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CERAMIC DECORATING: California Attorney General Questions Prop 65 Fees

August 1, 2007
California Attorney General (AG) Jerry Brown and Deputy Attorney General Ed Weil contacted Proposition 65 plaintiff's attorney Cliff Chanler in May to question the "manner in which (Chanler and his clients had) pursued Proposition 65 matters concerning lead in the surface coatings of glassware and ceramicware." The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) contacted AG Brown to express support for his efforts and to ask him to carefully review how Proposition 65 warning threshold standards are effectively established for an industry as part of private opt-in settlement negotiations.
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INSIDE CI: Flexibility and the Dog Days

August 1, 2007
The monthly roundup from Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.
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REFRACTORIES REVIEW: Thermal Management Advances

June 1, 2007
Every day, refractories serve the very important functions of controlling and confining high temperatures and chemical reactions in industrial processes worldwide. The theme of the 43rd Symposium on Refractories, held March 28-29, was Thermal Management.
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INSIDE CI: Idea Evolution

June 1, 2007
The monthly roundup from Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.
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INSIDE <em>CI</em>: Pressed for Time

May 1, 2007
The monthly roundup from Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.
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CERAMIC DECORATING: TRI Burden Reduction

April 1, 2007
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final burden reduction rule in December 2006 that enables Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) filers to use the simplified Form A (instead of the more complicated Form R) to report annual usage of lead and lead compounds in certain instances. This modest paperwork reduction effort has been targeted by some environmental groups, and legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that would reverse the EPA rule.
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KILN CONNECTION: Connection Lost

April 1, 2007
When I worked in manufacturing as an employee, I looked forward to my annual salary increase to help cover inflation, and maybe provide a little more breathing room between my expenses and income. What do you look forward to today? There doesn't seem to be much cause for optimism for U.S. manufacturing engineers and technical people.
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INSIDE CI: Getting a Handle on Things

April 1, 2007
The monthly editor's memo from Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.
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<strong>INSIDE <em>CI</em></strong>: Recognizing Opportunities

March 1, 2007
Every so often, it's not necessity that motivates us, but opportunity. Of course, sometimes it's difficult to recognize opportunities; they're often disguised as obstacles.
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<strong>INSIDE <em>CI</em></strong>: Focus on R&D

February 1, 2007
French mathematician and philosopher Henri Poincaré‚ said, "Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks; but an accumulation of facts is no more science than
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