September 5-12, 2005

U.S. ETV program chooses LuminoTox for testing

LuminoTox, a water quality testing technology developed by Lab_Bell, in Montreal, is currently undergoing verification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through its Environmental Technologies Validation (ETV) program. Following the company's response to an invitation to tender, issued by the EPA in the fall of 2004, LuminoTox was selected by the EPA and assigned to the Battelle Laboratory, in Columbus, Ohio, for testing. The EPA will assume all costs for equipment testing and writing the final report, which will be posted on the EPA Web site, www.epa.gov/etv/. LuminoTox will be verified by the ETV Advanced Monitoring Systems Center, based on the parameters of its Rapid Toxicity Systems for Water category.

LuminoTox is designed to analyze and detect toxic molecules in any drinking water or wastewater sample, in less than 15 minutes. This makes it valuable to both the municipal and industrial sectors. It helps municipalities ensure the safety of their drinking water distribution systems and the effectiveness of their wastewater treatment facilities, while industrial facilities can use LuminoTox to verify the quality of their process water and to check the effectiveness of their water treatment operations, in order to ensure toxic molecules are not released into the environment.

In addition to speed of detection, LuminoTox offers the advantage of portability: it is available both as a portable device for field testing and as a fully automated system - the Robot LuminoTox - for continuous online monitoring of water quality. Applications include wastewater treatment toxicity testing, biological assessment and emergency response (allowing early warning and tracking of environmental emergencies such as accidental or deliberate contamination of water supplies).

The ETV program was initiated in 1995 by the U.S. EPA. It expanded into Canada in 1997 with the establishment of ETV Canada by Environment Canada. The Canadian and U.S. programs have since co-operated in the mutual goal of helping businesses and communities select technology that promotes compliance with their respective governments' new environmental requirements. The program fosters sustainable development by publishing information for use by various stakeholders in making choices from among new technologies on the market, while at the same time helping businesses and designers promote their new products to the main stakeholders in the environmental sector. In a short period of time, ETV has become the biggest environmental technology verification program in the world with a reputation that extends well beyond North American borders.

More information is available on the ETV Web sites, www.epa.gov/etv/ or www.etvcanada.ca. More information on the LuminoTox technology is available from Marie-Eve Bellemare at Lab_Bell, 819/539-8508, ext 109, E-mail mebellemare@lab-bell.com, Web site www.lab-bell.com.

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