Protecting America with Specialty Gases

By: Bob Jefferys

Prior to 9/11, environmental concerns largely focused onmonitoring, controlling and reducing the pollution theindustrial revolution had set in motion. From a specialty gaspoint of view, our efforts at Scott focused primarily ondeveloping the calibration gases needed to accurately measurethe emission of hazardous materials into our atmosphere. Overthe span of 40+ years, we got very good at this, becoming theworld's leading supplier of EPA protocol gases used to calibrateContinuous Emission Monitors. Essentially, our role as specialtygas experts involved helping to protect our country from theunintentional health and environmental hazards of ourindustrialized society. Call us naive, but we never imaginedwe'd be asked to develop calibration gases to protect againstdeliberate attempts to destroy our society itself. Certainly wewere familiar with a growing list of known TICs (toxicindustrial chemicals) and the need to accurately monitor them.They are the unhappy byproducts of industrialization.

After 9/11however, a new acronym crept into our everyday vocabulary: CWAs(chemical warfare agents). New Homeland Security Products Todaywe are asked with increasing frequency to develop calibrationgases for a new type of application. The U.S. military andnumerous instrument manufacturers now ask us to developcalibration gases for instruments that are currently used orunder development for detection and defense against various CWAsthat enemy forces might use against us. Hence, Scott isdeveloping a growing line of Homeland Security Products. Some ofthese are "standard" mixtures such as cyanogen chloride,phosgene and hydrogen cyanide. Other times our R&D and TechnicalServices groups work with customers to develop custom productsto meet highly specialized application requirements. Franklyspeaking, considering their application, Homeland Security gasmixtures are products we'd just as soon not make. But the needfor them is very real and so in addition to the markets we'vetraditionally served, we now also focus our technology oncreating dependable products to help defend and protect ourcountry. Let's all hope for a time when we can retire theseproducts as being no longer needed. For more information aboutScott Homeland Security gas mixtures, contact our TechnicalServices group at 800-21-SCOTT. Scott Specialty Gases, a leadingglobal manufacturer of specialty gases located inPlumsteadville, PA. More information on the company can be foundat http://www.scottgas.com. This article is copyrighted by ScottGases. It may not be reproduced in whole or in part and may notbe posted on other websites, without the express writtenpermission of the author who may be contacted via email atscottgas@digitalbrandexpressions.com.

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