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CLAYTON INDUSTRIES BURNS NEW PATH FOR CLEANER SKIES PASSING AIR POLLUTION TEST WITH FLYING COLORS

 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- With the help of the Southern California Gas Co., Clayton Industries in El Monte has manufactured, and successfully tested a low-emission steam boiler which promises to blaze a new trail for cleaner air in the industrial world.
 The new low-emission steam boiler prototype was funded by SoCalGas and the Gas Research Institute, and was developed in cooperation with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and the American Gas Association Laboratories (AGAL). Clayton Industries provided the steam generator and test facilities, while the emissions test was performed by Engineering Science Inc.
 Engineering-Science Inc. tested a 200-horsepower production prototype boiler at the Clayton Industries headquarters in El Monte, and found that two smog-producing gas emissions were at least 50 percent below the current SCAQMD standards. SCAQMD standards limit nitrogen oxide (NOx) to 30 parts per million by volume (ppmv), and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions to 400 ppmv.
 Project Engineer Thomas Hobson at SoCalGas says: "It's the first time that we know of that a manufacturer is willing to guarantee no more 2than 15 parts per million by volume of NOx and 50 ppmv of CO in a steam generator or boiler." This level of CO is about one-eighth of the current legislated standard.
 By applying the emission reduction numbers to a typical operation of a boiler in California's South Coast Basin, Clayton Industries found an annual savings of .35 tons NOx and 3.18 tons CO was achievable, which amounts to nearly four tons total of contaminants per boiler per year.
 "This steam generator prototype could make us a market leader for generators in polluted metropolitan areas," said William Clayton Jr., president of Clayton Industries. "More than 90 percent of all manufacturing businesses use steam in the manufacturing process, including food processing, plastic and chemical plants," explained Clayton.
 SoCalGas is helping Clayton Industries find a commercial demonstration site for their new boiler. Hobson says the new steam generator is a significant development especially in Southern California where hundreds of businesses and industries must comply with strict air standards. "Clayton Industries can meet the tougher SCAQMD's standards without installing costly auxiliary equipment," said Hobson.
 The boiler will be field tested and the first commercial units are expected to be on the market in California early this year. Many companies are investing now in the low NOx technology today, realizing in another five years regulations will require that they make the transition to better equipment.
 SoCalGas is the nation's largest natural gas distributor, serving 4.7 million meters throughout Southern California.
 Clayton Industries employs 800 people, and has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico, Europe and markets in about 100 other countries.
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