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ANSI Standards Action, Vol 48, No. 8 and Vol 48, No. 9 (3-7-17)

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 48, No. 8) and (Volume 48, No. 9) are now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 48, No. 8 and volume 48, No.9 includes:

 

Comment Deadline: April 10, 2017:

  • AWWA C220-201x (Revisions of AWWA C220-2012), Stainless-Steel Pipe-1/2 in. (13 mm) and Larger. This standard pertains to stainless-steel pipe that is seamless, longitudinal seam, or spiral-seam welded, 1/2 in. (13 mm) in nominal diameter and larger, intended for the transmission and distribution of potable water, wastewater, reclaimed water, and for use in other water-supply system facilities. Obtain a free copy from vdavid@awwa.org. Comments can be sent (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to vdavid@awwa.org.
  • UL 181-2013 (R201x), Standard for Safety for Factory-Made Air Ducts and Connectors. An electronic copy can be obtained from htttp://www.comm-2000.com. Comments can be sent (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Griff Edwards at griff.edwards@ul.com.
  • UL 60335-2-89-201x (R201x), Household and Similar Electrical Appliances-Safety-Part 2-89: Particular for Commercial Refrigerating Appliances with an incorporatedor Remote Refrigerant Unit or Compressor. Obtain an electronic copy from www.comm-2000.com. Comments can be sent (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Alan McGrath at alan.t.mcgrath@ul.com.

Call for Members:

  • ASHRAE Standard 41.4-201x (Revisions, Standard Methods for Measurements of Proportion of Lubricant in Liquid Refrigerant.   Stakeholders: HVAC&R equipment producers and consumers, test labs, instrument manufacturers, and code and regulatory agencies.   Project Need: To describe and reference a different uncertainty method. To update the standard as appropriate. To fully comply with ASHRAE's mandatory language requirements.   The purpose of this standard is to prescribe methods for the measuring of the proportion of lubricant in liquid refrigerant.   Any questions pertaining to the new ASHRAE 41.4 standard, please contact Tanisha Meyers-Lisle at 678-539-1111 or by email at tmlisle@ashrae.org      

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 48, No. 3 (1-23-17) 

The January 20, 2017 of ANSI Standards Action (Volume48, No. 3 ) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards.

Some of the highlighted items for the  volume 48, No. 3 includes:

  • A call for members has been issued for the ASME BPVC Section XIII-201x (new standard), ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code-Rules for Overpressure Protection . Interested parties may email ASME at ansibox@asme.org.

  • ASHRAE 189.1 (addenda to ASHRAE 189.1-2014), Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is open for comments. Clickhere to view these full changes . Comment deadline is February 19, 2017. Comments can be send to psa@ansi.org.

  • CSA B45.11/IAPMO Z401-2011 (R201x) (reaffirmation of CSA B45.11/IAPMO Z401-2011), Glass plumbing fixtures is open for comments. This Standard covers lavatories and sinks made of glass and specifies test methods, performance requirements, and marking requirements. Obtain an electronic copy from standards@iapmo.standards.org. Comment deadline is March 6, 2017.

  • AWWA C530-201x (revision of AWWA C530-2012), Pilot-Operated Control Valves. This standard establishes minimum requirements for pilot-operated control valves of globe, angle and wye body styles with various end connections in sizes from 1-1/2 in. through 60 in. (37.5 mm through 1,500 mm) in diameter, with water having a pH range from 6 to 9 and a temperature range from 40 degrees to 125 degrees F (4.4 degrees to 52 degrees C). An electronic copy from vdavid@awwa.org. Comment deadline March 6, 2017.

  • CSA Z21.61-1983 (reaffirmation of CSA Z21.61-1983 (R2013)), Gas-Fired Toilets . This standard details test and examination criteria for gas-fired toilets for use with natural, manufactured and mixed gases; liquefied petroleum gases; and LP gas-air mixtures. An electronic copy from cathy.rake@csagroup.org. Comment deadline March 6, 2017.

