SAN DIEGO - It may be the dirtiest job in the world and getting it done could be a big boon for the local economy, thanks in part to a just wrapped diplomatic trip by Gov. Jerry Brown.
It seems there are bad days and really bad days for anyone trying to breathe in the air in China. But that bad air could mean good news for San Diego companies.
"I think it's potentially very exciting," said Andy Bartocci, the sales manager at Envitech.
Envitech is a small Point Loma company with big dreams. They are one of the world's leaders in designing equipment like air scrubbers that remove particulates in industrial plants before they get into the air.
At one coal gasification plant in the southeast, greenhouse emissions have been reduced by 65 percent.
At a motor oil refinery in California, they removed almost 100 percent of all particles like sulfur dioxide. The refinery is now able to meet emission standards 100 times better than required in most other states.
Now Envitech has an eye on china.
"We've partnered up with other companies that are working with China directly," said Bartocci. "These are initial proposals."
Those initial proposals may have gotten a big boost. During his visit, Brown signed a pact that will pave the way for California companies to help China measure and improve its air quality.
Experts say California is perceived by China as a leader in cleaning up the environment with no ulterior motives, whereas an offer from the U.S. government to help may be viewed as an attempt to slow down China's economy. If the state is assigned the job of cleaning up China, the market is vast.
"It's so large, it's even hard to measure," said Bartocci.
Industry analysts say the market could be in the billions.
If China accepts their proposal, Envitech says they could be building equipment for a coal plant in China in two years.