ABOUT USTI

United Sciences Testing Inc. (USTI) was formed in 1997 to serve the utility and industrial emissions testing market. USTI’s core service is providing field services or leased equipment to perform relative accuracy test audits (RATA) on boiler flue gas flow monitoring systems. This test audit is a requirement that the U.S. EPA has placed on certain electric utility and large Industrial facilities to comply with the mandates outlined in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

USTI is headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh and has branch offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Groveport, Ohio and Standfeild, North Carolina.

The Company

USTI is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Electric Power. We offer flow RATA services to manufacturers and other utilities as well as AEP facilities where these tests are required. Jerry Williams is the general manager of USTI responsible for the day-to-day operations and Mike Ray is the marketing/customer service coordinator.

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History

In the Early 1990’s, senior management within the firm called United Sciences Inc. (USI), a leading CEMS manufacturer, identified that more accurate flow testing would provide economic value to the utilities required to comply with the acid rain program. USI’s management converted this idea into the development of an automated RATA testing system.

In 1995 and 1996 USI collaborated with American Electric Power (AEP) to demonstrate to the U.S. EPA both the feasibility and the improvement capabilities of automated flow RATA testing.

In 1997 the principal manager departed USI to form a new and completely separate company known as United Sciences Testing (USTI). All the assets associated with the automated testing were acquired from USI and placed with a new company. A number of key personnel also moved to the new company.

Since 1997 USTI has completed the development of the automated flow testing equipment. The result is a proprietary and patented technology that provides the most accurate flow testing apparatus available to perform RATA testing on large utility and industrial stacks and ducts.

In 2001, the parent company of USTI placed the company up for sale.

American Electric Power purchased USTI in January 2002. Part of the purchase decision was based on AEP's positive experience and internal operational savings that have resulted from using USTI's technology and services over the past several years. The lower and more accurate flow readings resulting from automated RATA testing have resulted in annual savings of many millions of dollars for both AEP and USTI’s other clients.

Prior to acquiring USTI, AEP played a key role in assisting USTI in its efforts to secure approval from the U.S. EPA to use USTI's AUTO-PROBE Q2000® technology to perform 40 CFR Part 75 flow RATA tests. Performance testing required for U.S. EPA approval was conducted at several AEP generating units.

Disclaimer

UNITED SCIENCES TESTING, INC. PROVIDES SERVICE NOT REGULATED BY THE STATE UTILITY COMMISSION AND IS A SEPARATE ENTITY FROM AEP’S ELECTRIC UTILITY AFFILIATES. UNITED SCIENCES TESTING, INC. SERVICES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO OBTAIN OR CONTINUE SERVICE FROM AEP’S AFFILIATED ELECTRIC UTILITIES. A CUSTOMER WILL GAIN NO ADVANTAGE FROM AEP’S AFFILIATED ELECTRIC UTILITIES BY BUYING FROM UNITED SCIENCES TESTING, INC..

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