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ZAPIT TECHNOLOGY USES ELECTRON BEAMS TO DESTROY HAZARDOUS WASTE

 ZAPIT TECHNOLOGY USES ELECTRON BEAMS TO DESTROY HAZARDOUS WASTE
 SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Zapit Technology Inc. today announced that it has acquired the worldwide exclusive rights to electron beam technology targeted at destroying hazardous waste. The Zapit System -- jointly developed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Schonberg Radiation Corp. (SRC) -- is the first commercial application of this technology, as well as the first transportable electron beam system for on-site toxic waste destruction.
 Electron accelerators have been used for more than 30 years in diverse medical and industrial pursuits, including cancer treatment, chemical processing, medical tool sterilization and bridge inspection. Zapit is extending the boundaries of this sophisticated, yet proven, technology into the realm of hazardous waste treatment, a global concern of increasing magnitude. Military and industrial use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) -- toxic substances used in solvents and chemical manufacturing -- has steadily increased as scientists have found new ways to employ these ubiquitous compounds.
 "In a short time span, government and industry have created a daunting amount of high tech garbage. What better way to eliminate it than with an elegant high tech solution," says Daniel Marks, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Zapit. "We're simply redirecting a superior technology to a market sorely in need of more effective technical solutions."
 The Zapit System represents a radical departure from conventional methods of hazardous waste treatment. Coupling non-burning technology with an on-site destruction process, Zapit eliminates the two most serious flaws in current processes. The first is the inherent risk of transporting toxic waste to a treatment site; the second is that current solutions release altered forms of hazardous waste back into the environment.
 Importantly, the company's system complies with the Congressional stated preference that the Superfund legislation to apply hazardous waste treatment technologies that permanently reduce the toxicity, morbidity or volume of hazardous waste.
 The Zapit System is comprised of an electron linear accelerator and a unique transformation chamber that are integrated into a self- contained mobile unit. Volatile organic waste in vapor phase is directed from contaminated soil, air or water into the system's reaction chamber. There it is bombarded by high energy electron beams that transform the hazardous materials into simple, stable and non-toxic substances, such as water, carbon dioxide and salt.
 It can economically achieve a 99.99-percent reduction in containment concentrations across a broad class of hazardous wastes. The Zapit System employs a high throughput, continuous flow process. The energy- efficient, non-burning destructive process is conducted at ambient temperature.
 Zapit was formed in April 1992, by experts in electron accelerators and waste management, to commercialize an entirely new market for electron beam technology -- environmental hazard treatment. Lawrence Livermore and SRC have each granted exclusive license to Zapit to develop and market the technology for various environmental applications. SRC will serve as the original equipment manufacturer of the system, while providing additional R&D. In a separate agreement, Zapit has instituted an R&D program with SRI International for system optimization -- such as determining electron beam dosimetry for complete destruction of specific VOC mixtures.
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 /CONTACT: Todd Margrave, director of Application Engineering, Zapit Technology, 408-986-1700 or 408-986-0222 (fax)/ CO: Zapit Technology Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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