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WHEELABRATOR TECHNOLOGIES TO CONSTRUCT WASTE WOOD, TIRE AND LANDFILL GAS POWER GENERATING FACILITY IN POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA

 OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- Wheelabrator Technolog ies Inc. (NYSE: WTI) today announced that it had begun construction on the Ridge Generating Station, a waste wood, tire and landfill gas power generating facility in Polk County, Fla.
 The $91-million facility will safely convert 350,000 tons of waste wood and 25,000 tons of tires each year into 40 megawatts of clean energy for Florida Power Corporation. A portion of the fuel will be derived from landfill gas acquired from the Polk County North Central Landfill.
 "There is a critical need for additional electricity in Florida today," said Phillip B. Rooney, chairman and chief executive officer of Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. "We are delighted to be able to move ahead on this project and in the near future supply Florida residents with enough electricity to power 40,000 homes."
 When operations begin in the summer of 1994, Ridge Generating Station will be the first, full-scale commercial facility in the United States to dispose of waste wood, tires and landfill gas simultaneously. "Wheelabrator and Decker are setting a precedent today by designing, constructing and operating a facility which will employ the world's most advanced air quality control systems while providing the citizens of Polk County and Central Florida with safe and reliable disposal services for a unique range of waste materials," said Rooney.
 Locally, 250 new construction jobs and 40 full-time plant positions will be created by the facility.
 The project is a partnership of Wheelabrator Polk Inc. and Decker Energy-Ridge, Inc. Wheelabrator Polk Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wheelabrator Environmental Systems and its parent company, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. Decker Energy-Ridge, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Decker Energy International, Inc.
 Decker Energy International, Inc., founded in 1982, is a privately held developer, owner and operator of independent power projects nationwide and is based in Winter Park, Florida. Decker Energy's projects have a total capital cost of about $300 million and a generating capacity of approximately 160 megawatts.
 Wheelabrator Environmental Systems is the nation's leading developer and operator of trash-to-energy plants. The company operates 14 commercial recycling and trash-to-energy facilities that have converted more than 40 million tons of trash into clean energy since 1975. The company also operates numerous small power plants, wastewater treatment facilities, composting and biosolids management projects.
 Wheelabrator Technologies, a multi-faceted environmental services company, is a majority-owned subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., the world's leading environmental services company. In addition to its trash-to-energy and cogeneration capabilities, Wheelabrator Technologies offers premier environmental engineering services and supplies air quality control systems for industrial and utility applications. It also provides composting and a range of water and wastewater treatment services including biosolids management.
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 ~CONTACTS: William Plunkett, 708-572-8898, for Wheelabrator Technologies, or Macauley Whiting, 407-628-8900, for Decker~
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