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MONTANA PRECISION MINING LTD. ANNOUNCES TESTING AGREEMENT

 MONTANA PRECISION MINING LTD. ANNOUNCES TESTING AGREEMENT
 SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Montana Precision Mining Ltd. (NASDAQ: MPML) announced today that an agreement has been reached with a U.S. company involved in the waste-to-energy and co-generation fields to fund specific testing of the Skygas process.
 The U.S. entity, who at this time has requested to remain anonymous, has agreed to fully fund all operations to prove successful test results from the gasification of wood chips, rubber tires and other carbonaceous wastes utilizing the Skygas process. Testing and demonstration of the process will be done by Skygas inventor A.C. Lewis at his plant in Libby, Mont.
 Successful tests utilizing wood chips, rubber tires and various other types of carbonaceous wastes as feed stock were accomplished during the pilot plant stage of development in 1989. The Libby plant was closed in 1990 when commercialization of the process was taken over by Skygas venture partner Smogless S.p.A. of Milan, Italy.
 The first Skygas commercial demonstration facility was completed in Italy by Smogless in December of 1991, and the testing and debugging program began in January of 1992. Charles Romberg, MPML president, said that "we are using sludge, wood chips and refused derived fuels (RDF) as feed stocks at our facility in Italy. Smogless currently is in the middle of a successful program to complete commercialization of the process. We have decided not to interrupt the program in Italy and therefore negotiated the start-up of the Libby facility for specific testing purposes." Romberg said that a sale of the first Skygas unit could happen shortly after successful tests results from the Libby site. "Assuming we do not run into any unforeseen problems in Libby and based upon current negotiations, I would anticipate that a sales agreement could be reached before the end of the year," he added.
 Skygas is a photo-electrokinetic process designed for converting solid and semi-solid wastes into a clean-burning medium BTU gas. The gas can be used for generating steam for electric power generation and also offers the potential for conversion into a variety of valuable chemicals.
 The Skygas venture partners include: Montana Precision Mining Ltd., Spokane; Smogless S.p.A., Milan, Italy; Xytel Technologies, Mt. Prospect, Ill. and Enprotech Corp., New York, a subsidiary of C. Itoh Group of Japan.
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 /CONTACT: Robert D. Little of Montana Precision Mining, 509-326-3443/
 (MPML) CO: Montana Precision Mining, Ltd. ST: Washington IN: SU:


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