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FAA Finds Mexico does not meet ICAO safety standards.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
August 3, 2010 U.S. DoT's FAA, after assessing Mexico's civil aviation authority, announced Mexico does not comply with international safety standards set by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As a result, U.S. is downgrading Mexico from Category 1 to Category 2. International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 2 means Mexican air carriers cannot establish new service to U.S. but can maintain existing service. FAA will work with Mexico's government to help reestablish Category 1 rating.
Standard addresses testing of satellite positioning devices.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
August 3, 2010 ASABE announced publication of international standard that provides procedure for evaluating and reporting accuracy of navigation data determined using positioning devices that are based on GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, or similar global navigation satellite systems. Because satellite positioning devices have become more common in agricultural applications, ISO 12188 focuses on performance of positioning devices while they are subject to motions typical of ground-based agricultural field operations.
EPRI Report measures consumers' interest in electric vehicles.
EPRI    Palo Alto, CA 94304
August 3, 2010 According to report from EPRI, 95% of people surveyed in Southern California say they would prefer to charge their electric vehicle at home, and 62% say they have a 3-prong, 120 V outlet that fulfills basic requirement for home charging. For 240 V charging, about 83% report having 240 V service in their residence, but may require an additional outlet closer to vehicle. About 75% said would pay a 33% premium over slower, at-home rate to fast charge at public facility.
TIA and SEMA create Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
August 3, 2010 Global Tire Expo by TIA, taking place as part of 2010 SEMA Show, will be held Tuesday-Friday, November 2-5, at Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 135 educational seminars will be available, including 70 sessions that address general business and management issues and 4 educational session tracks being held by TIA. Over 26% of buyers at 2009 SEMA Show sought tires and related equipment, so event will serve as convenient stop for 50,000-plus buyers that attend SEMA Show yearly.
NREL Solar Collector pre-heats air coming into buildings.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
August 2, 2010 By using dark-colored, perforated metal plate on south side of a building, NREL scientists have perfected a way for buildings to pre-heat air coming in, reducing need for additional heating energy. Fan added to building's existing ventilation system slowly draws warmed ventilation air into building through plate. Solar energy absorbed by dark plate is transferred to air flowing through it, efficiently preheating air going into building as much as 40°F.
NTSB Safety Recommendations A-10-105 through -118 issued to FAA.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
August 2, 2010 NTSB's recommendations include guidelines for research into effects of wind conditions at airports located downwind of mountainous terrain, and call for archiving of low-level windshear alert system data at these airports. They also cover rules for air traffic controllers on providing pilots with wind data and use of acquired data in pilot simulator training programs. Safety of cockpit crew seats and modification of galley latches to include mechanical fasteners is also covered.
WirelessHART® approved as European National Standard.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
August 2, 2010 HART® Communication Foundation announced that the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has approved WirelessHART® specification as European National Standard EN 62591. CEN released the standard to CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, whose members are the national electrotechnical committees of 31 European countries. Approval confirms global acceptance of WirelessHART technology by users and suppliers.
ACGIH Webinar to address industrial hygienists' ethical dilemmas.
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)    Cincinnati, OH 45240
August 2, 2010 Scheduled for Nov 16, 2010, Industrial Hygienists' Ethical Dilemmas: Basic Principles and Resolution Strategies webinar will provide industrial hygienists with overview of code and principles, rationale for their existence, and importance of ethical codes to professions. Participants will learn effective strategies for avoiding ethical conflicts. After several ethical dilemmas are presented as case studies, participants will use multiple tools and resources to resolve scenarios.
Airport Upgrade Made Possible by Recovery Act funding.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
July 30, 2010 US DoT's FAA celebrated opening of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's upgrade, which was paid for with $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Specifically, money helped Chattanooga Airport complete aircraft parking area that will aid in relieving congestion. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt noted, "Recovery Act dollars are helping airports of all sizes maintain and improve their critical infrastructure."
Senate Commended on Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 30, 2010 NEMA commends US Senate on its passage, by unanimous consent, of S. 3250, the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act, which will help reduce energy consumption of federal government by training federal facility managers to implement and properly use existing energy-efficient technologies. While encouraging House to follow suit, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said this can help reduce overall dependence on foreign oil while also reducing carbon footprint of federal government.
