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ASTM aims to enhance safety for general aviation aircraft.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 12, 2012 ASTM announces formation of Committee F44 on General Aviation Aircraft, bringing together global stakeholders to work on a standards roadmap that will help transform the way smaller aircraft are manufactured and certified around the world. Formed in support of FAA's Part 23 ARC, Committee F44 will develop standards that address complexity and performance of general aviation aircraft, including design and construction, systems and performance, quality acceptance tests, and safety monitoring.
NEMA publishes standard for uninsulated conductors.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 12, 2012 NEMA published ANSI/NEMA WC 67-2012 Standard for Uninsulated Conductors Used in Electrical and Electronic Applications, which covers variety of conductor types, including single end and stranded, coated/uncoated copper, coated copper alloy, coated copper-clad steel, aluminum, and thermocouple extension conductors. These conductors are used primarily in insulated wires for aerospace, electrical, electronic, and other high performance applications.  
EPA and DOE Fuel Economy Guide examines 2013 models.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 12, 2012 U.S. EPA and Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with clear, understandable information to help choose most fuel-efficient and low-greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles that meet their needs. While 2013 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in various classes and sizes, this year is notable for growing availability of hybrids and increasing number of electric vehicles. Guide provides estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle.
2012 Environmental Justice Small Grants announced by EPA.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 12, 2012 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.2 million in competitive grants for 50 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Grants foster research, education, and development of solutions to local health and environmental issues in low-income communities burdened by harmful pollution. According to Lisa Garcia, these grants will be given to organizations in 26 states and Puerto Rico.
Annual Reports and Procedural Compliance Forms are due Jan 31.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 12, 2012 ANSI and its Procedures and Standards Administration department wish to remind all ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group administrators to ISO that Procedural Compliance Form issued via email and 2012 TAG Annual Reports must be submitted no later than January 31, 2013, to ANSI PSA department. Failure to submit these required documents by deadline may jeopardize organization’s status as an ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG and TAG Administrator.
IEC General Secretary addresses ANSI Board of Directors.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 12, 2012 On December 6 of 2012, Frans Vreeswijk, general secretary and CEO of IEC, noted increasing importance of standardization and conformity assessment in global marketplace. He also pointed out how standards still fail to appear on CEOs' radars. "Standards are a strategic instrument in competing for markets," he explained, "but leaders who do not have a technical background often fail to see how very critical standards and conformance are to their bottom line."
Equipment Finance Sector to surpass $740 billion in 2013.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
December 12, 2012 According to U.S. Equipment Finance Market Study 2012–2013, U.S. businesses and government agencies will finance over $742 billion in equipment acquisitions in 2013. Study indicates equipment finance sector emerged from Great Recession with finance volumes at all-time high, resulting from equipment investment growth and interest rate environment. Volumes are expected to expand moderately over next 12–18 months as investment growth is constrained by domestic/international uncertainties.
NREL teams with Berkeley Lab to analyze solar pricing trends.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
December 11, 2012 According to report titled, "Photovoltaic Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections," system prices in U.S. have been falling rapidly during past decade, and are likely to continue downward trend through 2012 and into 2013. Second report, "Benchmarking Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs for U.S. Photovoltaic Systems Using a Data-Driven Analysis from PV Installer Survey Results," shows total soft costs constituted 40-50% of residential and commercial PV prices in 2010.
NASA, GA-ASI Agreement expands unmanned aircraft capabilities.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
December 10, 2012 NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) partnered to allow development and flight testing of command and control satellite link capabilities on Predator B unmanned aircraft system. Parties will upgrade command and control system of NASA's MQ-9 Predator B (Ikhana) to enable aircraft operations in more remote geographical regions. Subsequent activity will let NASA and GA-ASI reach mutual goal of demonstrating advanced capability.
ASTM Pipe Committee approves practice for precast box sections.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 10, 2012 ASTM C1675, Practice for Installation of Precast Reinforced Concrete Monolithic Box Sections for Culverts, Storm Drains and Sewers, covers initial excavation procedures, foundation specifications, construction of a leveling course, placement and joining of box sections, and proper use of sidefill and overfill around structure. Other sections of standard describe sheathing removal and trench shield advancement, precast concrete appurtenances, and adequate protection from construction loads.
