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April 09, 2004

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111

Release: #J04-023


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF), near Las Cruces, N.M., to receive the 2004 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award.

The EPA's Global Programs Division administers the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards program. It was established in 1990 to recognize exceptional leadership, personal dedication, and technical achievements in eliminating ozone-depleting substances. WSTF was recognized for its reduction in usage of CFC-113, an ozone-depleting substance.

WSTF, a component of Johnson Space Center in Houston, has completely eliminated the use of CFC-113 (also known as Freon-113) in the final cleaning and cleanliness verification of critical spacecraft parts and components. WSTF is a leader in the development of alternative fluids and processes for cleaning oxygen systems, where organic contaminants and particulates can pose an ignition hazard.

WSTF representatives will accept the award at a ceremony to be held April 13 during the 2004 Earth Technologies Forum in Washington, D.C.

For further information regarding this award and the environmentally sensitive precision cleaning technologies employed at the NASA White Sands Test Facility, please contact Harold Beeson at (505) 524-5542.

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