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Air Toxics Standards Timeline set for boilers, incinerators.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 28, 2011 As part of filing with U.S. Court of Appeals for DC Circuit, U.S. EPA set schedule for issuing updated air toxics standards for boilers and specific solid waste incinerators. Agency will propose standards to be reconsidered by end of October 2011 to ensure they are based on best available data and public has ample opportunity to provide additional input and information. Final standards will be issued by end of April 2012.
Federal Partnerships will revitalize USA's urban waterways.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 28, 2011 Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) seeks to stimulate regional and local economies, create local jobs, improve quality of life, and protect Americans' health by revitalizing urban waterways in under-served communities. As federal union comprised of 11 agencies, UWFP will focus initial efforts on 7 pilot locations. Each already has restoration effort underway, spearheaded by local governments and community organizations. Effort supports America's Great Outdoors Initiative.
ASTM Standard helps detect chemical weapon agent breakdown.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 27, 2011 ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications developed single-laboratory validated standard ASTM E2787, Test Method for Determination of Thiodiglycol in Soil Using Pressurized Fluid Extraction Followed by Single Reaction Monitoring Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). In wake of chemical weapon attack, ASTM E2787 could be used to detect chemical weapon agent breakdown product to identify agent and ensure proper cleanup of involved area.
Proposed ASTM Standard addresses PVC gasketed sewer basins.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 27, 2011 ASTM WK32336 plastic piping standard provides minimum requirements for PVC gasketed sanitary and storm drainage sewer basins and fittings. For specific application, users need to have confidence that the product they are purchasing meets minimum requirements for watertightness and structural integrity. Products must also maintain sufficient manufacturing tolerances to enable proper and easy connection of these fabricated units to pipelines.
LIA to host Lasers for Manufacturing Event.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
June 27, 2011 Scheduled for Sept 27-28, Lasers for Manufacturing Event will focus exclusively on laser-based production application and their potential for significant return on investment. Event will include 2 theater areas where more than 20 exhibitors will present slides and videos of their equipment. Educational program will feature four 30-min presentations on impact of laser technology in laser-additive manufacturing and aerospace, automotive, and medical device industries.
Laser Safety Courses improve awareness and competence.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
June 27, 2011 Committed to keeping workplace safe from hazards associated with lasers, LIA offers safety training courses, based on ANSI Z136 series of laser safety standards, for personnel in research, industrial, and medical laser facilities. Onsite and online options bring laser safety training to workplace, addressing instances where attendance is inconvenient due to scheduling or travel constraints. Regional classroom-based courses are also available.
Intel Foundation funds STEM infused Gateway Academy.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 27, 2011 SME Education Foundation has provided funding to LEED (Linking Education and Economic Development) for 5 Gateway Academy summer camps being held in the Sacramento Region thanks to $20,000 gift from Intel Foundation. Gateway Academy summer camp introduces 6th-8th grade students to drafting and graphic design, and allows them to use real lab equipment in team environment, build robotic vehicles and gliders, and learn about eco-design, manufacturing, and alternative energy.
Bearing Specialists Assoc. plans 2011 Fall Meeting in Chicago.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
June 24, 2011 Scheduled for September 26-27, BSA 2011 Fall Meeting will offer association's committees the opportunity to pursue their agendas without distractions of broader programming at the BSA Annual Convention. Attendees leverage unparalleled networking in casual setting with bearing industry leaders. BSA encourages members and participating manufacturers who are not currently committee members to attend the Fall Meeting and try out committees that interest them.
Proposed Tetrad Testing Standard addresses sensory analysis.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 24, 2011 ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation is developing ASTM WK32980, Test Methods for Sensory Analysis - Tetrad Test, which would allow companies to make more informed decisions about potential product changes. This proposed standard specifically addresses problems that occur when resources are not available for proper size test needed to reliably detect differences. Currently, ASTM WK32980 is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E18.04 on Fundamentals of Sensory.
Three R&D 100 Awards were earned by NREL for solar research.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
June 24, 2011 Technique to turn silicon into ink, faster solar cell assessment method, and more efficient furnace for heating solar cells, all developed by U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), were named among this year's most significant innovations by R&D Magazine. NREL Director Dan Arvizu noted that these awards "demonstrate how NREL research produces market relevant results" and how investments create jobs while advancing clean energy goals.
