The former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stephen Johnson is to chair the advisory board of novel electrolyte technology company Tydrolyte.
Tydrolyte said the newly-formed advisory board would support the company in its “mission to replace toxic sulfuric acid in the US$40 billion-dollar lead battery market with a better performing, non-toxic substitute”.
Johnson will advise the company on “regulatory pathways… to achieve an environmental preference approach, which is an important step toward industry adoption”.
Johnson was EPA administrator from 2005 to 2009 during the George W. Bush administration. He was the first and only career scientist to lead the agency. Johnson received a master’s degree in pathology from George Washington University and has received the Presidential Rank Award, the highest honour that can be given to a civilian employee of the U.S. federal government.
Tydrolyte CEO Paul Bundschuh said: “Stephen is a well-respected expert on hazardous chemicals, their impact on people and the environment, and their regulations. With his help we are another step closer to replacing sulfuric acid in the global lead battery industry which would eliminate hundreds of millions of gallons annually of this toxic, carcinogenic material”.