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EPA, THREE COMPANIES SIGN AGREEMENTS TO ADVANCE COMMERCIALIZATION OF NEW ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES

 EPA, THREE COMPANIES SIGN AGREEMENTS
 TO ADVANCE COMMERCIALIZATION OF NEW ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES
 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed agreements with three companies Sept. 29 to advance the commercialization of innovative technologies for reducing air pollution and cleaning up toxic wastes.
 The two Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and one licensing agreement were signed at a Sept. 29-30 workshop co-sponsored by EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The workshop and two other workshops held by EPA and DOE earlier in September in Las Vegas, Nev., and Cincinnati, Ohio, are a spinoff of the National Technology Initiative, launched earlier this year by President Bush to improve global competitiveness of U.S. businesses by increasing cooperative government-business research and development.
 The agreements will further the commercialization of innovative environmental technologies either developed by EPA in its unique research laboratories, or developed by the private sector and evaluated in the EPA facilities.
 Under one of the CRADAs, signed by EPA and Aladdin Steel Products Inc., Colville, Wash., 20 prototype gas-enhanced, clean-burning wood stoves will be built by Aladdin and tested by the company and EPA for durability and emissions control performance. The design for the Gas- Enhanced Woodstoves (GEWs), which combines gas- and wood-burning technologies to reduce particulate emissions and carbon monoxide, was developed and patented by EPA's Air and Energy Engineering Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park. Aladdin's Quadra-Fire 3100 wood- burning stove was modified to incorporate the GEW technology and tested at the laboratory.
 Under the second CRADA, EPA and Nalco Fuel Tech, a joint venture between a subsidiary of Nalco Chemical Co. (NYSE: NLC), Naperville, Ill., and Fuel Tech Inc., Rowayton, Conn., will collaborate on the development of innovative technology to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions -- the air pollutant that plays a key role in the formation of ground- level ozone. Research will be conducted at EPA's Air and Energy Engineering Research Laboratory.
 The CRADA amends an earlier agreement in which EPA and Nalco Fuel Tech evaluated emissions rt?hrough a process called sorbent injection and selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR). In that process, calcium hydroxide is injected into a test furnace to remove sulfur dioxide, and high temperatures and a reducing agent are used to convert nitrogen oxide into nitrogen.
 Under the new CRADA, the SNCR process will be combined with selective catalytic reduction (SCR), in which remaining emissions will be passed through a catalytic device to further reduce nitrogen oxide.
 Under the licensing agreement signed Sept. 29, EPA grants a license to SBP Technologies Inc., Stone Mountain, Ga., to market a biological technique for cleaning up soil and ground water contaminated with creosote and similar compounds. Under this method, a culture of the microorganism "Pseudomonas paucimobilis" is added to contaminated material; the microorganism utilizes the creosote as a carbon source and transforms it into non-hazardous materials. The process was developed at EPA's Gulf Breeze, Fla., Environmental Research Laboratory.
 "These agreements illustrate the benefits that everyone gains from collaborative technical work between EPA's research laboratories and the private sector," said Erich W. Bretthauer, EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development.
 "By pooling resources and expertise, we create new opportunities for more effective environmental protection, and new products for U.S. industry in the competitive world market for environmental goods and services," said Bretthauer.
 The Federal Technology Transfer Act authorizes EPA laboratories to enter into CRADAs with private industry and academic institutions to more effectively develop and commercialize innovative, cost-effective environmental technologies.
 For further information, contact Frank Princiotta, Director, Air and Energy Engineering Research Laboratory, (919) 541-2822 (CRADAs with Aladdin Steel Products and Nalco Fuel Tech), and Robert Menzer, Director, Gulf Breeze Environmental Research Laboratory, (904) 934-9208 (SBP Technologies licensing agreement).
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 /CONTACT: Fred Blosser, 202-260-7449, or Rhoda Ritzenberg, 919-541-2615, both of the U.S. EPA/
 (NLC) CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Aladdin Steel Products Inc.;
 Nalco Fuel Tech; Nalco Chemical Co.; Fuel Tech Inc. ST: North Carolina, Illinois, Washington, Connecticut IN: CHM SU:


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