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THE GNI GROUP WILL SITE THE FIRST COMMERCIAL MODAR SUPERCRITICAL WATER OXIDATION WASTE DESTRUCTION UNIT

 HOUSTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The GNI Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: GNUC) announced that the first commercial scale demonstration MODAR supercritical water processing system will be sited at GNI's Deer Park, Texas facility. MODAR utilizes a patented supercritical water oxidation process (SCWO) in the destruction of a wide range of both hazardous and non-hazardous aqueous organic waste streams. The proprietary technology was developed by MODAR, Inc., a privately-owned technology research and development company headquartered in Houston. MODAR provides an important alternative to incineration of industrial and municipal aqueous wastes.
 MODAR's environmentally secure waste destruction process occurs in a totally enclosed reactor vessel in which water, organics and oxygen are brought together at temperatures and pressures of approximately 1100 degrees Fahrenheit and 3,400 p.s.i., respectively. Under these conditions, water acts as an effective solvent, promoting complete destruction of the organics via oxidation. When the destruction process is complete, the only remaining constituents are water, carbon dioxide, and inorganic salts.
 Carl V Rush Jr., president and chief executive officer of GNI said, "We are constantly evaluating new technologies which would enhance our current waste treatment, processing and disposal capabilities. MODAR's SCWO will enable us to provide customers with destruction of certain toxic organic wastes in an environmentally responsible manner. The technology is particularly efficacious and cost-effective in the destruction of chlorinated hydrocarbons, which are currently disposed of by other means at high cost."
 GNI is providing the site and will market and operate the MODAR system. The Company has obtained the required permits and/or permit modifications for the system's operation. MODAR, Inc. is responsible for the design and construction of the system. Construction will begin in the first quarter of 1994, with the system expected to become operational in early 1995.
 The MODAR system at GNI will be capable of processing up to 5,000 gallons of waste per day, and larger commercial units of 20,000 to 100,000 gallon per day capacity are being considered for the future when commercial viability of the technology has been proven. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been engaged in a two-year pilot plant research operation of a 500 gallon per day MODAR system at Natick, Mass.
 NOTE: A full-color illustration of the MODAR SCWO system is available via Wieck Photo DataBase to any newspaper or media outlet with telephoto receiver, or electronic darkroom that can accept overhead transmissions. To electronically retrieve photo free of charge, call 214-416-3686.
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 /CONTACT: Carl V Rush Jr., president and CEO of The GNI Group, 713-930-0350; or Bill Killilea, vice president of MODAR, 508-655-7741; or Pat Hoyt of Hoyt & Associates Public Relations, 713-665-2549/
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