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TESTS SHOW LOW LEAD EMISSIONS FROM GNB BATTERY PLANT

 TESTS SHOW LOW LEAD EMISSIONS FROM GNB BATTERY PLANT
 FARMERS BRANCH, Texas, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- According to test


results submitted to the Texas Air Control Board, the highest lead emissions from the GNB automotive battery manufacturing plant stacks are at 4 percent of the allowable level.
 Stack tests measure lead and other particulate matter, such as dust, in the plant air released from the stacks.
 Conducted between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1, the tests were the first series taken since the plant resumed full production Sept. 25. Lead emissions from the three stacks were below levels detectable with state and federal test methods.
 Stack tests performed in June, while the plant was at limited production, also showed extremely low lead emissions.
 Vigilant About Controls
 "We're not surprised by the excellent results of these tests," plant manager Tony Venturi said. "We've been monitoring lead in the ambient air near our plant regularly. Since we began operating at full production, the results of those tests have been excellent. In a number of readings, the lead content was below detectable levels. As long as there were such minute levels of lead in the air, we knew our stack emissions were in line."
 GNB has been vigilant about following emission-control procedures in its facility and installing new warning systems to avert further problems. While there are alarms that ring should pressure to the baghouse filters drop, the plant is installing additional alarms to alert employees if electrical power is interrupted to the baghouse.
 Baghouses filter plant air emissions before they're released into the stacks.
 Under the provisions of its permit, GNB will test stack emissions annually.
 Ambient Air Readings Also Low
 In addition to performing required ambient air monitoring, GNB takes more frequent readings as a backup method of gauging stack emissions. Ambient air readings measure the amount of lead in the air near the plant. GNB submits sampling results to the Texas Air Control Board and the city of Farmers Branch for review.
 All results in the past six months have been well within the federal standard of 1.5 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air. October readings ranged from less than the detection level of .06 to a high of .45 micrograms.
 GNB samples air at five different monitoring sites in three-day intervals, although its permit only requires sampling at six-day intervals.
 When the city of Farmers Branch asked for more frequent sampling at one monitor, GNB voluntarily accelerated the sampling schedule at all monitors to keep a closer check on lead levels in the air.
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 /CONTACT: Jeannine F. Addams of Tarkenton & Addams, 404-231-1132, for GNB Incorporated/ CO: GNB Incorporated ST: Texas IN: SU:


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