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THERMO PROCESS SYSTEMS' VIRGINIA SOIL-RECYCLING CENTER FIRST TO OPERATE ON METHANE GAS FROM LANDFILL

 THERMO PROCESS SYSTEMS' VIRGINIA SOIL-RECYCLING CENTER
 FIRST TO OPERATE ON METHANE GAS FROM LANDFILL
 WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermo Process Systems Inc. (ASE: TPI) announced that the soil-recycling unit at its processing center near Richmond, Va., recently began operating on methane gas generated by decaying waste at the adjacent landfill. The use of methane gas to fuel the system, which thermally removes petroleum contaminants from soil, takes advantage of a low-cost, alternative fuel and prevents the release of excess methane into the atmosphere.
 The facility is operated by TPST Soil Recyclers of Virginia Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Thermo Process Systems (TPS), and is located at a landfill owned by Shoosmith Brothers Inc., a construction, transportation, and waste management company. The methane is collected from the landfill's disposal cells using a system of pressurized pumps. Thermo Process SystemsU soil-recycling unit, which typically runs on fuel oil, was modified to operate on methane.
 "This soil-recycling center has set the standard for facilities of this type," said Walter J. Bornhorst, chairman and chief executive officer of TPS. "The operation of our soil-treatment system on methane gas is the latest of many environmentally sound procedures and technologies that we have incorporated into this and other facilities we are in the process of developing throughout the U.S."
 The Virginia soil-recycling center has been treating petroleum- contaminated soil since mid-1991. The company has begun construction of another such facility near Los Angeles.
 Thermo Process Systems designs, manufactures, and sells advanced custom-engineered thermal-processing systems for the treatment of toxic wastes and the automated heat treating of metal parts. The company also provides services for the remediation of petroleum-laden soils, in addition to a comprehensive range of metallurgical processes. Thermo Process Systems is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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 /CONTACT: John N. Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111/
 (TPI TMO) CO: Thermo Process Systems Inc.; Thermo Electron Corporation ST: Massachusetts, Virginia IN: OIL SU:


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