  • CSA Z21.93-201x (revision of CSA Z21.93-2013), Excess Flow Valves for Natural Gas and Propane Gas up to Pressures of 5 psig . Details test and examination criteria for excess flow valves used after the service meter or second-stage regulator not to exceed the 2-inch (51-mm) nominal pipe size, or for use with natural, manufactured and mixed gases; liquefied petroleum (LP) gases; and LP gas-air mixtures at pressures not to exceed 5 psig, having a minimum operating pressure of no greater than 5 inches water column and capable of operation within an ambient temperature range of -20°F to 150°F (-29°C to +66°C). Valves shall also be capable of operation at temperatures outside this specified range when so specified by the manufacturer. An electronic copy from cathy.rake@csagroup.org. Comment deadline March 6, 2017.
ASA Appointed to the ICC Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (1-18-17)  

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that ASA has been appointed by the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors as a member of the Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (PMGCAC) for the 2018-2019 Code Development Cycle. Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA's Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes. The objective of the Code Action Committees is to enhance the technical requirements of the International Codes. Read more

Federal Register notice: Trichloroethylene (TCE); Regulation of Use in Vapor Degreasing under TSCA §6(a) (1-12-17)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban the use of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used in vapor degreasing. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Specifically, EPA is proposing to prohibit manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in vapor degreasing. EPA is also proposing to require manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the prohibitions.

Potential affected entities may include: Petroleum manufacturing, synthetic rubber manufacturing, machine shops, fluid power pumps and motor manufacturing, industrial and commercial fan and blower and air purification equipment, just to name a few. Please see prepublication copy notice for instructions on how to submit a comment.

Comments on the proposed rule must be received by March 11, 2017 (60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register). Read more

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 48, No. 1 (1-10-17)

The January 6, 2017 of ANSI Standards Action ( Volume 48, No. 51 ) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 48, No. 51 includes:

  • American Gas Association Z380.1-2015 TR 14-21-201x (addenda to GPTC Z380.1-2015), Guide for Gas Transition Distribution, and Gathering Piping System is open for comments. Comment deadline is February 20, 2017.

  •  SMACNA 011-201x (New Standard), Thermoset FRP Duct Construction Manual is open for comments. This standard is an authoritative manual that design engineers, industrial engineering departments, pollution control authorities, FRP manufacturers and installation contractors can rely upon for the proper selection, manufacture, and installation of RP duct systems. Comment deadline is February 20, 2017.
EPA Proposes Adding Natural Gas Processing Facilities to List of Industrial Sectors Covered by the Toxics Release Inventory (1-09-17)

EPA is proposing to add natural gas processing facilities to the scope of the industrial sectors covered by the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Natural gas processing facilities that primarily recover sulfur from natural gas are already an industrial sector covered by TRI. This action proposes to expand coverage to all natural gas processing facilities. These facilities receive natural gas and then refine this gas.

Facilities primarily engaged in natural gas extraction (e.g., exploration, fracking, etc.) are  not included in this proposal.

Adding natural gas processing facilities to the TRI would meaningfully increase the information available to the public on releases and other waste management of listed chemicals from the natural gas processing sector and further the purposes of section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

ASA Appointed to the NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 Technical Committees (1-05-17)

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce it will serve as a voting member in the development of NFPA 54 ( National Fuel Gas Code) and NFPA 58 ( Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code).  Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA’s Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes.  ASA understands that the provisions in NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 can potentially affect the interest of its members.  NFPA 54 can affect members of the plumbing and HVAC industry; and NFPA 58 can affect members of the PVF industry.  ASA is committed to participating in the development of these codes and bettering an industry, which protects the public’s health and welfare.  READ MORE

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 52 (12-23-16)

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action ( Volume47, No. 52 ) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47,No. 52 includes:

  • NSF 14-201x (i82r1) (revision of NSF 14-2007 (i17)), Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials is open for comments. This Standard applies to thermoplastic and thermoset plastic piping system components including, but not limited to, pipes, fittings, valves, joining materials, gaskets, and appurtenances. Comment deadline is January 22, 2017.

  •  ASME BPVC Section XII-201x (revision of ASME BPVC Section XII-2015), Rules for Construction and continued service of Transport Tanks is open for comments. This Standard provides recommended rules for construction and continued service of pressure vessels for the transportation of dangerous goods via highway, rail, air, or water. Comment deadline is February 6, 2017.

  •  AWWA C600-201x (revision of AWWA C600-2010), Installation of Ductile-Iron Mains and Their Appurtenances is open for comments. This standard describes installation procedures for ductile-iron mains and their appurtenances for potable water, wastewater, reclaimed water, and raw water. Comment deadline is February 6, 2017.

