Proposed White House budget slashes scientific funding

President Donald Trump’s proposed $1.15 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018 makes defense spending a priority with a $54 billion increase over last year, but delivers huge cuts to science, according to Science News. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be the hardest hit with a 31 percent slash in budget compared to 2017. The National Institutes of Health faces an 18 percent cut and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science could lose about 17 percent of its funding.

Global hydrazine market expected to reach $485 Million by 2022

The hydrazine market was valued at $314 million in 2015 and is forecasted to hit $485 million by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5 percent from 2016 to 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. The blowing agents segment held nearly one-third of the total market in 2015, and is expected to be the highest growing agent in the hydrazine market.

Dupont, Chemours agree to settle water pollution MDL

Dupont and Chemours Co. agreed to pay $670.7 million to resolve a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving about 3,550 lawsuits from plaintiffs who claimed they were sickened after consuming drinking water they allege was contaminated by DuPont’s former Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, according to Delaware Law Weekly. The plant is now owned and operated by Chemours. The lawsuits, pending in an Ohio federal court, claimed the plant was dumping toxic chemical known as C8 into the Ohio River.

Dupont and Chemours will split the cash payments but are not admitting wrongdoing. Chemours is not named as a defendant in the case but was obligated to cover part of the cost based on a separation agreement the company signed in 2014 when it spun off of Dupont.

Source: Delaware Law Weekly

Hydraulic Institute launches PEI calculator for DOE regulated pumps

One of the biggest challenges manufacturers will face as they prepare to meet the 2020 compliance and labeling requires outlined by the Department of Energy (DOE) pump energy conservation standard released January 2016, will be calculating the Pump Energy Index (PEI).

The DOE Test Procedure is based on the Hydraulic Institute’s (HI) standard for pump efficiency testing (HI 40.6). It is a multi-stepped process, and the data required to determine a pump’s PEI, can vary according to the product configuration. To help pump manufacturers understand the complex test procedure and calculate PEI in a consistent manner, HI developed two different PEI Calculator tools with the help of member companies Engineered Software Inc. and Intelliquip LLC.

The online calculator is available at er.pumps.org/pei.  Members can also receive a copy of the excel calculator during the HI Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration March 8-13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida, or by contacting pgaydon@pumps.org.