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CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR COMMERCIALIZATION OF MERCURY DETECTION AND REMOVAL TECHNOLOGIES

Release Date: 11/09/2001
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2001
CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR COMMERCIALIZATION
OF MERCURY DETECTION AND REMOVAL TECHNOLOGIES

Dave Deegan 202 564-7839/deegan.dave@epa.gov


The EPA recently awarded contracts to four small business companies for the final development and initial commercialization of new environmental technologies for mercury removal and monitoring. Mercury produced by combustion sources is a major concern to the country’s air quality. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program spawns commercial ventures that improve our environment and quality of life, create jobs, increase productivity and economic growth, and improve international competitiveness of the country’s technology industry. For this reason, ADA Technologies Inc. of Littleton, Colo., and Sorbent Technologies Inc. of Twinsburg, Ohio, are developing new sorbents to remove mercury from coal-fired power plants. These new materials and processes have the capacity to remove substantially more mercury than traditional activated carbon methods at a lower cost. Apogee Scientific Inc. of Englewood, Colo., is developing an analyzer that will give real-time monitoring information in flue gas from coal-fired boilers. A major advantage of this new system is that it will be able to distinguish between different types of mercury, allowing utilities to make better decisions on control options. Frontier Geosciences of Seattle, Wash., is developing a method to remove mercury and other toxic metals from industrial waste water. Frontier Geosciences will be working with Unocal Thailand Ltd. to ensure quick application of this technology to the field. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Gallup at 564-6823 or go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncerqa/sbir

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