  •  AWWA C151/A21.51-201x (revision of AWWA C151/A21.51-2009), Ductile-Iron Pipe, Centrifugally Cast is open for comments. This standard describes 3-in. through 64-in. (80-mm through 1,600-mm) ductile-iron pipe, centrifugally cast, for potable water, raw water, wastewater, and reclaimed water systems with push-on joints or mechanical joints. Comment deadline is February 6, 2017.

  • NSF 14 has a call for members to generate NSF 14-201x (i82r1), Plastics Piping System Components and Related Material. This Standard applies to thermoplastic and thermoset plastic piping system components including, but not limited to, pipes, fittings, valves, joining materials, gaskets, and appurtenances.

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 51 (12-16-16)

The Dec 16, 2016 of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47,No. 51) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47, No. 51 includes:

  • UL 1453-201x (revision of UL 1453-2016 ), Standard for Safety for Electric Booster and Commercial Storage Tank Water heaters, is open for comments. The requirements of this standard cover electric booster water heaters, electric commercial storage tank water heaters, and remote control assemblies for such heaters. Comment deadline is January 15, 2017. 
  • ASME BPVC Section I-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section I-2015) , Rules for Construction of Power Boilers, is open for comments. The rules are applicable to boilers in which steam or other vapor is generated at a pressures of more than 15 psig (100 kPa) for use external to itself, and high temperature water boilers intended for operation at pressures exceeding 160 psig (1.1 MPa) and/or temperatures exceeding 250 degree F (120 degree C). Comment deadline is January 30, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section VII-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section VII-2015), Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers, is open for comments. The purpose of Section VII, Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers, is to promote safety in the use of power boilers. These guidelines are intended for use by those directly responsible for operating, maintaining, and examining power boilers. Comment deadline is January 30, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section VIII-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section VIII-2015), Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels, is open for comments. This Section contains mandatory requirements, specific prohibitions, and nonmandatory guidance for pressure vessel materials, design, fabrication, examination, inspection, testing, certification, and pressure relief. Comment deadline is January 30, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section X-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section X-2015), Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels , is open for comments. Section X of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code provides requirements for the fabrication of fiber-reinforced thermosetting plastic pressure vessels for general service, sets limitations on the permissible service conditions, and defines the types of vessels to which these rules are not applicable. Comment deadline is January 30, 2017.    

EPA Releases Report on Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (12-15-16)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources. This final report provides a review and synthesis of available scientific information concerning the relationship between hydraulic fracturing activities and drinking water resources in the United States. Read more

EPA released the final report, “Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources”. Read the executive summary and the entire report.

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 50 (12-9-16)

The Dec 9, 2016 of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47, No. 50) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47, No. 50 includes:

  • UL 296-101x (revision of UL 296-2011(2015)), Standard for Safety for Oil Burners is open for comments. All changes can be viewed on the ANSI Standards Action Volume 47, No. 50. Comment deadline is January 8, 2017.
  • UL 103 (revision of UL 103-2012), Standard for Safety for Factory-Built Chimneys for Residential Type and Building Heating Applainces is open for comments. These requirements covers factorybuilt chimneys intended for venting gas, liquid, and solid-fuel-fired residential-type appliances and building heating appliances in which the maximum continuous flue-gas outlet temperatures do not exceed 1000°F (538°C). Comment deadline is January 23, 2017.
  • ACCA has a call for members to generate ACCA 12-201x (revision of ACCA 12 QH-2014).
  • UL has a call for members to generate UL 103-201x (revision of UL 103-2012) Standard for Safety for Factory-Built chimneys for Residential Type and Building Heating Appliances .
  • MSSP SP-44-2016, Steel Pipeline Flanges has been approved by the ANSI Board of Standards Review or by an ANSI-Audited Designator, as applicable. This document replaces the 2010 edition.

