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WEST COAST COOPERATIVES CONTRACT FOR OIL SPILL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM

 WEST COAST COOPERATIVES CONTRACT FOR OIL SPILL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
 LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Clean Coastal Waters Inc., Long Beach, Clean Bay, Concord, Calif., Clean Seas, Carpinteria, Calif., and Clean Sound Cooperative Inc., Edmonds, Wash., who provide immediate response and cleanup services when there is an oil spill, have awarded TRW's Applied Technology Division a contract to provide oil spill tracking and surveillance services as needed over the next six years.
 "TRW will supply an integrated surveillance and information system that determines the relative thickness and location of oil spills on water, enabling clean-up operations to attack the worst part of a spill first," said Roy C. McClymonds, manager of Clean Coastal Waters Inc. Called the Radiometric Oil Spill Surveillance System (ROSSS), TRW's system works day or night, even when there are low clouds and fog.
 ROSSS uses a millimeter-wave radiometer which can see in a region of the electromagnetic spectrum that the human eye cannot see. TRW's system creates a picture of a spill by viewing radio wave emissions, much like a video camera sees visible light from objects. Unlike visible light, radio waves penetrate fog and low-level clouds.
 "Images of a spill are provided in a timely manner to the ground terminal. Based on this information, skimmers can be directed to the thickest part of the spill and can speed up clean-up operations and minimize the environmental damage to wildlife and beaches," said McClymonds.
 An earlier version of TRW's system was tested in February 1990 when the American Trader tanker spilled 400,000 gallons of crude oil two miles off Huntington Beach, Calif., and proved the viability of the system.
 The Applied Technology Division is part of the TRW Space & Technology Group, based in Redondo Beach, Calif. Widely recognized for its accomplishments in space, the group has built more than 175 defense, communications and scientific spacecrafts, developed more than 200 advanced space instruments and integrated some 550 experiments into their host spacecraft.
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 /CONTACT: Roy C. McClymonds of Clean Coastal Waters, 310-432-1415/ CO: Clean Coastal Waters Inc.; TRW Space & Technology Group ST: California IN: OIL SU:


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