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Grede, Freedom Awards Presented at Executive Conference


Recipients of the William J. Grede and Keating Founders’


Freedom Award were announced at the 2013 AFS Foundry Executive Conference held Sept. 22-24 in Napa, Calif. Te William J. Grede Award was presented to Manuel


Rivera, Alfa Corporativo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Te award is given to an individual who demonstrates major contributions in the field of management, marketing or education that has resulted in expanding the effective use of metal castings. Te Keating Founders’ Freedom Award was presented


to Geary Smith, G & W Electric Co., Bolingbrook, Ill. Te award is given to an individual demonstrating significant con- tribution to the metalcasting industry and active participation in the fields of government affairs, human resource manage- ment, safety and health, or education. More than 160 attended the conference including execu-


tives, their spouses and AFS representatives. Agenda high- lights included a presentation on healthcare reform updates for 2014, best practices for communicating in a crisis and a sightseeing tour of Castello di Amorosa, a Tuscan-style Cas- tello located on 30 acres of vineyard.


Copper Committee Submits Comments on No-Lead Rule


Te new definition for lead-free products set forth in the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 is scheduled to be enacted starting January 2014. AFS has submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking for additional clarification and changes before the new requirements take place. Te act revises the definition of lead-free product from


a lead content of not more than 8% to not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead when used in components used for drinking water. According to AFS, the requirements pose some significant challenges for metalcasting operations. EPA has been soliciting input from industry, state, and


local water utilities to provide clarification on the new requirements. Te AFS Copper Committee worked with the Washington Office to provide a response. In its comments, AFS stated the new regulatory requirements will increase manufacturing costs and restrict product availability without providing significant human health benefits beyond those al- ready provided by the existing lead drinking water standards. One of the biggest concerns for the industry is the availability of substitutes for lead, which contains essential functional characteristics such as malleability and machinability. AFS also expressed concerns about how the new law will be implemented and what standard will be used to measure compliance. A guidance document on implementation is expected from EPA before the end of 2013.


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