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CONTROLS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION EXPANDS LAB TESTING SERVICES WITH INVITRO TEST FOR CORROSIVITY

 SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Controls for Environmental Pollution Inc. (CEP) (NASDAQ: CFEP), a nationally recognized analytical laboratory, has been certified to conduct corrosivity tests required for new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) packaging regulations which go into effect Oct. 1. CEP is adding this test to their range of services, which assigns U.N. packing group classifications to corrosive materials, now that it can be conducted without animal testing by using the DOT-approved test, CORROSITEX(TM).
 "We're very excited about incorporating the CORROSITEX test into our range of services," said James Mueller, president of CEP. "Not only will we provide a valuable and needed service to our clients that's faster and cheaper, we'll be saving the lives of thousands of rabbits in the process."
 Under the new DOT regulations, companies which produce and ship chemicals will be required to have their compounds tested and classified for corrosive severity prior to shipping. The penalty for not having corrosives classified and appropriately packed includes fines which range from $250 to $25,000 per day and possible jail time.
 The DOT packaging regulations are based on United Nations safety regulations for international shipment of corrosive materials, assigning materials into three packing groups, depending on how quickly a chemical would produce tissue death. In the past, the corrosivity test was conducted on the shaved backs of live rabbits, an inhumane as well as time-consuming and costly method.
 CEP will utilize the CORROSITEX system which is manufactured and distributed by InVitro International (NASDAQ: INVI). The test replicates skin corrosion testing within a test tube by utilizing an artificial skin membrane. A chemical color change indicates when a corrosive material has burned through the bio-barrier, or "skin," implying tissue death. The test can be completed within four hours, as opposed to four to eight weeks for in-vivo rabbit tests and costs about $600 per sample as opposed to $1,200 per test on rabbits. Less than a dozen laboratories in the United States are certified to conduct the new InVitro corrosivity test.
 The test divides corrosive materials into three packing groups: those that can destroy skin in under three minutes -- Group I; in three minutes to an hour -- Group II; in one to four hours -- Group III. The more corrosive the material, the more protective and expensive the packing.
 CEP is an analytical laboratory company based in Santa Fe. The company provides environmental monitoring services, analyzing a host of media for chemical, biological and radiological contaminants in air, soil, water, food, waste streams and other realms. They also offer consulting services, sample collection and research studies. CEP clients include Fortune 500 companies, numerous departments of the U.S. government, utilities and universities, as well as international government agencies and industries.
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