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EPA seeks public comment on stormwater discharge permit.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 19, 2011 U.S. EPA is releasing for public comment a draft permit that will help improve nation's waterways by regulating discharge of stormwater from construction sites, which can contain sediment and pollutants. Some proposed modifications of Construction General Permit include requirements for electronic notice of intent processes, sediment and erosion controls, natural buffers or alternative controls, soil stabilization, pollution prevention, and site inspections.
ASHRAE funds undergraduate net zero energy project.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
April 19, 2011 Through ASHRAE Undergraduate Senior Project Grant, undergraduate students in their senior year at University of Oregon are developing a toolkit to help better understand impacts of building construction related to net zero energy targets. Toolkit will include a building air tightness testing system as well as an infrared camera to detect moisture, missing or defective insulation, structural shortcomings, HVAC problem areas, sources of heating and cooling loss, and plumbing blocks.
MHEDA Journal Online features customer service theme.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
April 19, 2011 In its 2nd Quarter issue, The MHEDA Journal Online features articles focusing on customer service. The Customer Convention theme is explored via several articles about customer-centric topics. In addition to customer service information, issue also features article about potential dangers involved with Web 2.0, overview of tax consequences involved with selling business, and guide to companies exhibiting at MHEDA Exhibitors' Showcase on May 2 at MHEDA's Convention.
Gases and Welding Distributors take active role with suppliers.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
April 19, 2011 Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today features article titled "All Suppliers Are Not Created Equal," by Gary Moore, a distribution industry veteran. Moore advises distributors to schedule planning meetings yearly or bi-annually with supplier top management, during which distributors can follow several action steps to manage supplier relationships. According to Moore, a distributor's primary initial focus should be on relationships with their most important "A" suppliers.
EPA proposes stronger toxic emissions standards.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 19, 2011 U.S. EPA proposed stronger standards that require PVC production facilities to reduce emissions of harmful toxics, such as dioxin and vinyl chloride, to improve air quality and protect people's health. Standards would give facilities the flexibility to choose the most practical and cost-effective control technology or technique to reduce their emissions. Facilities would also need to monitor emissions at certain points in PVC production process to ensure that standards are met.
ASTM Standard approved for Emergency Operations Center development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 18, 2011 First in series of proposed standards on emergency operations centers being developed by ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications is ASTM E2668, Guide for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Development. According to Glenn Wisbey, logistics operations branch manager, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, this recently approved standard "provides common sense, step-by-step procedures for designing an emergency operations center."
Interlocking Concrete Pavements Standard proposed by ASTM.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 18, 2011 ASTM WK32564, Practice for Pavement Condition Index Surveys for Interlocking Concrete Roads and Parking Lots, addresses city and county transportation agency management of roads made from interlocking concrete pavements. According to ASTM International Committee E17 member David R. Smith, users will be able to compare performance of interlocking concrete pavements to asphalt and cast-in-place concrete pavements. Standard also guides agencies in indicating required maintenance.
SIIA chooses education technology finalists for 2011 CODiE Awards.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
April 18, 2011 SIIA has announced finalists for CODiE(TM) Awards in education technology categories, which include 113 products from 80 companies, out of 425 total nominations. As part of nomination, products underwent extensive review by judges via live demonstration, trial product access, and analysis of product documentation. Finalists will be reviewed by SIIA members, who will vote on winners for all 24 categories. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 23 at CODiE Awards Reception and Dinner.
Best Technical Papers Honored at IPC Apex EXPO(TM) 2011.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 18, 2011 Anurag Bansal of Cisco Systems Inc. took U.S. Best Paper honor for "A New Approach for Early Detection of PCB Pad Cratering Failures," which was co-authored by Gnyaneshwar Ramakrishna and Kuo-Chuan Liu. "Mechanical Shock Test Performance of SAC 105 and Tin-3.5% Silver BGA Components with SAC 305 Solder Paste on Nickel-Gold and OSP Board Surface Finishes," authored by Jasbir Bath of Bath Technical Consultancy and 11 others, won the International Best Paper category.
Keynote at BIO HR 2011 Conference to be given by Daniel H. Pink.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 18, 2011 Daniel H. Pink, author of 4 books on changing workplace, will deliver keynote address at BIO Human Resources 2011 Conference. As Pink's latest book, Entitled "DRIVE: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us" compiles 50 years of behavioral science to overturn conventional thinking concerning human motivation and behavioral drives. Jim Greenwood of BIO expressed pleasure that Pink will share his expertise on such matters, which are relevant to HR professionals.
