updated 10/20/2010 9:46:47 AM ET 2010-10-20T13:46:47

RENO, Nev., Oct. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Encompass Holdings, Inc. (Pink Sheets:ECMH), www.encompassholdings.com, confirmed today that Olson Ecologic Laboratories has received and will begin the preliminary testing of the 407cc rotary engine developed by the Encompass majority owned subsidiary Rotary Engine Technologies, Inc., (RETI) for California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standard certification.

Scott Webber, Encompass CEO, was personally on hand at Olson's Lab in Fullerton, California for examination of our test engine. He reports that the engine was received in good condition and was immediately being prepared for preliminary testing to confirm our in-house emissions analysis prior to filing the official CARB test protocol application.

Webber stated, "I met with Don Olson, owner of Olson Labs, and two of his test engineers assigned to the project. They suggested it would be in our best interest to include an Olson Lab confirmation of our emissions analysis with our application. This preliminary testing will take 3 to 4 weeks to confirm our test results at which time documentation will be prepared and submitted to CARB. Since CARB has a much more stringent emissions standard, EPA will generally accept CARB certification as a qualifier for its own certification process. "

Webber continued, "It is Olson's opinion that once the 407cc rotary engine is certified, any future use of alternative fuels such as natural gas, methane, propane, or hydrogen gas fuel combinations such as HHO/diesel, HHO/gasoline, or any other combinations that do not increase the engine's emissions can be routinely submitted and approved without extensive additional testing." 

Larry Cooper, RETI CTO, stated, "I am very pleased at the enthusiasm our rotary engine has generated with Don Olson and Olson Ecologic Labs. Their eager approach to our project improves our timing estimates by eliminating scheduling delays. Getting our first rotary engine emissions certified will be a major milestone in our engine development plans including our 512 hp natural gas rotary engine currently in production-ready status. Scott and I are looking forward to working with Jerry Cole, our CARB/EPA procedures consultant to expedite the certification process. Mr. Cole is also a multi-fuel expert particularly knowledgeable in hydrogen fuels."

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