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WASTE TIRE POWER STATION DEDICATED

 WOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives of NIPSCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NI), Elm Energy & Recycling (UK) Ltd. and other local dignitaries today dedicated a new, 30-megawatt tire-fueled generating station in Wolverhampton, England.
 The first of its kind in England, the Elm plant burns whole, unshredded tires to generate electricity. The plant employs approximately 80 people and uses eight to 10 million automobile and truck tires, or more than 20 percent of Britain's scrap tires, each year to produce electricity for 25,000 homes.
 What makes this power plant unique is that electricity is produced "cleanly," without producing harmful emissions. In addition, all by- products created by the combustion process, ash, steel wire and zinc, will be recycled for use in other industrial processes. The incinerators used to burn the whole tires were developed by Basic Environmental Engineering (Glen Ellyn, Ill.). These incinerators are specifically designed to ensure complete and environmentally safe combustion. T.B.V. Power Ltd. of Wolverhampton, a joint venture between Tarmac PLC of Wolverhampton and Black & Veatch Engineering, Inc. (Kansas City, Kan.), was responsible for the construction of the Elm plant.
 "The British government has recognized that although waste tires pose a significant environmental problem, they can be utilized as a valuable energy source," said Gary L. Neale, chairman, president and chief executive officer of NIPSCO Industries. "With this plant, we have proved that we can burn tires in a benign way. It is our hope to convince the environmental community in the United States of what the British government and people already know."
 Anne S. Evans, managing director of Elm Energy & Recycling (UK) Ltd., said, "Four years ago, we set out to build an environmentally sensitive, economically feasible waste tire fuel generating station. With the support of the tire industry, the government, the regional electricity companies and NIPSCO Industries, we have achieved our goal."
 Total cost of the plant is $85 million. Funding for the project was provided by NIPSCO Development, Barclay's Bank PLC and The Fuji Bank, Ltd.
 NIPSCO Development Company, Inc., a 95-percent shareholder in Elm Energy, is a subsidiary of NIPSCO Industries, Inc., an energy-based holding company. NIPSCO Industries' primary subsidiary is Northern Indiana Public Service Company, the largest natural gas and electric utility company in Indiana.
 Elm Energy & Recycling (UK) Ltd., was formed to develop, own and operate a waste-to-energy electricity generating station in Wolverhampton, England.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas J. Kallay of NIPSCO, 219-647-6203/
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