BIO World Congress adds 11 plenary speakers.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 18, 2011 BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, held May 8-11 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will feature company presentations on biofuels, biobased products, renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, food ingredients, and biomass. In addition to domestic and international plenary speakers, conference will feature 6 breakout sessions focusing on commercialization of renewable chemicals.
FMA Workshop outlines strategies to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
April 18, 2011 Green Manufacturer Network's Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop, May 18 at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), Inc., in Lafayette, Ind., will provide valuable tips and tricks for accomplishing change in an organization's culture. Address by Tom Easterday, executive vice president of SIA, will focus on how Subaru became first automotive assembly plant to become zero-landfill in 2004. Attendees will tour SIA plant to see zero-waste-to-landfill program in action.
President and Congress repeal small business reporting requirement.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
April 18, 2011 After President Obama signed H.R.4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, issued a statement of support. According to Newhouse, manufacturers are pleased that this costly reporting requirement is no longer a threat to their bottom line. NAM appreciates that Congress and the Administration listened to manufacturers' concerns and fixed this unnecessary requirement from the health care bill.
Electronics Industry Volunteers honored during IPC APEX EXPO.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 18, 2011 During IPC APEX EXPO(TM), IPC presented the Presidents Award as well as Special Recognition, Distinguished Committee Leadership, and Committee Service awards. The 2011 Presidents Award was presented to Stephen Pudles, API Defense USA, Inc. for his many contributions and leadership over the past 20 plus years. Awards were also presented to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and expertise through active IPC committee service.
Proposed Standard furthers Ti, Ti alloy analysis methods.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 15, 2011 Proposed standard ASTM WK25738, Test Method for Analysis of Titanium and Titanium Alloys by Spark-Atomic Emission/Glow Discharge-Atomic Emission Spectrometry, is being developed by Subcommittee E01.06. It will add to current titanium analysis techniques covered by ASTM methods, which currently do not cover spark-atomic emission or glow discharge atomic emission spectrometry. ASTM welcomes and encourages participation in development of its standards.
New Data Exchange Standard approved by ASTM committee.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 15, 2011 ASTM International Committee E57 on 3D Imaging Systems is developing new standards for 3D laser scanning, including ASTM E2807, Specification for 3D Imaging Data Exchange v1.0. As chairman of subcommittee E57.04, which is responsible for this standard, Gene V. Roe says ASTM E2807 will aid transition from 2D to 3D technology and allow hardware vendors to export their data in neutral, binary format that can be imported by design software.
Industry Experts at ANTEC 2011 give free, personalized advice.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
April 15, 2011 Free appointments-only program, Consultants' Corner, at SPE ANTECŪ 2011 conference will let attendees consult with expert for up to 30 min about unique challenges faced in specific technical areas. According to ANTEC 2012 Technical Program Committee Chair Mark Spalding, this program offers "fast and convenient way to discuss current issues with industry experts, who will provide candid opinions." Topics will range from troubleshooting and equipment options to best practices.
Plenary Speaker at SPE Antec 2011 will be SABIC's Nitin Apte.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
April 15, 2011 Nitin Apte, General Manager of Global Marketing and Technology for SABIC Innovative Plastics, will be plenary speaker at ANTECŪ 2011, which takes place May 1-5 in Boston, MA. Replacing Tom Stanley, Apte will deliver presentation, called Innovations in Engineering Thermoplastics - SABIC's Approach to New Materials and New Applications, on May 3. Topics will include product innovation examples, key business indicators and market macro trends, and sustainability.
Online Composites Training addresses non-traditional materials.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
April 15, 2011 Comprised of 12 titles, Tooling U's Web-based composites curriculum focuses on topics and processes such as lay-up, spray-up, vacuum bagging, compression molding, and composite repair methods. Composites training, along with all other Tooling U content, is delivered via learning management system that lets companies administer and track training results for every employee. Companies can also customize and create individually tailored programs targeting specific knowledge areas.
EPA announces clean air settlement with Tennessee Valley Authority.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 15, 2011 EPA announced settlement with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at 11 of its coal-fired plants in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Settlement will require TVA to invest estimated $3-5 billion on new and upgraded pollution controls, and invest $350 million on clean energy projects that will reduce pollution, save energy, and protect public health and environment. It also requires TVA to pay civil penalty of $10 million in total.

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