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STATEMENT BY GAF CORP. CONCERNING U.S. EPA ADMINISTRATOR CAROL BROWNER'S HAZARDOUS WASTE REDUCTION AND COMBUSTION STRATEGY

 WAYNE, N.J., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by GAF Corp.:
 Contrary to today's article in The New York Times, U.S. EPA Administrator Carol Browner did not call for a moratorium on hazardous waste incineration. We are confident that the announcement will not have any impact on GAF's plan to move forward with the development of our commercial hazardous waste incinerator in Linden, N.J.
 In fact, GAF applauds Administrator Browner's decision to more tightly regulate the operation of non-commercial hazardous waste incinerators and industrial furnaces in the United States. We believe that decision strongly underscores the need for a carefully regulated, technologically advanced commercial incinerator like the one being proposed for Linden.
 In view of the fact that the EPA action will undoubtedly lead to stronger health, safety and environmental requirements for non-commercial facilities, this development should result in greater demand for technologically advanced commercial incineration.
 The Linden facility is vital for controlling the disposal of hazardous waste in New Jersey. The design of this incinerator has always included the state-of-the-art technology. We are confident that our design will exceed both current and any new U.S. EPA standards that may be contemplated. We remain committed to building the safest and most modern facility in the nation.
 In her statement, Administrator Browner specifically stated that new facilities which would replace or be a significant improvement over existing capacity could still be permitted. However, because of the extensive ongoing permitting process in New Jersey, it is unlikely that construction could have begun on the Linden incinerator within the next 18 months. Therefore, we do not anticipate any delay in the process.
 The citizens of Linden understand that significant benefits that the incinerator will bring to their city ... lower taxes, new jobs and increased economic development. GAF is dedicated to seeing this project through to its completion.
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 /CONTACT: Michael W. Kempner of MWW/Strategic Communications, 201-342-9500, for GAF Corp./


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