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CHAMBERS SIGNS CONTRACT FOR NEW FLORIDA LANDFILL

 CHAMBERS SIGNS CONTRACT FOR NEW FLORIDA LANDFILL
 PITTSBURGH, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking its entrance into the


Florida market, Chambers Waste Systems of Florida, Inc., a subsidiary of Chambers Development Company, Inc. of Pittsburgh (AMEX: CDVA, CDVB) today announced that the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a contract providing for Chambers to acquire the county-owned 350-acre Berman Road landfill and to develop and upgrade it into a regional landfill. The contract was the result of a long request-for-qualifications and request-for-proposal process in which several other public companies participated.
 The contract also contemplates that Chambers will develop additional landfill space following the completion of operations at the existing site. The company has 2,080 acres of property under option adjacent to the existing facility. The company's environmental management staff believes a minimum of 500 acres are permittable under all applicable laws and regulations. The contract allows an average daily volume of 3,000 tons of solid and special, non-hazardous wastes.
 Chambers will immediately initiate permitting procedures with the Florida Department of Environmental Regulations (DER) for the transfer of the existing permit and for the development of the additional acreage. Chambers will commence operation of the existing site on Jan. 13, 1992. The landfill is located off Highway 70, east of the City of Okeechobee and approximately 62 miles northwest of West Palm Beach, 132 miles from Tampa, 105 miles from Orlando and 126 miles from Miami.
 The existing site was designed in accordance with then applicable regulations, including a single synthetic liner with a leachate collection system, and will be upgraded by Chambers to conform with the new Florida environmental regulations. The site has significant permitted capacity and substantial expansion capability even without the use of additional properties.
 Alexander Rangos, Chambers' executive vice president and chief operating officer, called the project "very important" because it represents Chambers' entry into the Florida market. "A number of landfills in Florida are reaching capacity and are expected to close in the near future. This landfill provides a solution to Okeechobee County and potentially any city or county in Florida.
 This is one of only a few merchant landfills south of Orlando that is capable of providing environmentally secure solid and special waste disposal well into the next century," he said.
 The landfill will provide waste disposal to Okeechobee County for a minimum of 25 years.
 The facility will be designed using Chambers' state-of-the-art technology and constructed using a double composite liner with a leachate collection and treatment system. A series of groundwater monitoring wells will surround the site. Chambers will also use a combination of security systems at the facility to prevent any illegal dumping at the lanfill. Provided all approvals are received, the facility will employ 40-50 people when it is operational.
 In addition, Chambers will construct a recycling facility and provide three recycling dropoff areas for Okeechobee County residents.
 Chambers Development Company, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a leading environmental firm offering services in recycling, transfer station operation and landfill development, as well as the collection, transportation and disposal of residential, commercial, non-hazardous industrial and medical solid wastes.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Leonard, media, 412-244-7560, or Lew Nevins, financial, 412-244-6195, both of Chambers Development Company, Inc./
 (CDVB) CO: Chambers Waste Systems of Florida, Inc.; Chambers Development
 Company, Inc. ST: Florida, Pennsylvania IN: SU: CON


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