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SEATTLE METRO ISSUES 'NOTICE TO PROCEED' FOR RIEDEL/SMI'S INTERIM SEWAGE PLANT

 SEATTLE METRO ISSUES 'NOTICE TO PROCEED'
 FOR RIEDEL/SMI'S INTERIM SEWAGE PLANT
 PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (Metro) has issued the Riedel/SMI joint venture a "Notice to Proceed" with design, construction and operation of an interim sewage sludge drying and granulating plant that will be located in an industrial area in Seattle, it was announced today by Arthur A. Riedel, chief executive officer of Riedel Environmental Technologies Inc. (AMEX: RIE) and Bart Lynam, president, Sludge Management Inc. (SMI).
 The total value of the contract is $6.7 million of which $3.8 million is for the equipment. The equipment is expected to take six months to install. According to Riedel, the joint venture will receive $2.9 million in revenues to operate the equipment for the initial two-year period with a possible option for an additional two-and-one-half years at the election of Seattle Metro. The equipment will be the property of Metro and may continue to operate at the existing site or be relocated to another site at the end of the initial two-year period, in accordance with Metro's requirements for sewage sludge treatment.
 "We are very excited about the application of this technology developed by the Riedel/SMI joint venture to transform sewage sludge into a granular fertilizer. This technology will help eliminate the sludge management problems which now exist in many U.S. communities due to recent changes in federal regulations," said Riedel.
 The interim plant will be used to process 30 dry tons of sludge per day and will produce a marketable fertilizer/soil conditioner that will be distributed through an arrangement with an agricultural products broker.
 In the spring of 1994, a permanent 30-dry-ton-per-day sludge facility, currently being designed by Riedel/SMI, is scheduled to come on line at the Seattle West Point treatment plant. The facility's capacity will be increased in 60 dry tons per day in the winter of 1996. This project was awarded to the Riedel/SMI team last year. The joint venture will operate the permanent plant for 10 years, with an option for an additional 10 years.
 The Riedel/SMI joint venture is a cooperative undertaking between Riedel Waste Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Riedel Environmental Technologies Inc. of Portland (60 percent) and Sludge Management Inc. of Seattle (40 percent).
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 /CONTACT: Dave Rynd of Riedel Environmental Technologies, 503-285-9111/
 (RIE) CO: Riedel Environmental Technologies; Sludge Management;
 Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle ST: Oregon; Washington IN: SU: JVN


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