EPA Awards Grants to students developing sustainable technology.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 10, 2012 U.S. EPA awarded grants to 45 college teams in phase I of its People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) annual student design competition. Each grant, totaling up to $15,000 per team for overall amount of $675,000, is applied to designing and developing sustainable technologies to help protect people’s health and environment while promoting economic development. According to EPA's Lek Kadeli, P3 grants encourage development of innovative technologies to combat environmental issues.
Nonresidential Construction Spending rises 0.5% in October.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
December 10, 2012 According to December 3 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction industry in USA experienced modest gain in October as spending increased to $571.3 billion. Total nonresidential construction spending, which includes private and public projects, is up 5.1% compared to one year ago. Encompassing nonresidential and residential spending, total construction spending was up 1.4% for month and 9.6% from 2011. Also, 11 of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases.
PTDA Spring Leaders Conference builds skills of all levels.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
December 10, 2012 Scheduled for March 21-23, 2013, PTDA Spring Leaders Conference will include committee meetings for PTDA volunteers and elected directors, General Education Session for all PTDA members, and Leadership Development Conference designed to prepare up-and-coming leaders. General Educational Session will feature interactive program titled "Building Profitable Partnerships Between Distributors and Manufacturers Through Understanding," by Kevin Boyle, President, Industrial Distribution Consulting, LLC.
Coalition sends letter to Senate urging support of two bills.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 10, 2012 Coalition for Derivatives End-Users sent letter to every U.S. Senator asking that they support two common sense, bipartisan pieces of legislation. S. 3480/H.R. 2682 would exempt nonfinancial end-users — who did not contribute to the financial crisis — from onerous, costly, and unnecessary margin requirements. H.R. 2779 would exempt purely internal, inter-affiliate derivatives trades from clearing and other requirements more appropriately applied to street-facing, speculative swaps.
Fiber Optic Tool controls microscopic particles.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
December 7, 2012 Harnessing laser light’s ability to gently push and pull microscopic particles, researchers have created fiber-optic equivalent of world’s smallest wrench. Virtual tool can precisely twist and turn tiniest of particles, from living cells and DNA to microscopic motors and dynamos used in biological and physical research. Developed by physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington, fiber optic spanner is described in paper published in Optical Society's journal Optics Letters.
Glass Container Manufacturer will resolve CAA violations.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 7, 2012 To resolve alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations at 5 of its manufacturing plants, Ohio-based Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc. agreed to install pollution control equipment to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM) by nearly 2,500 tons/year and pay $1.45 million penalty. EPA's Cynthia Giles commented that "These new pollution controls will improve air quality and protect communities from Georgia to Texas."
EPA appoints 11 new members to NEEAC.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 7, 2012 EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson appointed 11 environmental education professionals to serve on agency's National Environmental Education Advisory Council, which is comprised of representatives from organizations outside federal government who provide EPA with advice and recommendations on environmental education. Council helps EPA better understand needs of schools, universities, state departments of education, and natural resources. First meeting is scheduled for December 13-14, 2012.
ANSI HSSP Releases Workshop Report on resiliency metrics.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 7, 2012 ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) released report from single-day workshop – Resiliency Metrics: Standards, Test Labs, and Methods – that examines approaches for standards-based, national program establishing common metrics for resiliency. August 22, 2012 workshop included representatives of government agencies, standards developing organizations, and others. Participants looked at resiliency standards and discussed ways to establish methodology for measuring resilience.
ANSI Welcomed 12 New Members in November 2012.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 7, 2012 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 12 new members in November 2012: Carter Machinery Company, Inc.; CoServ; eHealth Data Solutions, LLC; Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Ergon Inc.; General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems; Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.; Lymphology Association of North America; Prometric Inc.; Raydon Corporation; Travelport LP; and United Services Automobile Association (USAA).
SME Identifies first energy conservation program participants.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
December 7, 2012 SME announced first 5 student chapters to participate in energy conservation program focused on in-depth assessments of manufacturing facilities. With $292,000 grant from U.S. Department of Energy, SME will partner its student chapters with existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at universities nationwide. SME student chapters include those from Iowa State University, Oregon State University, Tennessee Technological University, University of Dayton, and UMass Dartmouth.

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