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ASTM International Committee
Friday, 25 January 2013 12:21

By David Smith, Technical Specialist

On January 27 and 28 I will be attending the annual meeting of D18 on soil and rock. The committee is forming a brand new subcommittee for the development of methods pertaining to the emerging industry of hydraulic fracturing or fracking as it is commonly called. Members of subcommittee D18.26 will be at the forefront of change in this dynamic field, developing the consensus standards that guide best practices throughout the oil and gas industry and safeguard precious water, land and air resources. The committee will pursue a standards agenda that fills critical needs across all aspects of hydraulic fracturing including:

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The Kilogram Has Gained Weight
Monday, 07 January 2013 10:40
By Tia Ghose | LiveScience.com

The international prototype kilogram is a cylinder of platinum and platinum-iridium alloy, which is kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) near Paris.Enlarge Photo

The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-shaped hunk of metal that defines the fundamental unit of mass, has gained tens of micrograms in weight from surface contamination, according to a new study.

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STATEMENT BY EPA ADMINISTRATOR LISA P. JACKSON ANNOUNCING HER LEAVING CABINET AFTER STATE OF UNION
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 07:07
WASHINGTON -- I want to thank President Obama for the honor he bestowed on me and the confidence he placed in me four years ago this month when he announced my nomination as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. At the time I spoke about the need to address climate change, but also said: "There is much more on the agenda: air pollution, toxic chemicals and children's health issues, redevelopment and waste-site cleanup issues, and justice for the communities who bear disproportionate risk." As the President said earlier this year when he addressed EPA's employees, "You help make sure the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat are safe. You help protect the environment not just for our children but their children. And you keep us moving toward energy independence…We have made historic progress on all these fronts." So, I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference.
 
EPA Releases First Set of Draft Risk Assessments Under Existing Chemicals Work Plan Effort
Monday, 07 January 2013 06:38
WASHINGTON - EPA today released for public comment draft risk assessments, for particular uses, on five chemicals found in common household products. The draft risk assessments were developed as part of the agency's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified common chemicals for review over the coming years to assess any impacts on people's health and the environment. Following public comment, the agency will seek an independent, scientific peer review of the assessments before beginning to finalize them in the fall of 2013.
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EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Quality Awards
Monday, 24 December 2012 07:31

(New York, NY - December 20, 2012) Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors businesses, individuals, governments and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations over the past year. EPA is now seeking nominations for this annual award. Winners will be honored at an awards event in April 2013. Each winner will receive a plaque recognizing her or his environmental achievement at a ceremony during Earth Week. The Agency is accepting nominations for its Environmental Quality Awards until February 19, 2013.

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