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WHEELABRATOR AND THE NATURE CONSERVANCY DEVELOP PROGRAM TO PROTECT FLORIDA KEYS MARINE ENVIRONMENT

    WHEELABRATOR AND THE NATURE CONSERVANCY DEVELOP PROGRAM TO PROTECT
                     FLORIDA KEYS MARINE ENVIRONMENT
    HAMPTON, N.H., and ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Wheelabrator Environmental Systems Inc. and The Nature Conservancy announced today a three-year, $225,000 project in which Conservancy scientists will address problems of water quality and habitat protection in and around the Florida Keys tropical reef ecosystem.
    Wheelabrator will fund the newly created position of Director of Marine Resources, to be based in the Conservancy's Key West Office. Since 1987, the Conservancy's Florida Keys Initiative has preserved, at a cost in excess of $13 million, 2,400 acres of habitat vital to the imperiled Key deer and other species.
    In 1990, federal legislation designated 2,600 square nautical miles of reefs and waterways in the Keys as a marine sanctuary.  The Nature Conservancy's new program will assist the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in developing a management plan for this sanctuary.
    Wheelabrator's grant will enable the new director to identify crucial water quality issues that contribute to the declining health of living corals and other reef animals.  The director will develop and analyze state-of-the-art solutions to these issues.  The work will be presented to NOAA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation for integration into management plans for the new sanctuary.
    "We face great conservation challenges in the Keys and throughout Florida.  Wheelabrator's commitment to the work of The Nature Conservancy is a fine example of the innovative partnerships needed to meet these challenges," stated Nature Conservancy Chairman Richard S. Weinstein.  "We look forward to tackling these problems together."
    Wheelabrator Environmental Systems Inc. operates four municipal trash-to-energy facilities in Florida, including two new projects in Broward County.  Wheelabrator is the nation's leading designer, builder and operator of these systems, which safely convert municipal trash after recycling into clean electric power.  Wheelabrator also provides leading recycling, composting and sludge management technologies.
    Wheelabrator President John M. Kehoe, Jr., acknowledged The Nature Conservancy's valuable role in helping protect biodiverse environments across the country.  "The Conservancy has a unique ability to forge effective partnership across a broad range of concerned interests. This is the kind of science that makes a real difference to the environment.  We're delighted to work with the Conservancy in the Keys on a problem of such vital national concern."
    Wheelabrator is a unit of Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. (NYSE: WTI).  WTI is the nation's leading developer and operator of trash-to-energy and cogeneration facilities, offers clean air technologies, and provides a range of water and wastewater treatment facilities.
    The Nature Conservancy is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of ecologically significant lands and waters and the species they shelter.  The Nature Conservancy's Florida Chapter has 28,000 members and has protected more than 430,000 acres of sensitive land throughout the state since its inception in 1959.
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    /CONTACT:  Kevin Stickney of Wheelabrator Environmental Systems, 603-929-3354, or Mark Robertson, 305-296-3880 or Dana Kogut, 407-628-5887, or The Nature Conservancy/
    (WTI) CO:  Wheelabrator Environmental Systems, Inc.; The Nature Conservancy ST:  New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida IN: SU: SH-KM -- NE001 -- 2034 11/07/91 08:33 EST
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