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PUBLIC HEARING FOR SALT DOME PROJECT COMPLETED

 PUBLIC HEARING FOR SALT DOME PROJECT COMPLETED
 SOUTHPORT, Conn., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunter Environmental


Services, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: HESI) announced its majority owned subsidiary, Hunter Industrial Facilities, Inc. (HIFI) has completed the evidentiary portion of the public hearing on permits for the disposal of solidified hazardous waste in underground salt dome caverns.
 The hearing, which began on June 29, 1992, concluded on Oct. 1, 1992. The hearing examiner has stated that he will render a proposal for decision (PFD) to the commissioners of the Texas Water Commission (TWC) -- the state regulatory agency for hazardous waste disposal -- by no later than Dec. 11, 1992. The final decision on the permits by the TWC is expected by Jan. 6, 1993.
 "This was the most comprehensive hearing of its type in the history of the Texas Water Commission," Keith Price, president of HIFI, said. "There were over 13,000 pages of testimony in total from 32 expert witnesses for HIFI and over 600 exhibits were presented by the parties." Price said, "We are very pleased with the results of the hearing and are highly confident that the hearing record will support the issuance of the permits."
 "We believe we have proven that we have the safest solution to the problem of hazardous waste disposal and that there is an urgent need for our facility. We anticipate that we also will be issued a no-migration ruling by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifying that the waste will be entombed for at least 10,000 years. In fact, we have proven during the hearing that the waste will not migrate for at least 15,000 years -- the highest standard in the United States. The facility is designed with redundant safety features that will make it the safest facility in the country," Price said.
 Located 30 miles northeast of Houston, and 10 miles east of Lake Houston, the North Dayton Salt Dome offers ideal characteristics for the siting of a hazardous waste disposal facility:
 -- The caverns will be solution-mined in the massive salt dome deep below the earth's surface.
 -- Neighboring Harris County, Texas is the nation's largest generator of hazardous waste.
 -- Texas and Harris County generators currently export a large percentage of their hazardous waste out of state for disposal.
 -- Salt domes have been employed safely for decades storing hydrocarbon products under high pressure as well as 500 million barrels of crude oil for the United States Department of Energy's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. There are currently some 1,500 salt caverns in operation in the United States.
 Hunter Environmental Services, Inc. is an environmental service company devoted to developing and providing environmentally safe solutions to the fundamental problems surrounding the disposal of hazardous waste.
 Price further stated that "During the final days of the hearing HIFI proposed several permit conditions it was willing to accept in response to concerns expressed by the staff of the TWC and the public."
 The conditions include:
 -- HIFI has agreed to prohibit trucks carrying hazardous waste to and from the facility from crossing several area roads, including the crossing of Lake Houston via the FM 1960 McKay Bridge.
 -- HIFI agreed to prohibit truck traffic to an from the facility during the hours when school buses are most active in the Liberty County, Texas area.
 -- HIFI agreed to several additional monitoring and testing procedures sought by the staff of the TWC to further demonstrate the integrity of the underground salt dome hazardous waste disposal caverns, and to further demonstrate the safety of drinking water.
 Salt Dome Project Background
 In fiscal 1990, HESI began a program to divest all of its operating businesses to concentrate its resources to pursue permits to develop a facility to dispose of hazardous waste in a safe and environmentally sound manner using proven technologies.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Oistacher of Hunter Environmental Services, Inc., 203-255-8777 or John Murphy of Hill and Knowlton, Inc., 713-752-1900, for Hunter Environmental Services/
 (HESI) CO: Hunter Environmental Services, Inc. ST: Connecticut, Texas IN: SU:


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