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GuardDogT Watches Over Valero

SpillGuard Technologies' Flagship Product Gets Nod from Largest Independent Refiner in U.S.

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Concord, Calif. - February 10, 2004 - SpillGuard Technologies, Inc.  (SGT, Inc.) (http://www.sgtinc.com), the leading provider of innovative end-to-end spill prevention solutions for the fuel movement and petrochemical industry, announced today that its GuardDogT independent secondary shutoff control system has successfully completed 10 months in operation at Valero's Benicia facility. Valero has installed three GuardDog units in this downstream marketing terminal to monitor and protect their operation from inadvertent spills. Valero's decision to use the GuardDog platform was based on SpillGuard's ability to quickly integrate into Valero's existing systems and enable Valero to prevent spills resulting from human error and mechanical failure during loading of fuel into tanker trucks. When the GuardDog's patent pending predictive intelligence predicts a probable spill within 750 milliseconds of a high limit alarm , it initiates pump shutdown and secondary control valve closure, preventing a spill.

"Valero has played a vital leadership role in adopting The new American Petroleum Institute's (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1004 calling for an independent secondary shutoff control system for bottom loading of tanker trucks. In doing so, Valero has set an example for others to follow in the adoption of new standards that serve to improve safety and protect the environment in and around their facilities," said Peter A. Mantas, president and CEO of SpillGuard Technologies. "We are proud to be working with such a forward thinking organization, and are also very pleased to have Valero Energy, the largest independent refiner in the United States, validate our spill prevention technology with their early adoption of our GuardDog product. We are confident that the GuardDog will not only continue to perform as advertised, but also exceed all expectations. We look forward to contributing to Valero's ongoing commitment to improving safety and protecting the environment."

About The GuardDog™
The GuardDog is the first independent secondary shutoff control system. It is quickly becoming the industry's defacto standard for spill prevention. Developed from the ground up to protect lives, the environment, and security. The GuardDog's patent pending design continuously monitors from 1 to 8 loading or transfer streams per unit.  Built with the future in mind, its innovative design ensures American Petroleum Institute's (API) RP1004 compliance, reduces installation costs, streamlines operations, reduces or eliminates the risks of spills, detects leaks and even detects attempted product theft.

Under normal conditions The GuardDog is silent until it detects a catastrophic valve failure.  Springing to action, the GuardDog automatically shuts down pumps; closes storage tank base valves and locks out the loading operation while alerting management personnel of the problem and providing an opportunity for investigation. The GuardDog empowers management with complete control -- not allowing loading to continue or resume until management determines it is safe to load again by initiating a keyed system reset switch.

Impressively flexible, the GuardDog is easily integrated into the Terminal Management System at tank truck, rail car, commercial and military aviation refueling and marine ship and barge loading operation facilities. A Typical configuration requires only one "GuardDog" unit per load lane. The unit works in concert with SGT Inc's Pump & Valve Controller and other existing safety components and emergency shutdown circuits to provide a fail-safe mechanism for stopping flow when a valve failure is detected.  Call 1-925-363-1585 for more information.

About SpillGuard Technologies, Inc.
SpillGuard Technologies, Inc., the leader in spill prevention technologies, is dedicated to providing spill prevention solutions to the petrochemical industry. The company develops unique solutions that overcome human error and equipment failures. Designed to protect lives, the environment and assets, SGT Inc’s core product the GuardDog™ is quickly becoming the defacto standard in spill prevention technology.  The GuardDog was built from the ground up to meet future industry specifications like the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) RP1004, Section 5, titled Independent Secondary Shutoff Control Systems (SSC) associated with the bottom loading of tanker vehicles.

A privately held company, SGT Inc is driven by a seasoned management team with an impressive track record of accomplishments.

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