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BELLSOUTH PARTICIPATES IN ALTERNATIVE FUEL TRIAL THAT MAY PROVE TO BE AN OUTLET FOR RECYCLED DIRECTORIES

 BELLSOUTH PARTICIPATES IN ALTERNATIVE FUEL TRIAL
 THAT MAY PROVE TO BE AN OUTLET FOR RECYCLED DIRECTORIES
 MELBOURNE, Fla., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- While "Fill 'er up with high-octane Yellow Pages!" may never become a common request at the local gas station, recycled telephone books may some day be used in the production of cleaner-burning fuel.
 At least that's what BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) hopes may result from a trial it's involved in with the Florida Institute of Technology.
 The Florida Institute of Technology is studying the viability of methyltetrahydrofuran (MTHF) as a fuel additive, and BellSouth is providing a $75,000 grant and 10 vehicles for the unique environmental initiative. The Florida Energy Office is also very interested in the project's potential and has put up $150,000.
 "Our quest for environmentally responsible ways to dispose of old directories led us to the Florida Institute of Technology and its methyltetrahydrofuran research," said Joe Spann, BellSouth's operations manager for safety and environmental affairs. "Overall, the early results of the trial have been encouraging. We hope they'll lead to the realization of MTHF's potential as an additive that will reduce harmful emissions and provide one possible use for recycled directories."
 In addition to traditional end uses like cardboard, BellSouth has identified some other unusual outlets for old directories such as seeding mulch and bedding for chicken farms.
 Methyltetrahydrofuran is a commercially available chemical that can be produced from many types of biomass, including old telephone books.
 The Florida Institute of Technology's Bioenergy and Technology Laboratory has been investigating the fuel on a small scale for years, but this is the first time broad scale testing on a fleet has been undertaken.
 BellSouth is an Atlanta-based international telecommunications holding company. It provides local telephone services in nine southeastern states, mobile telecommunications services worldwide, advertising and publishing services and markets and maintains stand- alone and fully integrated communications systems.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Stevens of BellSouth, 404-249-2832, or Gwendolyn De Cort of Florida Institute of Technology, 407-768-8000, ext. 6118/
 (BLS) CO: BellSouth Corporation; Florida Institute of Technology ST: Florida IN: TLS SU:


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