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December 18, 2008 - Standard F2709, Test Method for Determining Nameplate Recovery Rate of Stationary Oil Skimmer Systems, developed by Subcommittee F20.11 on Control, provides a test to establish realistic capacity. The test method is designed to quantify 2 key skimmer performance values, to reduce testing costs, and encourage industry-wide performance standardization. Standard will help manufacturers, response organizations, and regulators to rate skimming devices in a defensible way.

New Oil Skimmer System Standard Approved by ASTM Hazardous Substances Committee


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Press release date: December 16, 2008

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. 16 December 2008 - Oil skimmer nameplate capacities are used to evaluate system performance for spill response planning standards. While manufacturers had been free to state any value as to the theoretical capacity of an oil skimmer, a new ASTM International standard provides a test that can be used to establish a realistic capacity. The standard, F2709, Test Method for Determining Nameplate Recovery Rate of Stationary Oil Skimmer Systems, was developed by Subcommittee F20.11 on Control, part of ASTM International Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response.

"Our goal was to develop a test that would be simple, inexpensive and yield reproducible data that can be used to compare skimmer performance," says Steve Potter, director and senior engineer, SL Ross Environmental Research Ltd., and chair of F20.11. "Prior to the development of this standard, manufacturers were free to state any value as to the theoretical capacity of an oil skimmer, and often used the maximum capacity of the transfer pump."

The test method is designed to quantify two key skimmer performance values, to reduce testing costs and to encourage industry-wide performance standardization. F2709 will be used by manufacturers, response organizations and regulators to rate skimming devices in a defensible way.

ASTM International standards are available for purchase from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org) or at www.astm.org.

For technical Information, contact Steve Potter, SL Ross Environmental Research Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (phone: 613-232-1564; steve@slross.com). Committee F20 meets April 21-22, 2009, during the April committee week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For ASTM meeting or membership information, contact Jeff Adkins, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9738; jadkins@astm.org).

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

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bschindl@astm.org

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