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U.S. Microbics Subsidiary Believes Nationwide MTBE Ban May be Premature!

- Breakthrough Technology Could Help Over 100,000 Gas Stations in US -

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ --

Sub-Surface Waste Management, Inc. (SSWM), a subsidiary of U.S. Microbics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BUGS) today announced it is now providing microbial blends to carbon filtration service companies for use as bioaugmented granular activated carbon or Bio-GAC(TM) to eliminate MTBE, the clean fuel additive, in carbon treatment systems used in groundwater cleanup at retail service station sites nationwide. With this breakthrough technology solution now available for the cleanup of MTBE contamination, SSWM believes the nationwide ban of MTBE may be premature and should be reconsidered.

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Bruce Beattie, President of SSWM stated, "We have established a regeneration support system for carbon filter service companies serving the Oil industry. SSWM is using its MTBEctomy(TM) microbial blend to successfully eliminate MTBE and its daughter product TBA from spent carbon used in groundwater cleanup at retail service station sites nationwide. SSWM is also providing Bio-GAC(TM) to these same carbon service companies to dramatically enhance the effectiveness and efficiencies of operating groundwater recovery and treatment systems at retail gasoline service stations."

Mr. Beattie goes on to say "SSWM is also working closely with several major oil companies with multi-state retail service stations impacted with MTBE to demonstrate the effectiveness of Bio-GAC(TM) and compare its cost with conventional carbon treatment protocols. Through rollout of our technology to nationwide dealers the Oil industry could realize significant cost savings within their existing groundwater treatment system operation and maintenance budgets."

According to the American Petroleum Institute there are approximately 180,000 active retail gas stations in the United States and 73% had reported releases of MTBE. Many of these stations are using carbon filter systems for MTBE treatment and could be potential customers of SSWM technology, helping to cleanup the nation's drinking water systems.

Robert Brehm, Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Microbics, Inc. stated, "MTBE has seen national attention due to its potential ban or phase-out in many states caused by inadvertent releases of petroleum products and the lack of a suitable technology to reduce MTBE contamination to regulatory levels. We believe these bans may be premature if our effective natural biological treatment can secure rapid groundwater cleanup closures for industry and the company receives the support and endorsement of key industry concerns and governmental agencies."

For further information about SSWM, contact Bruce Beattie at 760-918-1860 x 103 or to learn about the company visit the website at

The information contained in this press release includes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements usually contain the words "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "expect," or similar expressions that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the Company's status as a startup company with uncertain profitability, need for significant capital, uncertainty concerning market acceptance of its products, competition, limited service and manufacturing facilities, dependence on technological developments and protection of its intellectual property. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences are discussed more fully in the "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis or Plan of Operation" and other sections of the Company's Form 10-KSB and other publicly available information regarding the Company on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company will provide you with copies of this information upon request.

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