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Chinook Sciences Announces Successful Test of RODECS For Alternative Disposal Method of PCBs in ASR
May 5th, 2011


CRANFORD, N.J. - May 5, 2011 Chinook Sciences, LLC, the leading manufacturer and operator of advanced gasification technology worldwide, today announced that it conducted a successful and unprecedented environmental test in the United States to evaluate the possibility of thermally treating automobile shredder residue (ASR), without violating the EPA’s strict requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1974 (TSCA).

Chinook Sciences is looking to build several facilities in the U.S. and Canada to recover metal from ASR, and as such met with the TSCA group within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to discuss the process to receive an Alternative Disposal Method Approval for the PCBs contained in the ASR. USEPA agreed to evaluate Chinook’s proprietary technology for processing ASR, and this evaluation required a full demonstration by a Chinook Sciences RODECS® currently in commercial operation in the United States, duplicating the same process mode and conditions at a proposed ASR recycling facility.

The test was successfully completed over a five day time period in February 2011 at Chinook Sciences’ AMP-NJ commercial facility. An EPA-approved ‘slipstream’ process was used to create the same conditions as the proposed ASR recycling facility, and the testing was performed by an independent environmental company approved by the USEPA. In order to comply with the USEPA TSCA standards, a strict requirement of the destruction and removal efficiency (DRE) of 99.9999% of PCBs must be proven. This strict DRE efficiency and dioxin emission limit have made this test very demanding and difficult for all other gasification technologies.

The test results achieved were in full compliance with the TSCA standards, with emissions considerably below the EPA or the European Waste Incineration Directive limits. Furthermore, the PCB destruction exceeded the very strict requirement of > 99.9999% destruction. Accordingly, Chinook’s proprietary technology is now the only proven technology capable of thermally processing PCBs in the United States while surpassing all EPA emission requirements.

"The successful result of the slipstream test is yet another validation of the environmental friendliness of our groundbreaking and innovative RODECS® technology”, said Dr. Rifat Chalabi, co-founder & Chairman of Chinook Sciences. Dr. Chalabi added, “Chinook looks forward to working with the USEPA during the Alternative Disposal Method Approval process, and demonstrate how the RODECS® technology can change the paradigm in effectively processing ASR, recovering valuable metal, and diverting landfill with minimal emissions.”

About Chinook Sciences

Chinook Sciences, LLC, part of the Chinook Sciences group of companies, based in Cranford, New Jersey, was founded in 1998 and is the leading manufacturer and operator of advanced gasification technology. Its RODECS® gasification system, now in its ninth design generation, enjoys an unprecedented eleven-year track record of industrial commercial operation, with an unblemished environmental record. The RODECS® is capable of processing a wide range of organic-based waste streams including E-waste, MSW, and various industrial wastes.  The system has been installed in 16 locations throughout the world, where it gasifies organic material without using incineration and fully recovers metals in its patented ACTIVE PYRO® process.