolution, team building, and negotiating skills;áand improve organizational skills.
USA Construction Industry adds 30,000 jobs in December.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
January 8, 2013 According to January 4 employment report by U.S. Labor Department, U.S. construction, nonresidential building construction, residential building, and residential specialty trade contractor sectors all added jobs since December 2011. Heavy and civil engineering construction sector lost 700 jobs for month but added 400 jobs during 2011. Across all industries,áUSA added 155,000 jobs; private sector expanded by 168,000 jobs, and public sector shrunk by 13,000 jobs.
EPA Announces CAA Settlement with Wisconsin utility.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
January 8, 2013 According to settlementáannounced by U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) will invest ~$300 million in pollution control technology, payá$1.2 million civil penalty, and spend $6 million on environmental mitigation projects to resolve Clean Air Act (CAA) violations. Settlementárequires 2 power plants –áPulliam plant in Green Bay, WI and Weston plant in Rothschild, WI –áto comply with emission rates and annual tonnage limitations.
EPA releases first set of chemical draft risk assessments.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
January 8, 2013 EPA released for public comment draft risk assessments, for particular uses, on 5 chemicals found in common household products, which may impactápeople’s health and the environment. Developed as part of agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan, draft risk assessments address DCM and NMP in paint stripper products, TCE as a degreaser and spray-on protective coating, ATO as a synergist in halogenated flame retardants, and HHCB as fragrance ingredient in commercial and consumer products.
NREL to help convert methane to liquid diesel.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
January 8, 2013 NREL will help develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel,áwhich could reduceágreenhouse gasáemissions and lower dependence on foreign oil. Every molecule of methane vented to atmosphere has global-warming capacity of 12 molecules of carbon dioxide. Consortium of scientists says that if wasted gas can be turned into liquid, it can be piped to refineries where it can be turned into diesel suitable for trucks andácars, or even jet fuel for use ináplanes.
FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aerospace medicine.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
January 8, 2013 The January/February 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing covers key issues that affect medical certification for pilots, discusses pilot's role in this process, and explains FAA's responsibilities. Articles in this issue include: understanding what your medical can do for you, how to fast track your medical certificate with FAA's online MedXPress system, what pilots should know about refractive eye surgery, and how the FAA evaluates drugs for aeromedical use.
CES to kick off in Las Vegas.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 8, 2013 The Consumer Electronics Show will be kicking offáin Las Vegas and NAM is at the convention center talking with member companies and policy makers. Owned by NAM member Consumer Electronics Association, CES will enable consumers and customers to see manufacturers' innovation leadership up close and personaláináproducts ranging from semi-conductors to home appliances. NAM is going to highlight from CES floor all week how manufacturers are leveraging technology.
ANSI Welcomed 10 New Members in December 2012.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 7, 2013 In December 2012, ANSIágained 10 new members: AES Engineering LLC, ComRent International, FASTORQ, Hoodz of Downtown Chicago, Pall Life Sciences, Pepsico Inc., Providence Health & Services, Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute, SVI International Inc., and Virtual Inc. Institute's constituency works together to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems.
Proposed Field of ISO Technical Activity to focus on innovation.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 7, 2013 AFNOR, French member body to ISO,áproposed new field of technical activity on innovation process, witháfocus on interaction, tools, and methods. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal byáFebruary 8, 2013. Technical activity will involve development of international standards establishingácommon terminology of innovation, increasing awareness ofáIP issues, and integrating sustainable development issues into larger process structure.
Award-Winning PV Cell pushes efficiency higher.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
January 7, 2013 Scientists in the III-V Multijunction Photovoltaics Group at NREL and its industry partner, Solar Junction, won R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for world-record multijunction solar cell. This 3-layered cell, SJ3, converted 43.5% of energy in sunlight into electrical energy — a rate that has stimulated demand for cell to be used in CPV arrays for utility-scale energy production. Recently, that record of 43.5% efficiency at 415 suns was eclipsed with 44% efficiency at 947 suns.
