To my esteemed colleagues:
As Labor Day approaches here in the United States, our labors in bringing professional standards to our industry are still not complete. After considerable time and effort, it is the conclusion of the ASTM drafting committee that the Standard for companies will be slightly revised and will again be going to ballot after this Monday’s holiday.
As the ASTM editorial board has not accepted the changes that we previously attempted to make as acceptable within the parameters of a second ballot, we must return to a first-ballot standard. This means, in effect, that we require a 90% vote in favor or abstaining in order to pass the Standard to the next stage. Although the changes that we’ve instituted are relatively small, they do satisfy the concerns of a number of key players in the process, and in my personal opinion do represent improvements in the language of the document. I would urge you to respond positively to the upcoming ballot if you are a voting member of the ASTM. Proximate to the date when this ballot is launched I will, as a matter of courtesy, ask ALC to send an alert to each of you as a further reminder.
Meanwhile, wishing all our colleagues in Texas and Louisiana a speedy recovery from the catastrophic flooding that has inundated that part of the country, and hoping that everyone has a festive and safe Labor Day holiday.
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