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CLOSING STATEMENTS FILED IN HUNTER'S SALT DOME PROJECT

 CLOSING STATEMENTS FILED IN HUNTER'S SALT DOME PROJECT
 SOUTHPORT, Conn., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunter Environmental


Services, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: HESI) announced today that closing statements were filed regarding the evidentiary portion of the hearing on permit applications of Hunter Industrial Facilities, Inc. (HIFI). The permit applications related to the construction and operation of a facility to dispose of solidified hazardous waste in underground solution-mined salt dome caverns. The statements were filed by a number of parties, including HIFI and the executive director of the staff of the Texas Water Commission (TWC) -- the state agency responsible for permitting hazardous waste disposal facilities. The statements were filed with the hearing examiner appointed by the TWC. HIFI is a majority-owned subsidiary of HESI.
 In its closing statement, HIFI stated "...the most credible evidence establishes that HIFI has answered not only applicable regulatory requirements, but also the additional concerns as they have been raised. HIFI has shown itself to be committed and capable of bringing the superior technology of salt dome containment into service to meet the pressing waste management capacity needs for this state."
 Additionally, the closing statement of HIFI said, "HIFI has gone well beyond the minimum standards that would entitle it to the requested permits, making its proposed operation open to more monitoring and public scrutiny than any prior applicant. Having met the more rigorous review requirements developed and imposed upon the company after it filed its application, HIFI has shown depth of management experience, technical capability and financial backing to get the job done."
 In general, HIFI believes that its closing statement addressed all of the concerns and questions raised in the closing statements filed with the hearing examiner by the opposition parties and the executive director of the TWC staff. However, the closing statement from the TWC staff includes a number of issues that were raised late in the hearing but have now formed the basis for the position of the TWC staff that the permits should be denied. These issues include the alleged failure of HIFI to meet applicable regulations relating to the showing of financial assurance related to the construction, safe operation and proper closure of the proposed facility and some technical concerns relating to testing, modeling and monitoring various aspects of the proposed facility. In addition, the closing statement from the TWC staff included a number of suggested permit provisions which the TWC staff believes the hearing examiner should consider in the event that the permits are recommended for issuance.
 The structure of the TWC is such that the TWC staff reports to the executive director of the TWC who acts independently from the hearing examiners, and both the executive director and the hearing examiners report to the commissioners of the TWC. In the hearing process, the executive director of the TWC staff is one of the parties to the hearing conducted by the hearing examiner -- the other parties include HIFI, opposing parties and the public interest counsel.
 HIFI believes the TWC staff's position is their present position and is subject to future change. This position does not differ from their concerns expressed during their testimony during the hearing, except that now they are stating for the first time that they believe the permits should be denied. HIFI believes it will be able to explain, through the rebuttal process, that the technical and financial evidence which was presented by HIFI more than satisfactorily meets the regulatory requirements. HIFI believes the information presented in HIFI's rebuttal argument should allow for a better understanding of the evidence by the TWC staff.
 On the final day of the hearing, HIFI had agreed to many of the permit provisions suggested by the TWC staff in their closing statement and HIFI will address the additional provisions included in the TWC staff closing statement in the HIFI rebuttal argument which is due to the hearing examiner on Nov. 2, 1992.
 The hearing examiner has stated that he will render a proposal for decision to the commissioner of the TWC on the issuance of the hazardous waste disposal permits by no later than Dec. 11, 1992. The final decision by the commissioner of the TWC on the issuance of the hazardous waste disposal permits is expected by Jan. 6, 1993.
 Hunter Environmental Services, Inc., is an environmental service company devoted to developing and providing environmentally safe solutions to the fundamental problems surrounding the disposal of hazardous waste.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Oistacher of Hunter Environmental Services, 203-255-8777; John Murphy of Hill & Knowlton, 713-752-1900, for Hunter/
 (HESI) CO: Hunter Environmental Services, Inc. ST: Connecticut, Texas IN: SU:


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