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SOLID WASTE SHIPMENTS ENROUTE FOR DISPOSAL; REGULATORY AGENCIES APPROVE MOVE

 SOLID WASTE SHIPMENTS ENROUTE FOR DISPOSAL;
 REGULATORY AGENCIES APPROVE MOVE
 PHILADELPHIA, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The containerized shipment of non-hazardous solid waste which was blocked by the State of Illinois will be disposed of at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island under an agreement announced today by TENNSV, Inc., the shipper, and Consolidated Rail Corporation (NYSE: CRR) (Conrail), which is handling transportation of the shipment, with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy and the New York City Department of Sanitation.
 The non-hazardous solid waste, shipped by TENNSV, Inc., of Edmond, Okla., left Streator, Ill., yesterday for rail movement to Kearny, N.J., and truck movement beyond to Fresh Kills. The transfer to trucks will be observed by inspectors from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy. The New York City Department of Sanitation and the New York State Department of Environmental Control will inspect the shipment as it arrives at Fresh Kills. The entire move should be completed by Saturday.
 All of the parties involved in this solution said it was the result of talks aimed at eliminating a crisis while defusing a politically charged debate.
 The shipper, TENNSV, explained that when the shipment left New York City it was bound for an approved and fully permitted Illinois landfill. On July 8, an Illinois state court Judge, acting without notice to TENNSV or Conrail, ordered the shipment moved.
 TENNSV and Conrail are challenging the validity and constitutionality of the Illinois Court's order in Federal District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. However Conrail and TENNSV complied with the order and the shipment was moved, first to Kansas City, Kan., and then on to Streator, where it arrived July 13.
 The containers remained in Streator while officials representing Conrail and TENNSV pursued discussions with Illinois state officials and considered other alternative answers.
 Another Illinois state court judge ordered the shipment moved from Streator yesterday, after negotiations for the New York disposition were well underway. Conrail will contest this order, too.
 Conrail said the recent series of events points out the need for a coordinated national strategy for solid waste management.
 Conrail operates a rail-freight transportation network in 14 Northeastern and Midwestern states, the District of Columbia, and the Province of Quebec.
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