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EPA delivers 15 years of acid rain reductions.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 22, 2010 U.S. EPA released report that shows 15 years of successful results from its nationwide effort to address acid rain. Since its inception in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA's Acid Rain Program has earned widespread acclaim due to dramatic sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emission reductions that are saving American lives and ecosystems. An analysis estimates annual public health benefits of the program in 2010 alone at more than $120 billion.
ZigBee Standard optimizes human input devices.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
December 22, 2010 Replacing 30-year old infrared technology with radio frequency solution, ZigBee Input Device Standard gives consumers improved options to use mice, touchpads, keyboards, wands, or remote control pointers from greater distances and even in nearby rooms. Designed especially for ZigBee RF4CE specification, standard optimizes devices by enabling non-line-of-sight operation, 2-way communication, extended battery life, and broader range of capabilities and features.
NEMA commends FERC approval of Midwest Transmission proposal.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 21, 2010 Federal Energy Regulation Commission approved proposal that removes barriers to development of much-needed transmission that will deliver cleaner and cheaper energy to consumers across Midwest. Proposal, offered by Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. and its stakeholders, is intended to enable region to comply with energy policy mandates and to address reliability and economic issues affecting multiple transmission zones within region.
IPC releases revision A to IPC-2222 Design Standard.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 21, 2010 Helping developers avoid common missteps that reduce board manufacturability, IPC-2222, Sectional Design Standard for Rigid Organic Printed Boards, has been expanded to include more information on board materials, such as relative costs, tolerances of board thickness, unsupported holes, and hole aspect ratios. Designers who use IPC-2222A can help ensure that the boards they design will meet requirements when they are manufactured.
IREC releases comprehensive report on net metering.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)    Latham, NY 12110-1156
December 21, 2010 Titled "The Intersection of Net Metering and Retail Choice," IREC's report provides overview of policy, practice, and issues, detailing methodologies states use to accomplish net metering in competitive electricity markets. Net metering is a policy that enables electric customer's meter to spin backwards and is considered one of the most important, cost-effective policies to help owners of solar photovoltaic and other renewable systems recoup their investment.
NAM Says America COMPETES Act will improve competitiveness.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 21, 2010 In his statement, made after Senate passage of America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116), NAM President and CEO John Engler expressed pleasure on behalf of manufacturers that the legislature is on its way to be signed into law. "Our economic future relies more than ever on our ability to innovate," said Engler, "and the reauthorization of the COMPETES Act will help manufacturers prosper in a globally integrated and highly competitive marketplace."
Manufacturers believe tax relief will spur economic recovery.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 21, 2010 According to NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons, manufacturers are pleased that the House passed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 with no amendments. These much-needed incentives will spur investment, economic growth, and job creation. NAM has been a leader in advocating for these tax extensions, including the R/D credit, 100-percent expensing, and tax relief for small businesses.
Carbon Black Standard is inspired by US EPA regulations.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 21, 2010 ASTM D7662, Test Method for Carbon Content in Carbon Black Feedstock Oils, stems from new US EPA regulations mandating greenhouse gas reporting in US carbon black industry. Applicable to commercial feedstock oils used to produce carbon black products in furnace or thermal process, standard will also be of use to contract laboratories. Measuring total carbon content of feedstock oils is important in calculating CO2 emissions, estimating process yield, or assessing product quality.
AIA urges passage of appropriations.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 21, 2010 AIA agrees with comments by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warning that the department would suffer adverse consequences if Congress fails to pass a full defense appropriations bill as part of any funding package. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, asking DOD to manage its vast and complex operations under year-long continuing resolution would hurt efforts to meet needs that are sometimes unanticipated in wartime and could have adverse effects on defense industrial base.
AIA welcomes Aviation Advisory Committee's recommendations.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 21, 2010 AIA is encouraged by recommendations presented to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood by the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. Several subcommittees recommended continued investment in the Next Generation Air Transportation System, as well as environmental research and development funding. Subcommittees also addressed a number of critical AIA priorities, including promoting development of sustainable alternative fuels and importance of STEM education.
