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SAFETY-KLEEN, CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT REACHED

 SAFETY-KLEEN, CALIFORNIA AGREEMENT REACHED
 ELGIN, Ill., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Safety-Kleen Corp. (NYSE: SK)


announced today that it has reached an agreement with the State of California settling an action brought against the company in April 1991 alleging violations of the State's Hazardous Waste Act.
 As part of the settlement, the state will amend its complaint against the company, dropping 24 of the allegations. The state originally listed 89 alleged violations. The company does not admit any of the allegations brought against it.
 In announcing the settlement, Scott E. Fore, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety said, "Contrary to some reports, the company regards these allegations very seriously. The company's stated objective in reaching this agreement was to achieve a better understanding with the state on the interpretation and application of California's regulator requirements to our business. At the company's initiative, Safety-Kleen and the Department of Toxic Substance Control will complete a process as part of this agreement that will result in uniform state-wide operating plans, enabling us to do that. Our goal is to consistently operate in compliance," Fore commented.
 The agreement provides for a process that includes statewide Safety- Kleen/Department approval of modules or plans for training, inspection, contingency, closure and waste analysis.
 "Throughout our negotiations with the state we have sought to develop a better working relationship with the officials who regulate our activities. We are confident that with these matters behind us, and the state-wide uniformity matters resolved," Fore stated, "our operating personnel can now build a solid record of consistent compliance."
 The settlement agreement releases the company from any and all claims that the state has asserted, might have asserted, or could assert based on the state's Amended Complaint, from any inspection prior to Oct. 4, 1991, and any matters disclosed during the settlement discussions.
 As part of the settlement, the company will pay a penalty to the state of $1 million. The state will also be reimbursed $300,00 for its costs associated with reaching and implementing the settlement. The company said these costs will be charged against earnings in the fourth quarter, 1991, reducing earnings per share by $.02. The state had initially sought payment of any penalty through issuance of stock by the company. All payments under the agreement will be made in funds by check.
 Safety-Kleen Corp. is the world's largest provider of part cleaner services and related solvent recycling. The company also collects a variety of hazardous and quasi-hazardous liquid wastes from automotive repair outlets, industrial plants, dry cleaners and other waste generators. The fluids are recycled or re-refined for reuse or blended into fuels for use in industrial furnaces or cement kilns. Safety- Kleen's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol SK.
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 /CONTACT: Robert W. Willmschen of Safety-Kleen, 708-697-8460/
 (SK) CO: Safety-Kleen Corp. ST: Illinois IN: SU:


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