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ASTM International Committee E27 on Hazard Potential of Chemicals has begun to develop a new proposed standard on assessing the thermal stability of materials by methods of low phi-factor calorimetry. The proposed standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E27.02 on Thermal Stability and Condensed Phases. The phi-factor is the ratio of the total heat capacity of a test system to the heat capacity of a test sample. Visit www.astm.org.
BOC Group, Murray Hill, N.J., has been awarded a DOE grant for a 3-year, $3.8 million project to develop an advanced hydrogen generation and delivery system. As the project leader, the company is partnering with Canada-based Membrane Reactor Technologies (MRT) and HERA Hydrogen Storage Systems Inc. to develop and demonstrate advanced hydrogen generation and delivery systems that integrate MRT's membrane reactor and HERA's thermal hydride compression into a single package. Visit www.boc.com.
Compass Environmental Inc., Chicago, announced the acquisition of Williams Environmental Services LLC (WESI) from Williams Group Intl. Merging with WESI, an environmental contractor with specialty remediation technologies, will allow Compass to offer comprehensive diversified environmental services. The company will continue to operate under its current name and plans to retain the WESI staff. Visit www.compassenvironmental.com.
Enviance, Carlsbad, Calif., announced that American Ref-Fuel, Montvale, N.J., which operates six major waste-to-energy facilities in the Northeast, has selected the hosted Enviance system to support its OSHA compliance and operational excellence programs. The system is expected to streamline incident and corrective action management reporting and improve resolution times and root cause discovery, among other benefits. Visit www.enviance.com.
GE Infrastructure, Wilton, Conn. and Ionics Inc. announced a definitive agreement for GE's acquisition of Ionics in an all cash merger for $44 per share, valuing the transaction at approximately $1.1 billion plus the assumption of existing debt. Ionics will join GE Infrastructure's Water & Process Technologies business unit upon completion of the transaction. Visit www.geinfrastructure.com or www.ionics.com.
KMS Intl. LLC, a subsidiary of Wilmington, Mass.-based Koch Membrane Systems Inc., has acquired Puron AG, an Aachen, Germany-based manufacturer of submerged hollow-fiber membrane modules for wastewater treatment. As a wholly owned KMS subsidiary, Puron will continue to be based in Aachen. Visit www.kochmembrane.com.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, has renewed its exclusive contract with Scott Specialty Gases, Plumsteadville, Pa., to produce numerous types of gaseous mixtures in a variety of low concentration levels. The mixtures will be analyzed by the institute before being certified as standard reference materials (SRMs). Scott is currently the sole-source producer of SRM candidates. Visit www.scottgas.com.
Severn Trent Services, Fort Washington, Pa., and RGF Environmental Group of West Palm Beach, Fla., have formed a strategic U.S. partnering agreement designed to broaden each company's evaporation technology offering for the industrial wastewater treatment market. The partnership enables each company to sell the other's evaporation technology, effectively expanding their respective product offerings to better meet their customers' varying applications and wastewater disposal objectives. Visit www.severntrentservices.com.
Thermal Remediation Services Inc. recently combined forces with Malcolm Pirnie Inc. to complete an in-situ thermal remediation project using electrical resistance heating (ERH) in Illinois. The final concentrations of TCE in the soil were nearly 100,000 times lower than the Illinois EPA soil saturation limit or Csat value of 4,400 mg/kg. This high contaminant reduction easily exceeded the site cleanup goal. ERH operations were completed in just eight weeks. Visit www.thermalrs.com/index.html.
USFilter Corp., a Siemen's business has re-engineered its Multicrete II™ monolithic concrete filter underdrain system used in water and wastewater filters. n form was re-engineered to increase allowable floor thickness. The forms support loads from installation traffic and wet concrete while minimizing deflection to less than one-eighth of an inch. Visit www.usfilter.com.