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Feds Launch Action Plan to protect people from radon.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 21, 2011 US EPA joined forces with several other agencies and institutions to help save lives and create healthier home and school environments. Plan brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to radon and protect health by leveraging and advancing existing state, local, and national programs. According to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Federal Radon Action Plan will raise awareness about radon threat in homes as well as take steps to mitigate said hazard.
Economic Development Program boosts clean energy startups in CO.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
June 21, 2011 To expand cleantech entrepreneurship in Colorado, NREL and State of Colorado have formed Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) in Golden, CO. CREED will bring together stakeholders and service providers who support creation and growth of startup cleantech companies, which will contribute to economic development. CREED will work to accelerate commercial deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that emerge from NREL's programs.
Automotive Polyolefins Conference to feature 4 keynotes.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
June 21, 2011 Interspersed throughout 2011 SPEŽ Automotive TPO Global Conference, to be held October 2-5, will be 4 keynote speakers who will highlight current trends reshaping global automotive-plastics market. Topics will include pace of automotive recovery in mature markets as well as growth opportunities in emerging markets; polyolefins as sustainable solution; impacts of globalization of automotive industry on plastics raw-material supply; and CAFE Requirements.
ASTM Standard provides reference materials for kinetic parameters.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 21, 2011 Users of standards involving kinetic parameters need reference materials to qualify individual laboratories and to validate procedures and software. Developed by Subcommittee E27.02 on Thermal Stability and Condensed Phases, ASTM E2781 will provide such parameters to accommodate apparatus configurations and kinetic models. Kinetic parameters, such as activation energy and pre-exponential factor, are used to estimate lifetime of products and to assess thermal safety of high-energy chemicals.
Proposed ASTM Standard covers relative weights of body armor.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 21, 2011 Proposed standard, ASTM WK31929, Test Method for Areal Density Measurement of an Armour Panel, will provide consistent way of comparing the relative weights of different body armor designs used in production of protective vests for law enforcement and correction personnel. Once approved, standard will allow manufacturers to accurately document their armor designs and give purchasing agents and end users a better understanding of relative weights when they are making purchasing decisions.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard now available from ANSI.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 21, 2011 Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard could influence up to 60% of world's energy use. Standard specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an energy management system. ISO 50001 is based on the common elements found in all of ISO's management system standards, assuring compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management).
Commerce Department requests comments on cybersecurity report.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 21, 2011 Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force issued Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the report it published entitled "Cybersecurity, Innovations and the Internet Economy." Report proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen cybersecurity of companies that rely on Internet to do business, but are not part of critical infrastructure sector. Task force is seeking further input from Internet stakeholders that will lead to developing an action plan in this important area.
IESO Appoints Patricia L. Harman as new Secretariat.
Indoor Environmental Standards Organization    Rockville, MD 20852
June 21, 2011 IESO Board of Directors announced appointment of Patricia L. Harman to office of IESO Secretariat. Harman will work closely with IESO Consensus Body and IESO subcommittees to facilitate workflow as well as ensure compliance with IESO Standard Operating Procedures and ANSI Essential Requirements. She has almost 30 years of experience in non-profit and trade association arenas, working at local and national levels for several organizations.
Metalforming Companies anticipate steady business conditions.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
June 20, 2011 According to June 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, 25% of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, up from 23% in May, and 50% predict that activity will remain unchanged, compared to 55% last month. About 25% report that activity will decline, up from 22% in May. Metalforming companies also expect little change in incoming orders during next 3 months, with 30% predicting an increase in orders, 44% anticipating no change, and 26% predicting decrease.
Building Materials Standard would add mold resistance rating.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 20, 2011 Proposed standard - ASTM WK32079, Test Method for Determination of Mold Growth on Building Products Designed for Exterior Applications Using an Environmental Chamber and Direct Inoculation - will assist consumers purchasing mold-resistant building materials for homes. Specifically, standard describes environmental chamber and conditions of operation to evaluate, in 4-week period, relative resistance to mold growth on building products to be used outdoors.