IPC EXPO to offer free educational sessions.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 7, 2013 Scheduled for February 19-21, 2013 at the San Diego Convention Center, IPC APEX EXPO« will offer 7 free BUZZ sessions tackling hot topics that have electronics industry buzzing. Industry’s top technical experts on subjects ranging from automotive and new technologies to conflict minerals, export controls, and technology roadmaps will provide insights into timely issues surrounding each of these BUZZ-worthy topics.
NAM Comments on December Employment Report.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 7, 2013 In his post regarding December Employment Report by Bureau of Labor Statistics, NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutrayánoted that manufacturing sector added 25,000 net new workers – strongest monthly gain since March. This contrasts recently released ADP figures, which foundá6 straight months of declining manufacturing employment.áDuring 2012, manufacturers hired additional 180,000 workers on net, or 10% of all nonfarm payroll jobs created this year, and this growth was slower than hoped.
ANSI EESCC requests input on energy efficiency standardization.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 4, 2013 As part of its efforts to set roadmap for energy efficiency within built environment, ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) is soliciting input regarding relevant standards, codes, guidelines, and conformance programs that are available or under development as well as perceived gaps in energy efficiency standardization and conformance activities thatácurrently exist. Information may be submitted via available online forms.
ANSI Announces Schedule for spring member and IPRPC meetings.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 4, 2013 In 2013, ANSI spring member meetings will include all-day Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee (IPRPC) meeting on April 2, morning IPRPC meeting and afternoon Company Member Forum (CMF) meeting on April 3, morning CMF meeting and afternoon Joint Member Forum (JMF) meeting on April 4, and morning Organizational Member Forum (OMF) meeting on April 5. All events will be held in Arlington, VA; topics and venue will be revealed atálater date.
BSA 2013 Annual Convention to promote perseverance.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
January 4, 2013 Registration is open for BSA 2013 Annual Convention, which will take place May 4–7 in Hilton Head, SC.áWe’re All in This to Win features speakers selected to help attendees' companies persevere in recovering economy.áBringing together leadership of authorized bearing distributors and manufacturers, event offers networking opportunities along withábusiness program tailored for attending industry leadership. Schedule also includesáindustry updates and BSA's Conference Table Session.
AIA Calls for Permanent, Bipartisan Solution to sequestration.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
January 4, 2013 In her statement regarding failure to fix sequestration in fiscal cliff deal, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said "More than 2 million Americans across all sectors of the economy will lose their jobs starting in 57 days if our political leaders fail to fix the self-inflicted wound of sequestration." Blakey continued, saying this 2 month delay does not eliminate uncertainty facing business leaders and warfighters and urged Congress and President Obama to findápermanent solution.
BIO Comments on Extension of biofuel tax credits.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 4, 2013 BIO thanked Congress for including extensions and modifications of Second Generation Biofuel Producer Credit and Special Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property in final passage of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which will incentivize investment in cellulosic and algae biofuel production. BIO's Brent Erickson also thanked Congress for enabling algae producers to qualify andánoted "Stability in such policies is crucial to maintaining private investment."
Chair and Vice Chair Have Been Appointed to NAM's NPASC.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 4, 2013 NAM National Public Affairs Steering Committee (NPASC) namedá2 new leaders for 2013: Chris Brescia,áVP of government affairs at RockTenn, will serve as NPASC chair, while Marc Steven Scarduffa, VP of U.S. government relations at Pfizer Inc., will serve as vice chair. Duties during their 2-year term include leading NPASC in developing public affairs activities to support pro-manufacturing policies with policymakers as well as coordinating advocacy efforts among manufacturers.
Manufacturers say true fiscal problems must be addressed.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 3, 2013 NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after Congress passed legislation to address the fiscal cliff: "While the legislation passed by Congress contains some positive tax provisions for manufacturers, entitlement and wasteful government spending are not touched. Until these issues are dealt with, our nation will continue to have the same fiscal challenges. Manufacturers want and need a pro-growth strategy to maintain our economic leadership globally."

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