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NHA Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Conference showcases industry firsts.
National Hydrogen Association    Washington, DC 20036
May 4, 2010 Taking place May 3-6 in Long Beach, CA, NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo features auto manufacturers, hydrogen producers, and fuel cell and component manufacturers that are revealing news or new products. Fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen engine vehicles are available for rides and test-drives, and highlighted products will include Proton Energy Systems' electrolyzer platform, Linde's Ionic Compressor technology, and WEH Technologies' TK17 fueling nozzle.
NAM commends General Motors for repaying government loans.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
May 4, 2010 In response to company's announcement, NAM President John Engler said organization commends General Motors for repaying government loans ahead of schedule. Citing this as positive step on road to economic recovery, Engler said, "The American auto industry represents the country's largest manufacturing base and is critical to manufacturing renewal, which will create quality jobs and grow the economy." NAM represents manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.
NAM VP Makes Statement on Senate derivatives bill.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
May 4, 2010 Dorothy Coleman, NAM Vice President for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued a statement following Senate Agriculture Committee's markup of financial services reform legislation. Citing that "many manufacturers rely on over-the-counter derivatives to manage the risks of day-to-day business operations," Coleman noted that "We are encouraged that the bill...recognizes the importance of these risk management tools."
IPC-4202 Revision updates dielectric materials guidance.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 4, 2010 IPC has released IPC-4202A, Flexible Base Dielectrics for Use in Flexible Printed Circuitry. Data has been added to help users determine capability/compatibility of flexible base dielectric materials in manufacturing flexible printed circuitry/flat cables. Updates to specification sheets include newest properties for material types, and expanded dielectric metrics of properties such as permittivity/loss tangents include frequencies of 1 MHz, 1 GHz, and 10 GHz.
AMMA supports opt-out provision in EPA lead paint rule.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4268
May 4, 2010 AMMA is urging government officials to ensure opt-out provision in EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. If provision is removed, full cost of newly required preparation and labor efforts will be imposed on all homeowners with no pregnant women or children under 6. According to Rich Walker, premature implementation of EPA rule may deliver devastating blow to home renovation industry and drive homeowners to seek untrained contractors or attempt to replace windows themselves.
BIO World Congress to cover investments in bio-based economy.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 4, 2010 Seventh annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing will be held June 27-30, 2010. Investors, government officials, and executives from companies commercializing renewable chemical/biofuel technology will discuss status of industry, market acceptance, and potential help from government policy. According to BIO white paper, biobased chemicals and products market is producing more than 40,000 jobs and is projected to grow to more than $500 billion by 2025.
BIO International Convention to address global climate, hunger issues.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 4, 2010 To be held May 3-6, 2010, in Chicago, IL, 2010 BIO International Convention will feature food and agriculture program highlighting biotechnologies that address hunger and climate change, as well as role of policy in public's ability to benefit from these technologies. Exhibit floor will feature Food and Agriculture Pavilion that will demonstrate the benefits of plant biotechnology and BIO Booth with exhibit that showcases benefits of genetically engineered livestock.
IPC elects Mel Parrish as TAEC Chair for 2-yr term.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 4, 2010 Mel Parrish of STI Electronics, Inc. was elected to chair IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC) during TAEC meeting at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010. One of Parrish's first tasks will be to lead TAEC through process of establishing commonality among IPC standards regarding electronics class designations. Parrish has been active in IPC technical committees for over 23 yr and has been member of TAEC and Committee Chairman Council for more than 10 yr.
Passenger Revenue, Cargo Traffic detailed in ATA report.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
May 4, 2010 Based on sample group of carriers, ATA report showed passenger revenue rose 15.4% in March versus same month in 2009. Approximately 1.4% more passengers traveled on U.S. airlines in March, while average price to fly one mile rose 11.7%. Growth spanned all regions in international markets, with passenger revenues rising 19.6%. Also, U.S. airlines saw cargo traffic rise 14% year over year (4% domestically and 23% internationally) in February 2010, driven by increased international trade.
AASHTO Report calls for balanced livability approach.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
May 4, 2010 Describing how full range of transportation options can improve livability throughout communities, The Road to Livability states DOTs are using every opportunity to tailor transportation projects to needs of communities with which they interact. States are also expanding options for biking, walking, and transit use as well as implementing road-related, livable policies such as revitalizing urban centers, building local economies, and preserving historic sites and scenic country roads.
