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KVB PASSES EPA-DEVELOPED DATA SYSTEM CERTIFICATION TESTS; SUCCESSFUL TEST KEY TO INDUSTRY CONFIDENCE TOWARD CLEAN AIR ACT DEADLINE

 IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- KVB/Analect, a Research-Cottrell company and a subsidiary of Air & Water Technologies Corporation (AMEX: AWT), has passed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) DAHS Certification and Audit Software (DCAS) test for its Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems installed at Kentucky Utilities Company's E.W. Brown Station. The milestone


marks one of the industry's first complete certifications using the EPA-supplied verification disk and provides a level of confidence to utilities facing severe penalties if they do not complete the process by mid-November, according to John R. White, KVB/Analect vice president of technology and applications.
 The completion of the three-phase certification process was witnessed by Kentucky Utilities Company personnel on Oct. 14, 1993. This included data substitution tests in 37 steps and electronic data reporting functions administered from the "magic disk," the industry term for EPA's DCAS. The data acquisition and handling systems (DAHS) at the station, which is configured to concurrently process data from two CEM Systems, also passed formula verification.
 Based on the preliminary reports from a third party testing contractor, the certification testing for the Brown Station Unit 1 CEM went extremely well, with relative accuracy for SO2 of 3.04 percent, and for NOx of 1.4 percent. The worse case of the three-load flow monitoring relative accuracy was 7.16 percent, and all systems demonstrated relative accuracy well under the EPA's testing incentive level, White said.
 Utilities designated as "Phase I" under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) are required to install a certified CEMS by Nov. 15, 1993, with all other utilities installing the systems by Jan. 1, 1995. After each deadline, the utilities are required to file quarterly reports with the EPA based on data gathered by the CEM systems to document emissions.
 With this latest DCAS test, the Kentucky Utilities Company's Brown Station has passed certification for both its analyzers and data system as required under the Federal Code 40CFR75, according to White. "This is important because the regulations under Part 75 that describe how Clean Air Act monitoring data are to be collected, stored and reported are detailed and exacting," he said.
 The EPA developed the DCAS verification test program to ensure compliance with these regulations, according to Terry L. Nixon, KVB/Analect vice president of information systems.
 "As a major supplier of Phase I CEM Systems, KVB has been involved with the agency in testing beta versions of this program since September. The achievement of a successful certification at Kentucky Utilities using the completed EPA-developed disk indicates that other utilities with this system will meet the CAAA deadline," Nixon said.
 KVB/Analect, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., designs, manufactures, installs and manages environmental and process information management systems. The company specializes in CEM Systems (CEMS) and FTIR multicomponent environmental and process monitors.
 The subsidiaries of Research-Cottrell -- Air Pollution Control Division, Custodis, Custodis-Ecodyne, Flex-Kleen, KVB/Analect, R-C Europe, and REECO -- provide the expertise, technology, and services to comprehensively solve any air or thermal pollution problem. Air & Water Technologies through its operating units -- Metcalf & Eddy, Research-Cottrell and Residuals Management -- provides a broad range control, and waste by-product disposal and reuse. The company's AWT Capital group provides services relating to the financing of environmental facilities and systems.
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 /CONTACT: Ellen Leinfuss of Research-Cottrell, 908-685-4555; Linda Marcus, APR of KVB/Analect, 714-587-2373/
 (AWT)


CO: KVB/Analect; Research-Cottrell; Kentucky Utilities Company; Air &
 Water Technologies Corp. ST: California, Kentucky IN: ENV SU:


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