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AEM announces winners of Pillar of the Industry awards.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
December 5, 2012 Annual Pillar of the Industry awards recognize companies’ dedication and outstanding contributions to people and communities of equipment manufacturing industry through extensive I Make America campaign activities in support of pro-manufacturing policies to improve the economy. For 2012, total of 19 companies received Pillar of the Industry Awards – 16 for achieving Gold Status this year, and 3 honored as Gold Year 2 winners, for maintaining their Gold-level status earned last year.
ASTM Infant Swings Specification has been adopted in CPSC rule.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 5, 2012 Provisions from ASTM International F2088-12a, Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Swings, have been incorporated in U.S. federal mandatory safety standard that was passed unanimously by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in order to improve safety of infant swings and prevent child injuries and deaths. This adoption of ASTM F2088 means all infant swings introduced into commerce must comply with standard, which defines "infant swing."
NREL, BESC Researchers solve puzzle of plant architecture.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
December 5, 2012 NREL and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) scientists combined microscopic imaging methods to gain greater understanding of relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility. According to principal investigator Dr. Shi-You Ding of NREL, imaging technologies allowed interdisciplinary team to view plant architecture at scales from millimeter to nanometer. This breakthrough could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering costs of biofuel production.
Solar Radiation Database updated to cover 20 years of data.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
December 5, 2012 NREL and collaborators released 20-year updated version of U.S. National Solar Radiation Database. Web-based technical report provides information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in USA and its territories. Covering years 1991–2010, updated database includes data from 2006–2010 for first time. Cloud algorithms for modeling solar radiation data are also included, along with State University of New York model for gridded data based on satellite observations.
Registration for 2013 Annual Meeting is now open.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
December 5, 2012 From February 7-12, HI and Pump Systems Matter will host 2013 Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, FL. Hydraulic Institute technical committees will meet to address industry standards, guidelines, and DOE pump efficiency standards. In addition to variety of guest speakers, meeting will also include bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Market Intelligence Committee, and Standards Leadership Workshop. PSM meetings will include Board of Directors, Educational Affairs Steering Committee, and PSM Marketing Committee.
NREL's Research Support Facility earns second LEED® Platinum.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
December 4, 2012 Research Support Facility on campus of NREL in Golden, CO has earned its second LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from U.S. Green Building Council. LEED designation was awarded to 138,000 sq-ft RSF Expansion project, which added third wing to main office building. Between finish of initial RSF and start of expansion wing, NREL's Advanced Commercial Buildings Research team worked with design-build team and identified strategies to reduce energy use in RSF expansion by additional 17%.
Incandescent Lamp Shipments Index shows resilient third quarter.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 4, 2012 NEMA's index for A-line incandescent lamps increased 20.2% during Q3 2012, while compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) index registered 3.3% decline compared to previous quarter. Halogen A-line lamp shipments increased 83.3% on quarterly basis, and their share increased 1.5 percentage points to 4% of combined market. CFLs posted 20.6% share (4.1 point decline from previous quarter), while share of incandescent lamps increased to 75.4%.
Louisiana Generating ordered to resolve Clean Air Act violations.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 4, 2012 U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced Louisiana Generating agreed to settlement at its Big Cajun II coal-fired power plant in New Roads, LA that will eliminate 27,300+ tons of harmful emissions per year. Settlement will require Louisiana Generating to spend ~$250 million to reduce air pollution as well as pay $3.5 million civil fine and spend $10.5 million on environmental mitigation. Reductions will be achieved via pollution controls, natural gas conversion, and emission caps.
Plastics Technical Conference will take place in Lyon, France.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
December 4, 2012 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has selected Lyon, France for future site of EUROTEC® 2013, which will take place July 4–5 at Lyon’s Cité Congress Exhibition Centre. Conference will feature 200+ original, peer-reviewed presentations on such topics as automotive, composites, extrusion, injection molding, and thermoforming. Additionally, exhibition will feature displays by companies representing entire plastics industry supply chain.
EPA recommends new recreational water quality criteria.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 4, 2012 Pursuant to U.S. District Court order and as required by Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000, EPA recommended new recreational water quality criteria that will help protect people during visits to beaches and waters. Science-based criteria helps states improve public health protection by addressing broader range of illness symptoms, providing more protective recommendations for coastal waters, encouraging early alerts to beachgoers, and promoting rapid water testing.
