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MAINE HALTS AWARD OF STATE MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS INSPECTION PROGRAM (MVEIP) CONTRACT TO SNAP-ON/SCI

 TUCSON, Ariz., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Envirotest Systems Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: ENVI) today announced that it has received a letter from the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services, granting the company's formal request for a stay of the award of the MVEIP contract to Snap-on Tools, Inc.'s (NYSE: SNA) subsidiary, SCI.
 In his letter to Envirotest's attorneys, Director James H. Keil ruled in favor of Envirotest's request for a stay, citing "...the harm that could occur should the DEP award be invalidated in the future...". The director also said that he would issue a ruling on Envirotest's request for an appeal hearing "as soon as possible."
 Commenting on the state's decision, Envirotest said, "With this decision, the Bureau of General Services has recognized that there is sufficient evidence of questionable practices on the part of Snap-on/SCI to warrant a delay in the award of the MVEIP contract to Snap-on/SCI. It is significant that the Bureau of General Services made its decision in favor of Envirotest's request, despite SCI's attempt to rebut the charges against it in a detailed letter to Director Keil dated May 19, 1993.
 "We are confident that, when all the facts come to light at a hearing on the contract award, the full magnitude of the fraud perpetrated against the State of Maine by Snap-on/SCI will finally come out."
 The Bureau of General Services' decision to stay the contract award follows earlier requests by Maine State Senator Mark Lawrence and Rep. Paul Jacques to the Attorney General that he open an investigation into the award of the contract to Snap-on/SCI. Also, Envirotest and its subsidiary Envirotest Technologies, Inc. filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Manhattan on May 4, 1993, charging Snap-on/SCI and related parties with an illegal scheme to deceive state authorities across the country. That lawsuit seeks $100 million in damages.
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 /CONTACT: Robert D. Siegfried or Richard J. Wolff of Kekst and Company, 212-593-2655, for Envirotest Systems/
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CO: Envirotest Systems Corp. ST: Arizona, Maine IN: SU: CON

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