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Environmental Site Characterization

Zirconium Production
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The Kroll Papers

ASTM Standards for
Ready-Mixed Concrete 

ASTM Standards for
Protective Coating
Application and Inspection

Manual 68, Crude Oil

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HEADLINES...This month's top stories
2011 Membership Renewal
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"My Meeting Materials" Tool Now Available 
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ASTM President's Leadership Award
Nominations are being sought for the 2011 President's Leadership Award. The President's Leadership Award recognizes individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example and vision. The nomination deadline is Feb. 1, 2011. 
Washington Internship for Students of Engineering
ASTM is currently accepting student nominations for the 2010 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. For 10 weeks, WISE students will live in Washington, D.C., and learn how government decisions are made on technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative/public policy decisions. The application deadline for the summer 2011 WISE program is Dec. 31. 
 COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Pervious Concrete 
Committee C09 is working on two new test methods in response to the increasing use of pervious concrete. [Full Story]

Plastic Piping  
All interested parties are invited to join Committee F17 in the development of a proposed new standard on design calculations for close-fit liners. [Full Story]

Floor Coverings  
Committee F06's new standard qualifies the types of meters that are used to determine moisture levels in concrete, gypsum concrete and other types of floor slabs.
[Full Story]

Nanostructured Coatings 
B08's newest subcommittee will focus on the ongoing advances being made in the field of nanostructured inorganic coatings. [Full Story]

Lumber Products 
A proposed revision to Committee D07's standard on structural composite lumber would add bamboo as a fiber material that can be used in the manufacture of products. [Full Story]

Nondestructive Testing 
Committee E07 has approved three new standards that will aid users in the use of digital detector arrays for film-to-digital transition. [Full Story]

Wear and Erosion    
Committee G02 has announced they will visit the Tribology Laboratory at the University of Florida as a part of their December meeting.
[Full Story]
More GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

European Union Visitor's Program  
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States has selected Anthony R. Quinn, director of public policy and international trade at ASTM International, as a delegate in the 2011 European Union Visitor's Program (EUVP). Jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission, the EUVP consists of meetings with EU officials at EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg in order to gain first-hand appreciation of goals, policies and peoples, and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-European Union counties and their EU counterparts. Quinn is one of only 20 representatives from the United States to be chosen as a delegate. [Full Story]
 DID YOU KNOW? . . .  Food Service Equipmentmore3

Anyone who has ever set foot in a restaurant, catering or hotel commercial kitchen knows that the equipment used is quite different from that of a home kitchen. Large commercial establishments serve meals to hundreds and sometimes thousands of diners daily, and having the proper equipment is extremely important to their success. Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment develops standards that cover the handling, storage, preparation, cooking, holding, display, dispensing and serving of food in commercial and institutional establishments. There are several standards for various equipment for cooking and warming, storage and dispensing, and mechanical preparation, as well as food preparation and cleaning, sanitation and ventilation.  Dishwashing machines, food waste disposers, frying and braising pans, electric and gas ovens, microwaves, broilers, freezers and icemakers, slicing and mixing machines, food processors, bun and bread slicing machines, griddles, kettles, fryers, and woks are just some of the food service equipment covered by F26. The committee also works with ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps restaurant owners and operators improve the performance of their facilities and equipment while reducing energy costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through Subcommittee F26.06 on Productivity and Energy Protocol. See more about the work of Committee F26 on the ASTM website.