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ANSI welcomes new members.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 8, 2009 In September 2009, ANSI welcomed The Pennsylvania State University, College of Engineering; Collaborative Fusion, Inc.; Flexible Lifeline Systems; Building Performance Institute, Inc.; Solar Junction; Dolby Laboratories, Inc.; Grass Valley, Inc., and Kindsight, Inc. Under Institute's umbrella, diverse constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace and to improve quality of life for all citizens.
Standards promote oral health during Dental Hygiene Month.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 8, 2009 American Dental Association, a member and accredited standards developer of ANSI, recommends that all children and adults brush their teeth twice a day. International Standards are in place to address requirements for effective toothbrushes. IEC 60335-2-52 Ed. 3.1 b:2008 deals with the safety of electric oral hygiene appliances used in the home, while ISO 20126:2005 provides guidance for manual toothbrushes. Several American National Standards address gloves worn by dentists and hygienists.
AWWA to host seminar on financial management.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
October 8, 2009 On November 18-20, AWWA will host Financial Management: Cost of Service Rate-Making Seminar, which will teach attendees how to be precise and correct when setting rates. Attendees will learn to develop defendable policies, evaluate financial policies and rate impacts, and set fair revenue requirements. Presenters include Thomas E. Gould, National Technical Director of Finance and Rates, HDR Engineering and David B. LaFrance, Director of Finance, Denver Water.
AWWA announces webcast on water operator exam.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
October 8, 2009 AWWA's third webcast in Fall Operator Series, Things That Tripped Me Up on the Water Operator Exam, will provide operators with basic knowledge, tips, and suggestions for taking water operator certification exam. Learning objectives will include key areas of exam causing difficulty, resources available for study guides, and specific regulations that are included on exam. Suzanne De la Cruz, Dave Rexing, and Mike Smith will be presenters.
ASTM proposes vehicle-pavement standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 8, 2009 ASTM International Committee E17 has proposed WK25280, Practice for Highway Traffic Monitoring Truth-in-Data, which describes how truth-in-data should be applied to data collection, summarization, and reporting. It will help ensure traffic monitoring data are understood and can be compared within and among agencies now and over time, according to David Albright. Users will include traffic monitoring system developers, traffic data collectors/users, and technology-based companies.
NTSB issues safety recommendations to FAA.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
October 8, 2009 NTSB recommendations include A-09-108, requiring operators of PT6A-34, -35, and -36 engines to incorporate reliability standards, noted in current service bulletin, into maintenance programs. Others include A-09-109 for evaluating Portland Flight Standards District Office's surveillance of such programs, and A-09-110, for resolving differences between AC 120-17A and AC 120-16E. Following this, NTSB recommends review of existing on-condition programs. NTSB letter is available on Web/PDF.
NAM Economist equates jobs report to fragile recovery.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 8, 2009 David Huether, NAM Chief Economist, issued a statement in response to the Department of Labor's recent report on unemployment, which noted the loss of 263,000 jobs in September and a rise in unemployment rate to 9.8%. Huether said this "should be seen as a 'yellow flag' for economic recovery" and that the economy remains fragile and would be in danger if Congress and the Administration enact policies that discourage investment, hamper flexibility, and raise costs of doing business.
FAA Administrator forewarns failed pledges of ill judgment.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
October 8, 2009 The majority of U.S. air carriers responded to the FAA's Call to Action with written commitments to implement several best practices and adhere to the highest professional standards. Randy Babbitt promised to make public those airlines that did not produce a written pledge to implement the most critical safety improvements, and the FAA is publishing that list. Babbitt said he is also releasing results of a similar Call to Action issued to pilot union organizations.
CSC issues objectives for export control modernization.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 8, 2009 Coalition for Security and Competitiveness sent key Administration officials set of principles and implementation objectives to guide modernization of U.S. export control system. Coalition recommended that modernization prevent proliferation of, and access to, sensitive critical technologies by current and potential adversaries; promote defense cooperation, foreign sales, and interoperability with U.S. partners and allies; and strengthen U.S. competitiveness in global technology markets.
ASHRAE Seminar to address energy management.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 8, 2009 Offered as part of ASHRAE Learning Institute at 2010 Winter Conference, full-day Professional Development Seminar, Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings: A Sustainable Activity, will combine principles of ASHRAE Handbook, ENERGY STARŪ guidelines, and practical experience of successful energy managers. Hands-on approach allows attendees to gain skills in analyzing state of energy management at their own organizations and plan steps to enhance it.
