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PE'S NICHOLAS DEBENEDICTIS IMPLORES CITY COUNCIL TO ADOPT SOLID WASTE PLAN

 PE'S NICHOLAS DEBENEDICTIS IMPLORES
 CITY COUNCIL TO ADOPT SOLID WASTE PLAN
 PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In testimony before Philadelphia City Council today, Nicholas DeBenedictis, Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) senior vice president, urged Council to award new contracts for disposal of city trash by Dec. 15.
 DeBenedictis said the seven-year contracts, which take effect in 1994 and would save the city at least $21 million a year, are cost- effective and must be approved to comply with a state-mandated deadline and to demonstrate Philadelphia is "willing and able to come to grips with its financial problems."
 DeBenedictis is a member of the Mayor's Solid Waste Advisory Committee and former president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
 "For a number of years, the city's inability to solve its trash problems had a detrimental effect on the image of Philadelphia," he said. "I have seen the city miss too many opportunities during the past several years to solve its solid waste disposal problem."
 Failure to take action in recent years, he said, has forced the city "to haul its trash up and down the eastern seaboard, searching for a place to dispose of it."
 The new contracts call for 70 percent of the city's non-recycled waste to be disposed by Browning-Ferris Industries at private landfills and the remainder to be sent to a Bucks County trash-to-steam plant now under construction by Wheelabrator Inc. The contracts reduce the cost per ton from $65 to a combined cost of $50 and also contain lower inflationary escalator clauses than existing contracts, which will increase the seven-year savings to more than $200 million, he said.
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