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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGULATORS NAME HARRIER DIESEL CLEANER 'BEST AVAILABLE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY' FOR PORTABLE AND STATIONARY DIESEL ENGINES

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGULATORS NAME HARRIER DIESEL CLEANER 'BEST AVAILABLE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY' FOR PORTABLE AND STATIONARY DIESEL ENGINES
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Harrier, Inc. (NASDAQ: HARE) today said it had received notification that its fuel/water emulsion system, the Harrier Diesel Cleaner, has been proposed for inclusion in the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) Guidelines of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) pending formal ratification before Dec. 27, 1991.  The new guidelines are scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 1992.
    If ratified as anticipated, the new BACT Guidelines will specify the use of the Harrier-type system, including a catalytic converter, as an "achieved in practice" control of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) on all portable diesel engines over 50 H.P. and stationary engines under 228 H.P. operating with a Bosch-type fuel injection system in the district. SCAQMD has responsibility for enforcing federal clean air regulations in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  NOX is a major contributor to urban smog.
    The proprietary Harrier system consists principally of a mixing unit which, when attached in front of the fuel injectors of a mobile or stationary diesel engine, mixes varying amounts of water with the fuel to improve efficiency and lower combustion temperature, thereby significantly reducing polluting emissions.  The system is available in various configurations depending on the size and fuel consumption of the engine.  Prices start at approximately $4,000 and depend on the model, engine configuration and quantity.
    The proposed BACT award follows earlier regulatory approval of the Harrier unit as a particulate (PM10(subscript 10)) control on diesel engines in standby power applications.  As both a "technological feasible" and an achieved-in-practice emissions control, the use of the Harrier Diesel Cleaner is now mandated, along with the catalytic converter, to reduce particulates, NOX, hydrocarbons (HC) and carbon monoxide (CO).  In a recent certification test, the system reduced NOX by 51 percent, particulates by 58 percent, CO by 68 percent and HC by 23 percent, confirming that the Harrier cleaner is the only retrofit control device currently available that substantially reduces all regulated diesel pollutants, according to the company.
    Kevin DeVito, vice president of Harrier's U.S. operations, said the recent regulatory approvals culminated extensive qualification testing by independent researchers and over four years of field experience in various European countries.  He pointed out that, unless exempted under its enforcement regulations, new or modified diesel power sources must be permitted for use within the district, and that such permits are issuable only on equipment employing approved emission control technology as set forth in the BACT Guidelines.
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    /CONTACT:  Kevin DeVito, vice president-U.S. operations of Harrier, 213-376-7721/
    (HARE) CO:  Harrier, Inc. ST:  California IN: SU: FC-OS -- NY050 -- 2541 12/16/91 13:06 EST
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