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Mercury Freedom System demonstrating compliance with clean air mercury rule performance criteria

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, announced today that it shipped more than 325 Thermo Scientific Mercury Freedom Systems™ , with 85 of those systems now installed and operational. Twenty five of the installed mercury emissions monitoring systems have been successfully tested in accordance with the
Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR) performance criteria including linearity, 7-day drift, cycle time and system integrity check. Additionally, these systems have passed the crucial relative accuracy test audit (RATA) criteria based upon comparison with various acknowledged manual methods.

“As the U.S. coal fired power industry prepares for the January 1, 2009 implementation deadline, we’re starting to see an increase in the number of Thermo Scientific Mercury Freedom System customers completing installation and passing performance testing,” said Michael Nemergut, marketing director for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Air Quality Instruments business.

“We anticipate that Thermo Fisher Scientific will supply approximately three-fourths of the mercury measurement components required to be installed under the CAMR emissions monitoring legislation, and we are well-prepared to help our customers meet the rapidly approaching monitoring deadline,” added Nemergut.

Recently, four Thermo Scientific Mercury Freedom Systems were delivered to Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) in Columbus, Neb., whose chartered territory includes most of Nebraska's counties. NPPD’s Dave Darnell commented on the installation process: “Everything that I would expect from people who are as knowledgeable about mercury monitoring as Thermo Fisher.”

Darnell also noted how “professionally designed and constructed” the four systems are and looks forward to “getting the systems fully operable in a manner that both NPPD and everyone at Thermo Fisher can be proud of.” In addition to a space- and money-savings configuration, custom-designed by Thermo Fisher Scientific to fit two Mercury Freedom Systems into a single rack at its Sheldon Station facility, NPPD personnel from both Sheldon Station and Gentleman Station received system training. NPPD is scheduled to install and test the remaining systems over the next few months.

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