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ENVIRONMENTAL TECTONICS CORPORATION PROTESTS U.S. NAVY CONTRACT

 SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., Nov. 30 ~PRNewswire~ -- The following was released today by Environmental Tectonics Corporation (AMEX: ETC):
 Environmental Tectonics Corporation protested the U.S. Navy's sole source solicitation for 50 Transportable Recompression Chamber Systems (TRCS) with an Australian firm, dated September 1991, and worth more than $10 million.
 The Navy had previously awarded the Australian firm three years of research and $1.3 million of U.S. taxpayers' money in order to produce a TRCS that met with the Navy's requirements. The Navy also waived safety standards and exempted the Australian firm from the requirements of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section VIII-Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels and sections of PVHO-1 requirements, which were established to govern the safety of the design, fabrication, and inspection during construction of Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy (PVHO).
 ETC has all the data, drawings, and manufacturing capabilities to produce a commercial TRCS that is fully compliant with the Navy's solicitation, including total compliance with the appropriate safety standards; but, like other American companies, ETC was not permitted to bid on the contract.
 In effect, the Navy contradicted the Department of Defense's "Buy American" policy, an issue of great importance in this time of recession, and its reasons for contracting with a foreign firm were disputable. In disregarding the above safety standards, the Navy put the lives of U.S. servicemen and women in danger, while making it virtually impossible for American companies to compete in a foreign market. In addition, the U.S. Government wasted taxpayers' money on a product that is readily available domestically at a substantially lower cost.
 Regrettably, the ETC vs. U.S. Navy protest was denied on legal grounds by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), on Sept. 8, 1992. This is only one of the many types of unfair U.S. Government practices that, we, as Americans, must stand up against, and we look to the media for assistance in bringing such issues to the public forum.
 ETC designs, manufactures and installs sterilization equipment, hyperbaric systems, aircrew training systems, environmental testing and simulation systems, and related products for domestic and international customers. ETC is listed on the AMEX and traded under the stock symbol "ETC."
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 ~CONTACT: William F. Mitchell, CEO and president of Environmental Tectonics, 215-355-9100~
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