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N-VIRO ACHIEVES RECORD YEAR

 N-VIRO ACHIEVES RECORD YEAR
 TOLEDO, Ohio, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- With 33 processing plants


on-stream, N-Viro Energy Systems, Ltd.'s 1991 sales more than doubled and "earnings did far better than that," J. Patrick Nicholson, N-Viro's chief executive officer, told his board of directors recently.
 Nicholson attributed the record growth of the environmental technology company to several key factors. These factors included current and future environmental regulations for sludge disposal and increased awareness of the environmental and economic advantages of the company's product, N-Viro Soil, over chemical fertilizers in agriculture.
 Total N-Viro Soil production grew dramatically in 1991. For the entire year, more than 500,000 tons of product were marketed. This 150 percent increase from the 200,000 tons marketed the previous year was primarily the result of 12 new systems coming on stream in 1991.
 N-Viro is a limited partnership and does not publish financial results.
 "The 1991 achievement we are proudest of was winning the President's Environment and Conservation Citation for 'excellence in innovative technology.' These are awarded to individuals, organizations and groups for 'excellence in developing innovative solutions to the nation's environmental challenges,'" Nicholson said.
 N-Viro was nominated for its development of the N-Viro Soil technology. As Ohio Sen. John H. Glenn stated, "N-Viro Soil combines by-product alkaline admixtures, derived from air pollution prevention processes, with biological waste materials, such as wastewater reclamation sludge." The resulting product is a safe, organic-aglime fertilizer and soil-like product that is sold to farmers, landfill operators and others.
 The largest of the facilities opening in 1991 is located at the Middlesex County Utilities Authority in New Jersey. It produces more than 800 tons of N-Viro Soil daily. The authority selected the N-Viro process as the most cost-effective sludge management technology and installed it to comply with the 1991 federal ban on ocean disposal of sewage sludge.
 "We expect our vigorous growth to continue as more N-Viro Soil facilities are brought on-line and our product becomes more readily available to farmers," said Nicholson. He also explained that N-Viro Soil is now certified as an aglime product in many states.
 "Farmers are realizing a reduction in input costs of $15 to $26 per acre from using N-Viro Soil and more than a 10 percent increase in yield over fields utilizing standard chemical fertilizer programs. The results are phenomenal," he said.
 At the end of 1991, 33 N-Viro installations were operating worldwide, including five plants in England and two in Australia. In addition, international rights for representation in Japan and Mexico were recently negotiated. Nicholson estimated more than 30 new facilities would become operational during 1992, including additional plants in the United States, England and Australia along with plants in Hungary and Mexico.
 "Since the N-Viro Soil product is suitable for export, we should be able to expand even more rapidly into foreign markets," Nicholson added. Currently, N-Viro Energy Systems is represented internationally by U.K.-based Simon Engineering in Europe, England, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Simon also provides engineering for the design of N-Viro's processing facilities.
 Agronomy is proving to be one of the largest initial markets for the N-Viro Soil. Nicholson feels the most important development for the company in 1991 was the completion of full-scale agronomic field studies in New England and northwest Ohio.
 "The results clearly demonstrated a net savings to farmers of more than $42 per acre. These savings come from a combination of reduced chemical fertilizer costs and increased yields on crops such as soybeans, corn and alfalfa."
 Noting that N-Viro Soil will help meet the 1992 EPA "503" sludge regulations due to take effect July 1, Nicholson expects this factor will spur further product development and company growth. "The N-Viro Soil technology provides disinfection to the highest standards recognized by the U.S. EPA and, as such, allows N-Viro Soil to be distributed on an unrestricted basis as an agricultural product.
 "Also, Ohio State University has just completed a highly successful demonstration of the use of N-Viro Soil in both land reclamation and topsoil blends. Other equally important uses will surely be discovered."
 Laboratory research by N-Viro is an ongoing commitment. According to Dr. Jeffrey Burnham, professor of microbiology at the Medical College of Ohio and consultant to N-Viro Energy Systems, the studies are twofold.
 "N-Viro Soil's continuing research supports its existing technology and the development of new processes for the treatment and reuse of materials from various waste streams. The more we learn, the more potential applications we can identify," Burnham said.
 Along with the President's Environment and Conservation Citation, "City and State" magazine also honored N-Viro in 1991 by recognizing Toledo's municipal wastewater residuals management program, which includes an N-Viro facility, as the country's number one sludge recycling program. In 1990, the EPA named N-Viro Soil as the number one technology development for sludge utilization.
 "The by-product materials used in N-Viro Soil have tremendous fertility value," concluded Nicholson. "It is tragic, if not scandalous, that their recyclable value has been abused or simply ignored. The great challenge of this decade is to build a scientific bridge between the supply of environmental by-product resources and the demand for worldwide, low-cost food production."
 With more than 30 new facilities coming on-line in 1992 and an annual production rate exceeding one million tons, N-Viro continues to play an active role in building this bridge by supplying a valuable, recycled resource to the agricultural community.
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