FABRICS FAQ : acronyms / abbreviations


Textile Acronyms begin with 'N'

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NAAQS

National Ambient Air Quality Standards - Air quality standards required by the Clean Air Act that monitor six pollutants, known as criteria pollutants, considered harmful to public health and the environment. The Clean Air Act established two types of national air quality standards: primary standards set limits to protect public health, including the health of sensitive populations such as asthmatics, children and the elderly; and secondary standards set limits to protect public welfare, including protection against decreased visibility, damage to animals, crops, vegetation and buildings. The EPA sets and monitors the levels for these standards.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

NAFTA

North American Free Trade Agreement - Implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began on January 1, 1994. This agreement removes most barriers to trade and investment among the United States, Canada and Mexico.
CATEGORY : Fiber, Weave
SOURCE :     USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

NEPA

National Environmental Policy Act - An act that requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions. To meet this requirement, federal agencies prepare a detailed statement known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). EPA reviews and comments on EISs prepared by other federal agencies, maintains a national filing system for all EISs, and assures that its own actions comply with NEPA.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

NPS Pollution

nonpoint source pollution - Pollution caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and underground sources of drinking water.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

NSF

NSF International - NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides standards development, product certification, auditing, education and risk management for public health and the environment. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers alike look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification that help protect the world's food, water, health and consumer products.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     NSF International