TIA commends Congressional vote on income and state taxes.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
December 21, 2010 TIA expressed gratitude to members of U.S. House of Representatives that voted in favor of extending tax cuts and restoring lower-level estate tax with higher exemption amounts. Organization has been actively lobbying in support of specific estate tax provision for several years. According to TIA Executive VP Roy Littlefield, TIA members will not have to worry about previously onerous levels of estate tax when their own estate is passed on to spouses, sons, and daughters.
EPA and ECHA sign agreement to enhance chemical safety.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 21, 2010 The U.S. EPA and European Chemicals Agency have announced a partnership that will promote technical cooperation on chemical management activities. Partnership was formalized through statement of intent and was highlighted at Transatlantic Economic Council meeting. Statement puts in place a process for working together on issues of mutual interest including toxicity testing, hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, risk management tools, scientific collaboration, and information exchange.
National Standard reduces mercury emissions from gold production.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 21, 2010 U.S. EPA standard is cutting emissions from gold ore processing and production facilities. Specifically, it aims to reduce annual mercury emissions by more than 75% from 2007 levels in an effort to limit amount of toxic material released into air and water. While this action sets first national standard for mercury air emissions from industrial gold production, it builds on progress made under Nevada's program for controlling mercury emissions from precious metal mining.
Army Sustainability Policy adopts ASHRAE Standard 189.1.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
December 21, 2010 US Army has made it policy to promote sustainability and improve green building standards for its facilities. On October 27, 2010, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of Army for installations, energy, and the environment (IE&E) issued a policy memorandum incorporating ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Net effects, given extended coverage, are expected to be significant.
Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 83.2% year-to-date.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
December 21, 2010 According to AMT and AMTDA, October U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $387.13 million, which was down 2.5% from September but up 154.9% when compared to total of $151.86 million reported for October 2009. With year-to-date total of $2,477.06 million, 2010 is up 83.2% compared with 2009. All data in this report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program.
NIST's Baldrige Award presented to 5 organizations.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 21, 2010 On December 16, 2010, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Gary Locke presented Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Recipients included Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, MidwayUSA, AtlantiCare, Heartland Health, and Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center. Selected from 70 applicants, they were evaluated in seven areas during 1,000 hr of review and on-site visit by team of examiners.
Two Hydrogen Standards approved by ASTM gaseous fuels committee.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 21, 2010 ASTM International Committee D03 on Gaseous Fuels approved 2 new standards for hydrogen fuel industry: ASTM D7650, Test Method for Sampling of Particulate Matter in High Pressure Hydrogen Used as a Gaseous Fuel with an In-Stream Filter, and ASTM D7651, Test Method for Gravimetric Measurement of Particulate Concentration of Hydrogen Fuel. Both address critical stakeholder needs for sampling and determination of particulate matter in hydrogen fuel used as fuel cell feed gas.
Papers Invite Issued for ASTM oxygen-enriched atmosphere symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 20, 2010 Papers are being sought for Thirteenth International Symposium on Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres, which will be held September 19-21, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Providing forum for exchange of ideas, symposium asks for papers with focus on improving safety for manufacturing, safe use and current research conducted related to oxygen, oxygen-enriched atmospheres, and non-oxygen oxidizer systems.
A&WMA Workshops to address Clean Air Act compliance.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
December 20, 2010 AWMA will hold series of workshops throughout 2011 to provide environmental professionals with updated information on writing and submitting air quality permits, based on new and revised Clean Air Act regulations. Titled "Understanding Today's Clean Air Act Permit Programs," first workshop will offer discussion and hands-on training on permitting under National Ambient Air Quality Standards, New Source Review, PM2.5, 8-hour Ozone Standard, and Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule.
ISO Standards Projects are underway to develop safety symbols.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
December 20, 2010 ASABE announces ISO approval of 2 projects to develop international standards for cautionary signs used on slow-moving vehicles (SMV). SMV standard would establish emblem as international symbol for slow-moving vehicles operated on public roads. Although used primarily on agricultural field equipment, it would also be applied to other machines/vehicles that travel at up to 65 kph. Speed identification symbol, used in combination with SMV emblem, would indicate max safe ground speed of equipment.

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