PTDA Business Index shows rapid expansion.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
June 20, 2011 Conducted jointly by PTDA and Cleveland Research Company, PTDA Business Index indicated that 1Q2011 was the fourth consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members. With a reading of 85.5, first quarter results show that the power transmission/motion control industry expanded at a faster pace compared with 4Q2010 when the index was at 73.4.
PMI Names Len Swatkowski as Technical Director.
Plumbing Manufacturers International    Schaumburg, IL 60173
June 20, 2011 Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) appointed Len Swatkowski as technical director. In his new position, Swatkowski will analyze and report proposed code and standard changes; maintain and manage relationships with PMI members, certification agencies, and industry peers; as well as represent PMI at industry meetings. PMI executive director noted Swatkowski's consensus building capabilities, technical background, and trade association experience to be valuable assets.
ANSI marks U.S. celebration of World Accreditation Day.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 17, 2011 Each year on June 9, IAF and ILAC invite national representatives from around the world to mark World Accreditation Day with dedicated celebrations honoring the important role that accreditation plays in global standards and conformity assessment community. ANSI honored occasion by announcing the winner of the 2011 U.S. Celebration of World Accreditation Day paper competition. Kenneth Zabel was awarded first place for his paper, "Accreditation in Today's Global Marketplace."
Fire Safety Science Symposium will examine elevator use.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 17, 2011 During 10th International Association for Fire Safety Science Symposium, experts from U.S. and Japan will lead discussion on how people evacuate burning buildings, their fears and concerns, problems for disabled people, and other topics. This session, HUMAN RESPONSE: How will people use elevators for evacuation during a building fire, will take place June 19, 2011 at Department of Fire Protection Engineering at University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering.
NIST Contributions to Smart Grid highlighted by White House.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 17, 2011 White House policy document, A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid, highlights strategic roles that NIST plays in accelerating modernization of USA's electric infrastructure, bolstering electric-grid innovation, and advancing clean energy economy. Unveiled at Building the 21st Century Grid event, document mentions focus on advancing smart grid technologies and provides roadmap for making investments in nation's electric infrastructure in ways that benefit all Americans.
ASHRAE Manual Helps Users Meet Requirements if IAQ standard.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
June 17, 2011 As complete guide, 62.2-2010 User's Manual explains requirements for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Explanations and examples show how to meet requirements of all parts of standard, and background material explains why specific requirements are included. Manual covers 9 sections of the standard and 3 appendices. Manual also helps users to stay up to date with changes made since previous publication.
House Committee calls for new direction for Northeast Corridor.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
June 17, 2011 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a plan to bring competition to high-speed and intercity passenger rail service across the country, including the nation's Northeast Corridor. According to John Horsley, executive director of AASHTO, it is in the national interest to develop a passenger rail network as part of a multimodal transportation system. This system must be developed with both public- and private-sector investment.
Building Sciences Hearing solicits commercial data requirements.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
June 16, 2011 National Institute of Building Sciences hearing in Washington, DC on July 18 will gather input from building industry participants about their commercial building data needs. It will be open to all parties interested in presenting views on state of commercial building related data, current and anticipated data needs, existing sources of data, and potential future data sources. Hearing is in response to news that EIA will not release its 2007 CBECS results or complete its 2011 Survey.
Small Businesses to participate in wastewater discharge rule.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 16, 2011 U.S. EPA is inviting small businesses to nominate representatives to participate in a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel, which will focus on agency's development of a proposed rulemaking to strengthen and revise wastewater discharge regulations for steam electric power generating plants. Small business' participation can help EPA learn, first-hand, about ways to reduce regulatory burdens and help EPA better understand small business' challenges in complying with wastewater regulations.
EPA improves access to information on hundreds of chemicals.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 16, 2011 U.S. EPA is releasing 2 searchable databases on chemical toxicity and exposure data. ToxCastDB users can search and download data from over 500 rapid chemical tests conducted on more than 300 environmental chemicals. Using scientific tools, database predicts potential toxicity of chemicals and prioritizes which chemicals require further testing. ExpoCastDB consolidates human exposure data from studies that have collected chemical measurements from homes and child care centers.

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