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Accela, Inc., Dublin, Calif., provided Michigan officials with VelocityHall™ software used to launch the state’s new e-government Web site. The portal site at www.michigan.gov/bccpermits enables contractors to apply for new mechanical, plumbing and other permits online in minutes. Permit processes that once required a two-week turnaround can now be completed in two days. See www.accela.com.
Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (CDT), Stamford, Conn., evaluated the performance of several commercially available ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuels used with its patented fuel-borne catalyst (FBC) and low-cost emission control after-treatment devices. According to test results, a combination of fuel-borne catalyst and after-treatment devices reduces the cost of retrofitting without sacrificing fuel economy or engine performance. Over a dozen separate tests were performed at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, on a 1998 Detroit Diesel Series 60 heavy-duty engine using ULSD fuels. Test results showed that the combined use of fuel, hardware and FBC can reduce up to 13 percent of NOx emissions and 90 percent of particulate matter from this engine, resulting in the annual elimination of over one ton of regulated pollutants per vehicle using this “systems” approach. See www.cdti.com.
Thermo-Andersen and Thermo MIE, Franklin, Mass., a Thermo Electron business, has relocated to a new high-technology production facility in Franklin. The company will be identified as Thermo Electron Corporation, but the 30-year Andersen and MIE product line will continue to be a key part of Thermo. See www.thermo.com/aqi or call (508) 520-0430.
USFilter will provide the city of Port Clinton, Ohio, with a 24-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) full-scale Actiflo® ballasted high-rate clarification process. The process is part of a wastewater treatment plant construction project planned for completion in March 2004. This is the first wet weather, high-rate, multi-use Actiflo installation by the company’s Kruger Products in Ohio. In addition, USFilter will equip the new DeKalb County Georgia Water Treatment Plant in DeKalb County with a clarification and sedimentation system to treat 150 mgd of drinking water and filter backwash water. The system will consist of inclined plate separators from USFilter’s Zimpro Products, solids thickener mechanisms from its Envirex Products and EMU flocculation mixers from its Davis Products. See www.usfilter.com.