14 March 2007

ARID's PERMEATOR System Earns CARB Certification

ARID Technologies, Inc. today announced that they have earned California Air Resources Board (CARB) approval for their patented PERMEATOR vapor containment system. The PERMEATOR uses a selectively permeable membrane to separate hydrocarbon vapors from air and thereby significantly reduces gasoline storage tank evaporative emissions. The certification test was conducted within the rigorous framework of continuous data collection and monitoring by CARB staff.

In response to the news, Ted Tiberi, President of ARID, said, ''We are excited to be granted Executive Order G-70-209. The PERMEATOR has set a new standard for allowing gasoline refueling sites to approach zero emissions, both in terms of air pollution and groundwater contamination. The CARB process has reconfirmed not only our efficiency but our capacity for large stations as well. In addition, the maintenance-free and automatic operation of the PERMEATOR validates our design philosophy of using only robust, reliable and quality components. Moreover, savvy petroleum marketers have already realized the PERMEATOR's dual benefit of reducing harmful environmental emissions while at the same time yielding direct financial benefits via gasoline fuel savings.''

The certification test was conducted at a retail refueling site located in Grass Valley, California. The site manager, Mr. Descoe Chentnik commented, ''PERMEATOR has been generating fuel savings of approximately 1,000 gallons per month. The unit has operated maintenance free for over three years.''

Steve Matus, who was ARID's liaison with CARB personnel, stated, "Although it was a long and arduous path for certification, we are very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such a professional staff. Without the knowledge and expertise of George Lew, Pat Bennett and Paul Marzilli, it would have been much more difficult to navigate through the administrative process of certification. We had confidence in our product and we knew through diligence and patience the certification would be granted.''

About ARID Technologies:

ARID Technologies, Inc. is a recognized leader in membrane based gasoline vapor recovery technology. Based in Wheaton, IL, ARID has over 196 of it's PERMEATOR systems installed worldwide, including locations in Europe and Asia internationally, and domestically in California, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Hampshire. For more information, please reference ARID's website at www.ARIDtech.com, or call the company at 630.681.8500.

About CARB:

California's Legislature established the Air Resources Board (ARB) in 1967 to attain and maintain healthy air quality and to conduct research into the causes of and solutions to air pollution. Since its formation, the ARB has worked with the public, the business sector, and local governments to protect the public's health, the economy and the state's ecological resources through the most cost-effective reduction of air pollution.

The Governing Board:

The Air Resources Board's eleven members are appointed by the Governor. Five are experts in fields such as medicine, chemistry, physics, meteorology, engineering, business and law. Five others are elected officials who represent regional air pollution control agencies - one each from Los Angeles region, San Francisco Bay area, San Diego, and the San Joaquin Valley, and one represents the other districts. The Chairman is the only full-time member.

The Staff

Under the direction of the executive officer, a dedicated staff of scientists, engineers, and other professionals conducts the daily work of the ARB. With headquarters in Sacramento, the ARB also operates a motor vehicle testing and analysis laboratory in El Monte.

Please reference www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/eos/eo-209/eo-209.htm for additional information.