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IMPERIAL COUNTY, CALIFORNIA PLANNING DEPARTMENT CLEARS WAY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF PROPOSED WASTE-BY-RAIL LANDFILL

 IMPERIAL COUNTY, CALIFORNIA PLANNING DEPARTMENT CLEARS WAY
 FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF PROPOSED WASTE-BY-RAIL LANDFILL
 LOS ANGELES, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Waste Industries (NYSE: WW) today announced that the Imperial County, California Planning Department has accepted as complete an application for a conditional use permit to establish a 20,000 ton-per-day capacity waste-by-rail landfill. The Mesquite Regional Landfill is planned to serve Southern California for the next 100 years.
 "With this approval, we can begin the process of environmental review and permitting this critically needed landfill," stated Kosti Shirvanian, Western Waste president and chief executive officer. "The declining landfill space in Southern California emphasizes how vital the Mesquite Regional Landfill, with its 500 million ton capacity, is to the region."
 As the next phase in obtaining permits for this project, the county will work with the Bureau of Land Management to prepare a joint comprehensive environmental impact analysis assessing the project. The environmental review process is expected to be completed within approximately 14 months.
 The project will combine the expertise of three companies -- Western Waste Industries, Gold Fields Mining Company and SP Environmental Systems -- who have formed an integrated waste-by-rail partnership.
 The proposed system, which could be operational by early 1994, will collect, sort and recycle municipal solid waste from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Ventura and San Diego counties. The waste will be transported via enclosed rail cars to an isolated landfill located on property adjacent to Gold Fields' Mesquite Mine and approximately 35 miles east of Brawley, Calif. This six-county region currently generates more than 75,000 tons of waste each day and is increasingly under disposal pressure from urban landfill closures.
 "This timely approval puts us one step closer to realizing the benefits of this important project for Imperial County and the whole of Southern California," said Gold Field's Robert Filler, general manager of the landfill project. "We look forward to working closely with government agencies, local groups and residents to demonstrate our commitment to the community and the environment."
 Western Waste Industries is a leading integrated solid waste management company, providing collection, recycling, composting and disposal services for commercial, industrial and residential customers. The company has locations in California, Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana and Colorado. Western Waste operates seven landfills and has announced eight new disposal projects.
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 /CONTACT: Richard F. Widrig of Western Waste Industries, 310-329-1425, or Craig A. Parsons of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300, for Western Waste Industries/
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