Technology exists to help reduce the problem of acid rain, said the head of W.R. Grace & Co.'s Corporate Technical Group, F. Peter Boer, who testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Protection.
He said technology exists to help reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants, which are known to combine with other elements in the atmosphere to form acids said to contribute to the acid rain problem.Mr. Boer, a Grace senior vice president and its chief technical officer, told the panel that catalyst technology can perform a simple and clean chemical reaction in which the nitrogen oxide is transformed into two harmless substances. According to Mr. Boer, the technology, successfully in operation today in West Germany and Japan, can be easily transferred to the United States.
The technology has been proven in dozens of plants and is not pie in the sky, Mr. Boer said.
To further support the efforts of this technology in West Germany, Noxeram, a joint venture between Grace and Feldmuehle, is spending approximately $1 million annually on research and development at Grace's Columbia, Md., facility.
Grace is the leading worldwide manufacturer of industrial catalysts and has been providing them since 1975 for use in automobile catalytic converters.