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SAFETY-KLEEN CORP. REPORTS ORDER RELATED TO PREVIOUSLY-DISCLOSED PUERTO RICO WASTE STORAGE PROBLEMS

 SAFETY-KLEEN CORP. REPORTS ORDER RELATED TO
 PREVIOUSLY-DISCLOSED PUERTO RICO WASTE STORAGE PROBLEMS
 ELGIN, Ill., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Safety-Kleen Corp. (NYSE: SK) said today that the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB) has issued an order requiring submission of a compliance plan and proposing a penalty of $3.3 million for alleged violations resulting from excess storage of hazardous waste fluids at facilities on the island. The company said it will submit a compliance plan and is proceeding with removal of the waste, but it will contest the proposed penalty. An administrative hearing on the proposed penalty is scheduled for Oct. 16, 1992.
 On Aug. 4, the company disclosed to environmental authorities that an internal investigation had revealed storage of fluids at its Manati, Puerto Rico recycling plant in quantities in excess of its authorized capacity. Safety-Kleen also reported there was storage of a substantial volume of hazardous waste fluids in two off-site tanks that had not been permitted for such storage. The company is continuing its investigation into other environmental issues at the plant.
 Safety-Kleen said today that it has already transported more than half of the excess waste at its Manati plant to U.S. mainland facilities for proper storage, reclamation or disposal. The company said it believed the site would be operating normally and within capacity at Manati within five weeks, substantially ahead of the company's earlier announced timetable.
 In its administrative order, the EQB acknowledged the company self reported the matter; however, it cited the company for a number of violations including the transportation of hazardous waste without manifests, storage in non-permitted tanks, storage in excess of authorized volume, transportation of hazardous waste to an unpermitted facility, and interim status violations.
 Safety-Kleen said it was completing plans to transport, store and reclaim or dispose of the material from the two off-site tanks and would review the plan and schedule with EQB on Friday, in accordance with the Agency order. While the details of the volume reduction plan are subject to EQB approval, Safety-Kleen continues to estimate the costs will be several million dollars.
 The EQB order allows the company to resume acceptance of wastes at the Manati plant. Safety-Kleen can accept up to 12,000 gallons of hazardous waste daily for shipment to other facilities and another 12,000 gallons of waste for processing. In addition, the company will continue processing fluids for tolling while the volume reduction is underway. Safety-Kleen may also continue to receive waste from its parts cleaner service operations on the island.
 Safety-Kleen is the world's largest provider of parts cleaner services and related solvent recycling. The company also collects a variety of hazardous and quasi-hazardous liquid wastes from automotive repair outlets, industrial plants, dry cleaners and other waste generators. The fluids are recycled or re-refined for reuse or blended into fuels for use in industrial furnaces or cement kilns. Safety Kleen's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange
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 /CONTACT: Robert W. Willmschen of Safety-Kleen, 708-697-8460/
 (SK) CO: Safety-Kleen Corp. ST: Illinois IN: SU:


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