Let me try to explain the Certification vs. Verification for you. There are two EPA programs. The California Environmental Protection Agency's Certification Program where Cal/EPA Certifies the entire cleaning process for environmental safety, user safety and verifies that all performance claims made by Smart Sonic are true and correct. Once a technology is certified, the data can be submitted to the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program, which is a U.S. EPA program that acts as a �disinterested third party� and verifies that the data provided by the Cal/EPA program is correct. Although the ETV is a national program, the Certification by Cal/EPA makes it much more notable because California�s standards are, in many cases, more strict that the national and many international standards. In the 11 years that Smart Sonic has provided this stencil-cleaning process, there has never been a situation were the process failed to meet environmental or safety regulations - worldwide.
I must agree with Kerry. The Cal/EPA Certification and the ETV Programs are available to any company that can meet the standards. Companies not participating in the EPA Certification and/or Verification Programs are doing their customers, and the environment, a disservice.
Kerry gave you a good reference at the EPA. The original person that coordinated the Smart Sonic Certification, Mr. Pat Bennett, has been promoted to another department and is unavailable for comment. So, I thought I would quote him from an article published in Circuits Assembly, �Surface-Mount Stencil Cleaning� by Nick Lester (past editor of CA), November 1998, pp 55 -58.
�We don�t just verify technologies, we certify technologies here in California, and that makes the ETV pilot program unique. We are geared to test and evaluate technology to help with the commercialization. If the specific technology passes, it will receive a Certification from California�s Secretary of Environmental Protection and (verification from) the U.S. EPA.� Note the phrase "to help with commercialization." The Certification Program is designed to expidite the acceptance of a technology in order to better serve the environment and the technology users.
Mr. Tony Luan was also quoted in the article, but, as Kerry indicated, he is available for comment at the EPA, Department of Toxic Substances Control.
There are several published articles on the subject of which copies may be found on our website.
I am unaware of receiving any negative communications from the EPA. If you would fax or e-mail me a copy of what you say you have, I will gladly address it.
Bill Schreiber, President
Smart Sonic Corporation
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