Award Recognizes Morton Jones as industry contributor.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 8, 2009 Morton Jones, director of research and development - caulks and adhesives - at Gardner-Gibson, received the Lou Toporcer Hall of Fame Award from ASTM International Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants. The award recognizes distinguished service in the area of building seals and sealants, contributions to the stimulation of research and promotion of knowledge, as well as service to the industry and committee. Jones has been a member of ASTM International since 1996.
NAM responds to proposed reforms of export controls.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 7, 2009 In response to announcement that Obama Administration will review export control policies, Frank Vargo said NAM is pleased Department of Commerce will consider eliminating many export licensing requirements for allies and partner nations. Department will also develop system for exports to countries that do not pose security threats. Vargo believes these actions will allow U.S. companies to compete for lucrative foreign markets, while focusing on efforts vital to national security.
NIST evaluates iris recognition algorithms.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
October 7, 2009 After judging 18 state-of-the-art algorithms from 10 different providers, NIST Iris Exchange Evaluation found VeriEye 2.1 from Neurotechnology to be in top 3 for accuracy as well as the fastest for matching. Testing focused on compressed image recognition and interoperable formats in attempt to provide data standards to support data exchange, storage, and smart card use. Algorithm meets requirements of ANSI INCITS 379-2004 and ISO/IEC 19794-6 standards.
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n Program includes more testing features.
Wi-Fi Alliance    Austin, TX 78759
October 7, 2009 Product testing has begun for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) n program, which updates the 2-year-old Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 program by adding testing for some optional features available in Wi-Fi equipment: test support for simultaneous transmission of up to 3 spatial streams, packet aggregation, Space-time Block Coding, and channel coexistence measures. Also, updated logo, taglines, and product labeling matrix will help consumers make informed choices about Wi-Fi products.
NACD selects Responsible Distribution Process verifiers.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
October 7, 2009 NACD has selected Eagle Group USA, Inc. and Compliance Solutions Group LLC as independent verifiers for Responsible Distribution ProcessSM's 4th 3-year cycle. Both are current verifiers for NACD performing onsite verifications for NACD member and Chemical Handler Affiliate companies. These verifications ensure that those NACD companies adhere to RDP's Code of Management Practice and follow accepted environmental, health, safety, and security performance areas.
Competition offers $1 million for advances in hydrogen storage.
National Hydrogen Association    Washington, DC 20036
October 7, 2009 Launched by Department of Energy, H-Prize Competition is offering $1 million cash award to individual or team that creates most advanced materials for hydrogen storage in vehicles. U.S. Congress authorized H-Prize in Section 654 of Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In all, Act could provide up to $4 million/year and single $10 million cash prize in public funding over 10-year period for most significant innovations in hydrogen storage, production, utilization, and distribution.
Registration open for Strategic Asset Management conference.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
October 7, 2009 Scheduled for Nov 11-13 and hosted by AWWA and International Water Association, 2009 Leading-Edge Conference on Strategic Asset Management will provide opportunity to discuss developments at leading edge of water and wastewater infrastructure to audience of utility personnel, regulators, and consultants. Specific topics will include approaches to asset management, asset management on national and utility levels, standardizing asset management concepts, sustainability, and knowledge transfer.
BIO applauds progress in labeling of bio-based products.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
October 7, 2009 Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO Industrial and Environmental Section, said proposed USDA Certified Biobased Product voluntary labeling program will help consumers identify biotechnology-based products and spur development of low-carbon goods and materials made from renewable resources. Erickson also said program identifies as many as 2,400 new products from 562 companies as bio-based products eligible for voluntary labeling.
Proposed Green Building Standard draws nearer to publication.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 6, 2009 Currently open for public review, Proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is being developed by ASHRAE in conjunction with Illuminating Engineering Society and U.S. Green Building Council and is expected to be published in early 2010. Standard provides total building sustainability package, addressing everything from design and commissioning to plans for high-performance operation.
EPA's Principles on Chemicals Management mark important step.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
October 6, 2009 NACD welcomes U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's announcement of agency's principles on reform of Toxic Substance Control Act. According to NACD President, Chris Jahn, principles are first step in debate about future of chemicals management. NACD looks forward to working with EPA, Congress, and other stakeholders on details of TSCA modernization legislation that will result in greater protection of human health and the environment while allowing for continued chemical industry innovation.

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