ASHRAE VP testifies to DOE on sustainable design standards.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
July 30, 2010 U.S. DOE hearing on July 27 covered notice of proposed rulemaking on energy efficiency and sustainable design standards for new federal buildings and major renovations of them. ASHRAE VP Ross Montgomery encouraged DOE's Federal Energy Management Program to reference ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 compliance option of IGCC to meet requirements in rulemaking. Standard is first code-intended green building standard in U.S. and covers topics similar to green building rating systems.
Equipment Finance Economic Activity shows modest growth.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
July 30, 2010 Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for June up 6% against same period in 2009 and up 25% compared to prior month. Receivables over 30 days declined to 3.3%, while charge-offs showed slight increase from prior month but steep decline from one year earlier. Also, number of credit approvals climbed to 70% in June, and 2/3 of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval during month.
Manufacturers support passage of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 30, 2010 According to NAM President and CEO John Engler, manufacturers are pleased that the Senate passed Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, HR 4380. NAM has been working to educate Congress on the importance of this bill and how it will preserve and expand American jobs. Legislation will also cut costs of doing business in U.S. and boost American manufacturing exports. Studies show that if enacted, these provisions would increase production by $4.6 billion and support almost 90,000 jobs.
PMI® Global Congress 2010 to include address by DHS official.
Project Management Institute, Inc.    Newtown Square, PA 19073
July 30, 2010 Department of Homeland Security's CIO Richard Spires will address attendees of PMI® Global Congress 2010 - North America on Monday, October, 11, 2010 from 8:30-9:15 am EST. Spires' presentation will cover management of large IT programs in Federal government, highlighting DHS initiatives to institutionalize best practices. Appointed in September 2009, Spires is responsible for department's $6.4 billion investment in IT. Event will take place from October 9-12 in Washington DC.
FMA offers update of metal fabrication training resource.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
July 29, 2010 Third edition of Metal Fabrication - A Practical Guide serves as basis for comprehensive training curriculum in metal fabrication, and is suited for classroom and on-the-job instruction programs. Book covers shop mathematics, blueprint reading, metallurgy, layout methods for precision fabrication, shop safety section, and basic machine operations. New to edition are topics on laser cutting and waterjet cutting, expanded section on plasma cutting, and review questions at end of each chapter.
Biofuel Trade Associations express support for tax policy.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
July 29, 2010 As Congress takes action on tax incentive packages, advanced biofuel trade associations reemphasized importance of advanced biofuels as opportunities for U.S. to reduce reliance on oil and create green jobs. BIO, ABFA, and Algal Biomass Organization thanked Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) for introducing legislation that would make algae and other second-generation biofuels eligible for cellulosic biofuels production tax credit and create optional investment tax credit.
Product Safety Group seeks to strengthen information sharing.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 29, 2010 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s working group on consumer product safety intends to advance a program to improve information sharing and promote cooperation among enforcement authorities worldwide. Specifically, group will tackle 10-point action plan to include short-, medium-, and long-term actions to promote consumer product safety nationally and internationally. First initiative is to create global recalls database.
Voluntary Standards cover attic ladders and biometrics.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 29, 2010 American Ladder Institute released ANSI-ASC A14.9-2010, Safety Requirements for Disappearing Attic Stairways, which prescribes rules for design, construction, and use of permanently installed metal or wood disappearing attic stairways in household or commercial settings. Recently published ANSI X9.84-2010, Biometric Information Management and Security for the Financial Services Industry, provides guidance on use of biometrics in transaction-based systems.
Papers Sought on alternative technologies, net-zero buildings.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
July 29, 2010 Papers addressing advances in alternative technologies and net-zero energy buildings as well as HVAC/R fundamentals and commissioning are being sought for ASHRAE 2011 Annual Conference, which will take place June 25-29 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Deadline for submissions is September 17, 2010. Conference's technical program takes place June 26-29 and includes paper presentations as well as non-paper presentations. Approved papers are published in ASHRAE Transactions.
2009 Industrial/Toxics Release Data is publicly available.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
July 29, 2010 EPA is making Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data available via its website as well as TRI Explorer and Envirofacts tools. Database contains environmental release and transfer data on nearly 650 chemicals and chemical categories reported by 21,000+ industrial and other facilities between January 1 and December 31, 2009. Representing over 80% of data expected to be reported for 2009, preliminary dataset lets communities find out about releases and transfers of chemicals at local level.

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