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LEADING ENVIRONMENTAL SPOKESPERSON JOINS PURUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 LEADING ENVIRONMENTAL SPOKESPERSON JOINS PURUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Robert E. Finnigan, one of the nation's leading authorities on the environment, has joined the board of directors for Purus Inc., a Silicon-Valley-based provider of high technology equipment for treatment of contaminated air, water and soil, Purus said today. Dr. Finnigan has long been recognized for his pioneering work in developing chemical testing methods that are now widely adapted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As founder of Finnigan Corp., his ground-breaking scientific work created instruments that allow routine and reliable measurement of environmental pollutants worldwide.
 Purus introduced its product line to the environmental field in early 1992 and has sold systems throughout the United States. The Purus system utilizes a revolutionary process to clean up contaminated air, water and soil from industrial processes and environmental restoration projects. The company pioneered the use of specialized resins that are capable of filtering and recovering contaminants such as fuels or solvents resulting from underground storage tank leaks or industrial process wastes. The compounds can then be recycled for a fraction of the cost of incineration techniques. As a member of the Purus Board of Directors, Dr. Finnigan will assist in the areas of corporate strategy, acquistions and environmental product planning.
 Local and Global Environmental Spokesperson
 Dr. Finnigan is a founding member of the American Electronics Association (AEA) Environmental & Occupational Health Committee (EOH), which played a key role in developing, lobbying and enacting laws which set minimum standards for underground storage tanks on local, state and federal levels. EOH also worked with EPA and Congress on other key environmental legislation, including the Clean Water Act, RCRA and Superfund. Dr. Finnigan testified for AEA before both the House and Senate committees dealing with the environment and international trade.
 Additionally, Dr. Finnigan served as chairman of the U.S. National Working Group on Pollution, as part of the International Organization for Legal Metrology (OIML), a treaty organization comprised of 50 member nations, including all major western European nations, China, Japan and the former Soviet Union. His recent activities include participation on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Hambrecht & Quist's Environmental Technology Fund, and he serves as vice chairman of the board of directors for TopoMetrix, an analytical instrument manufacturer.
 Dr. Finnigan received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Blystone of Purus, 408-955-1000/ CO: Purus Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PER


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