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 49 (12-2-16)

The Dec 2, 2016 issue of ANSI Standards Action ( Volume 47, No. 49) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47, No. 49 includes:

  • NSF 46-201x (revision of NSF 46-2016), Evaluation of components and devices used in wastewater treatment systems is open for comments. This Standard is intended for use with components and devices not covered by other NSF wastewater standards. Comment deadline is January 1, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section IV-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section IV-2006), Rules for Construction of Heating Boilers is open for comments. The rules of this Section of the Code cover minimum construction requirements for the design, fabrication, installation, and inspection of steam heating, hot water heating, hot water supply boilers that are directly fired with oil, gas, electricity, coal, or other solid or liquid fuels, and for operation at or below the pressure and temperature limits set forth in this document. Similar rules for potable water heaters are also included. Comment deadline is January 16, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section VI-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section VI-2015), Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers is open for comments. This Standard provides recommended rules for the care and operation of Heating Boilers covered under Section IV of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Comment deadline is January 16, 2017.
  • NSF 46 has a call for members to generate NSF 46-201x (revision of NSF 46-2016). This standards evaluates components and devices used in wastewater treatment systems.
EPA Moves to Ban Certain Aerosol Degreasers and Dry Cleaning Spot Removers as the First Major Regulatory Action Under Chemical Reform Law (12-8-16)

EPA is proposing to ban certain uses of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used as an aerosol degreaser and as a spot removal agent in dry cleaning. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Read more


ANSI Standards Action (November 2016) 

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47, No. 47 and No.48 ) is now available. Also, a synopsis has been generated which indicates the pertinent information. Some of the highlighted items for the month of November 2016 includes:

- ASSE has announced the formation of a new standard to address tankless water heaters (BSR/ASSE 1085-201x). ASSE currently has a call for members to generate the ASSE 1085-201x. Tankless water heaters with integral scald and thermal shock protection for plumbed emergency equipment .

- The International Code Council (ICC) is accepting public comments for a new standard for rainwater collection systems. The deadline to submit public comments is January 2, 2017.

EPA Announces Public Meeting on New Chemicals Review under the Amended TSCA (11-17-16)
On December 14th, 2016, EPA is holding a meeting to update the public on changes to the New Chemicals Review Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (TSCA). Click here to register for the meeting by December 13, 2016.

EPA is Proposing to Add Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs) to the Toxic Release Inventory (11-17-16)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add a nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) category to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals. This proposal, if finalized, would expand the scope of chemicals subject to reporting and provide communities with more complete information on toxic chemical releases.

EPA will accept comments for 60 days from the date the proposed rule publishes in the Federal Register. For more information on the proposed rule and the TRI Program, click here for more information.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are surfactants that have been in commerce for over 50 years. Products containing NPEs are used in many sectors, including textile processing, paints, resins and protective coatings, oil and gas recovery, steel manufacturing, and power generation. A variety of cleaning products, degreasers and detergents are also available for institutional and domestic use. These products have numerous applications, including controlling deposits on machinery, cleaning equipment, and scouring fibres; as wetting and de-wetting agents; in dyeing and machine felt cleaning and conditioning; and in product finishing.

Commonly Used Solvents Found to Cause Cancer by the CAL EPA/OEHHA (11-14-16)
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is releasing a revised draft document summarizing the carcinogenicity and derivation of an inhalation cancer unit risk factor (URF) for tertiary-Butyl Acetate (TBAc). Inhalation cancer unit risk factors are used to estimate lifetime cancer risks associated with inhalation exposure to a carcinogen. These documents will be reviewed and discussed by the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants (SRP) at its meeting on December 14, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.

TBAC is commonly used as a solvent in a variety of products including coatings, inks, adhesives, industrial cleaners and degreasers. Read more

ASME B16.10 Public Review Draft Available for Public Comment
ASME B16.10 (Face-to-Face and End-to-End Dimensions of Valves) currently has a public review draft file. The deadline to submit public comments is November 21, 2016. The Technical Committee for ASME B16 (Standardization of Valves, Flanges, Fittings, and Gaskets) will meet on March 13, 2017 through March 15, 2017 in Now Orleans Louisiana. Public comments can be submitted to the ASME B16 Staff Liaison at lucasR@asme.org.

ASME B16.47 Public Review Draft Available for Public Comment
ASME B16.47 (Large Diameter Steel Flanges) currently has a public review draft file. The deadline to submit public comments is November 21, 2016. The Technical Committee for ASME B16 (Standardization of Valves, Flanges, Fittings, and Gaskets) will meet on March 13, 2017 through March 15, 2017 in Now Orleans Louisiana. Public comments can be submitted to the ASME B16 Staff Liaison at lucasR@asme.org.

ASME B16.47 is referenced in the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) is allowed as an alternate standard in the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and can be used in mechanical systems.







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