EPA's Jackson to Chair Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 24, 2011 Annual council session in Montreal, Canada ended with U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson assuming leadership of Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). This partnership with Canada and Mexico fosters conservation, protection, and enhancement of North American environment. Specifically, it works to increase economic, trade, and social links among the 3 countries to build healthy communities, economies, and ecosystems as well as projects that help protect people's health.
Proposed change to ASHRAE Standard encourages efficient fan design.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
June 24, 2011 Open for advisory public review until July 10, 2011, proposed addendum u to ASNI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, would add reference to Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International's Standard 205-10, Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans. This would require fan efficiency requirements to be classified based on fan efficiency grades.
EPA identifies case studies for hydraulic fracturing study.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 24, 2011 U.S. EPA has identified 7 case studies to help inform the assessment of potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Two of the 7 sites were selected as prospective case studies where EPA will monitor key aspects of hydraulic fracturing process throughout lifecycle of well. Information gathered from case studies will be part of an approach which includes literature review, collection of data and information, laboratory work, and computer modeling.
ASTM Steel Standard covers sampling of castings.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 24, 2011 ASTM A1062, Specification for Steel Castings Sampling, covers inspection requirements agreed upon by purchaser and producer of steel castings for sample castings prior to production of order. According to Albert Melilli, independent consulting metallurgical engineer and member of Committee A01.18, standard is notable for simplicity in facilitating purchaser and user agreement on sampling plan. Guidance for inspection processes will be helpful to both experienced and new users of steel castings.
NTSB's Most Wanted List points out critical safety areas.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
June 24, 2011 NTSB's Most Wanted List highlights 10 critical safety issues that impact transportation nationwide and must be addressed to improve safety and save lives. Highlighting NTSB priorities, modernized and streamlined list features areas targeted for advocacy during next year, pertinent information, videos, and recommendations. Highlighted areas include general aviation, motorcycle, runway, and bus occupant safety as well as safety management systems and data recorders.
ANSI Standards cover deposit tickets and fire protection systems.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 23, 2011 A revised standard from Accredited Standards Committee X9, X9.100-120-2010, Bank Deposit Tickets, helps financial institutions accurately process deposits by providing specifications for personal and commercial deposit ticket design. Subject to renewal every 3 years, NFPA 25-2011 establishes minimum requirements for periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems, including land-based and marine applications.
EPA Proposes Standards for 2012/2013 renewable fuels.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 23, 2011 US EPA proposed 2012 percentage standards for 4 fuel categories that are part of Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). Overall volumes and standards include biomass-based diesel at 1.0 billion gal and 0.91%; advanced biofuels at 2.0 billion gal and 1.21%; cellulosic biofuels at 3.45-12.9 million gal and 0.002%-0.010%; and total renewable fuels at 15.2 billion gal and 9.21%. Also, EPA is proposing volume requirement of 1.28 billion gal for biomass-based diesel for 2013.
Aerospace CEOs Discussion focused on key global issues.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
June 23, 2011 During annual meeting at 2011 Paris Airshow, industry leaders from Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on various issues. Specific topics included reducing civil aviation CO2 emissions, biofuels in aviation, air traffic management (ATM) interoperability and modernization, and procedures for aircraft operations during volcanic activity.
AIA congratulates Panetta on confirmation.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
June 23, 2011 AIA congratulates CIA Director Leon Panetta on his confirmation as Defense Secretary. According to AIA president and CEO Marion C. Blakey, Director Panetta's leadership, extensive experience in government, and knowledge of budgeting process makes him an excellent choice to take on difficult national security challenges. AIA looks forward to discussing shared priorities, such as achieving acquisition efficiencies, bolstering defense industrial base, and continuing export control modernization.
NIST publishes Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 23, 2011 NIST has issued final version of its Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security, which is intended to help pipeline operators, power producers, manufacturers, air traffic control centers, and other managers of critical infrastructure to secure their systems while addressing performance, reliability, and safety requirements. Publication provides specific guidance on how to reduce vulnerability of this infrastructure to malicious attacks, equipment failures, and other threats.

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