David Shea to be recognized for communications excellence.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 4, 2012 With 50+ years of experience as public relations practitioner, David J. Shea has been selected to receive 2012 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. This prize goes to journalists or public relations professionals in aviation who exhibit its namesake's standard of excellence. In addition to positions in U.S. Air Force, Shea has worked in private sector and co-authored highly praised guidebook for media relations professionals.
IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2012.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 4, 2012 According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 1.1% in Oct 2012 from Oct 2011, and bookings decreased 9.2% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were down 12.4% and rigid bookings fell 14.3%. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2012 were up 15.6%, and bookings were down 18.9% compared to October 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments decreased 10.3% and flex bookings were down 0.5%.
Fiber Optic Device delivers light to individual neurons.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
December 3, 2012 Created by biologists and engineers at MIT in Cambridge, MA, fiber optic tool enables neuroscientists to deliver precise points of light to 3-D section of living brain tissue. Work is a step forward in a technique that uses gene therapy to turn individual brain cells on and off with light. Described in paper published in Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters, device might be used one day to create neural prostheses that could treat conditions such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.
EPA appoints heads of Science Advisory Committees.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 3, 2012 U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has appointed 2 engineers to serve as Chairs of 2 independent Federal Advisory Committees, EPA Science Advisory Board and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. David Allen, an internationally recognized engineer specializing in air quality, will serve as SAB Chair, while Dr. H. Christopher Frey, an environmental engineer expert in quantitative methods for dealing with variability and uncertainty, will serve as CASAC Chair. Each will serve 2-year term.
BIO Thanks Senators for stance on military biofuel producers.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 3, 2012 BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood thanked Senators Kay Hagan, Tim Johnson and co-sponsors for amending language in National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 that blocked Department of Defense's (DoD) participation in public-private partnerships to produce advanced biofuels. Greenwood said military leaders, recognizing that building domestic advanced biofuels industry to produce cost-competitive fuels is national security priority, responded by proposing public-private partnerships.
IPC supports explicit listing of printed boards in USML.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 3, 2012 According to IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, the explicit listing of printed boards in U.S. Department's proposed revisions to Category XI (electronics) U.S. Munitions List published in the Federal Register is an important step in the right direction. For more than a year, IPC has strongly urged the government to clarify International Traffic in Arms Regulations controls on printed boards through explicit enumeration on USML.
FAA Proposes Policy to improve flight attendant workplace safety.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
December 3, 2012 FAA, working with OSHA, proposed policy for addressing flight attendant workplace safety. With precedence given to FAA aviation safety regulations, it has been proposed that OSHA should be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards not covered by FAA. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said proposal would, for first time, enable flight attendants to report workplace injury and illness complaints to OSHA for response and investigation.
NEMA welcomes House vote on U.S.-Russia trade.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
November 30, 2012 NEMA congratulated strong bipartisan vote by House of Representatives to approve legislation to grant permanent normal trade relations status to Russia and provide access for U.S. businesses to the benefits of the entry of world's ninth largest economy into rules-based international trading system. Russian Federation formally joined the World Trade Organization on August 22, 2012, after many years of negotiations with the U.S. and other major trading partners.
NTSB holds conference on GIS mapping technology.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 30, 2012 On Dec 4-5, NTSB will hold conference to explore use of Geographic Information Systems in analyzing and preventing transportation accidents. GIS technologies and analytical techniques use geographically referenced data to support complex data integration, advanced statistical analysis, precise investigation, and effective visualization of data. During meeting, researchers and practitioners will discuss how GIS data, technologies, and techniques are applied to improve safety in transportation.
NTSB Recommendations address air cargo fires.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 30, 2012 NTSB has issued 3 recommendations to reduce impact of in-flight fires aboard cargo airplanes, saying current fire protection regulations are inadequate. Recommendations urge Federal Aviation Administration to require active fire suppression systems in all cargo containers or compartments of cargo aircraft. They also recommend improving early detection of fires within cargo containers and pallets and urge that cargo containers provide better fire resistance.

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