Medical Glove Standards to help prevent infection transfer.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 3, 2010 Task group within Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products has begun development of standards for use of antimicrobial agents on gloves to prevent direct/indirect transport of infectious microorganisms. One such standard, WK27438, Specification for Antimicrobial Medical Gloves, includes several determining characteristics concerning antimicrobial efficacy on medical gloves' surface. Primary users will be glove manufacturers, antimicrobial suppliers, and contract test laboratories.
Use of Data-Driven Systems analyzed for aviation safety.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
May 3, 2010 NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said that using data to manage and improve safety in aviation industry has had positive effect on world's aviation safety record. However, she also cautioned against over-reliance on said systems to the neglect of forensic investigation. Hersman thus called for a balanced approach that acknowledges potential benefits/limitations of SMS and does not discount methods for identifying vulnerabilities, such as accident investigations.
Proposed Textile Standard covers elastic/stretch properties.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 3, 2010 Proposed standard ASTM WK27572, Test Method for Elastic/Stretch Properties of Textile Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D13.59 on Fabric Test Methods, General. Nike Inc. materials test engineer Kham Viengkham said that knowing yield point of material will enable designers to avoid garment failures such as sagging, bagging, and other fabric deformations. Proposed test method will also help determine how tight or compressive garment will feel.
Expo and Conference focuses on future of additive manufacturing.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
May 3, 2010 During RAPID 2010 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition, top executives from companies pioneering use of additive manufacturing and 3D imaging in aerospace and defense, automotive, entertainment, games, medical, and sports and recreation industries will demonstrate innovations and vision for future of manufacturing. Attendees interested in discovering how these technologies can help cut costs and get products to market faster can hear from more than 50 speakers and visit more than 75 exhibitors.
EPA Urban Community Funding to protect watersheds.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 3, 2010 As part of Urban Waters Initiative, US EPA has made up to $600,000 in grants available for eligible entity to establish and manage national competitive urban watershed small grants program and provide technical services. Successful applicant would support capacity building projects in urban communities that will lead to environmental, public health, and economic benefits. Initiative is designed to help communities access, restore, and benefit from their waters and surrounding land.
EPA Web Tools inform public about clean water enforcement.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 3, 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching set of web tools, data, and interactive maps to inform public about serious Clean Water Act violations in their communities. Web page provides interactive information from EPA's 2008 Annual Noncompliance Report, which pertains to about 40,000 permitted Clean Water Act dischargers across the country. Report lists state-by-state summary data of violations and enforcement responses taken by states for smaller facilities.
EPA aims to cut mercury emissions from boilers.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 3, 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing proposals that would cut U.S. mercury emissions by more than half and would significantly cut other pollutants from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators. These pollutants include several air toxics which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health problems and environmental damage. When fully implemented, proposals would yield combined health benefits estimated at $18-$44 billion annually.
IPC Apex Expo 2010 honors best industry posters.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 3, 2010 During IPC APEX EXPO, IPC announced 2010 Best Industry Posters. Tied for first place honors were Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., National Physical Laboratory, and David Lee, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. In addition, EXPO held academic poster competition with 10 posters highlighting research being conducted at college level. Attendees voted on top 3 posters, with first-place honors going to Pylin Sarobol, Aaron Pedigo, P. Su, J.E. Blendell, and C.A. Handwerker, Sc.D., from Purdue University.
IPC APEX EXPO 2010 Attendance points to end of recession.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 3, 2010 Verified attendance figures from IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 indicated 10% increase over last year, with 3,702 attendees. In total, 6,683 attendees and exhibitors participated. Increased participation was also seen in technical conference, professional development courses, and executive management meetings. According to Aqueous Technologies Corp. President Michael Konrad, "This year's show hailed a visible end to the recession with crowded aisles and buying customers."
DOE announces $529 million loan to Fisker Automotive.
U.S. Department of Energy    Washington, DC 20585
May 3, 2010 Department of Energy announced closing of $528.7 million loan with Fisker Automotive for development and production of 2 lines of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Loan will support the Karma, a full-size, 4-door sports sedan, and a line of family oriented models being developed under Project NINA program. Fisker expects to manufacture hybrid lines at recently shuttered GM factory in Wilmington, DE, and anticipates that it will employ 2,000 American assembly workers.

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