Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Perma-Fix Commences Treatment of Characteristic Hazardous Waste Utilizing New Treatment Unit at its South Georgia Facility

/PRNewswire/ -- Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:PESI) announced today that it has completed construction and permitting activities related to installation of its proprietary treatment process for characteristic hazardous wastes at its South Georgia facility. Characteristic hazardous wastes are defined as wastes that exhibit one or more of the following characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. The new system designed around the Perma-Fix I process eliminates the hazardous components within the waste using a chemical treatment process. The resulting materials meet all federal and state standards for non-hazardous materials, reducing the costs and risks normally associated with characteristic hazardous waste.

Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our Perma-Fix I process has been used successfully throughout the Company for over 15 years. Installing this process at our South Georgia facility provides companies in the Southeast a lower-cost, as well as a "green" and RCRA compliant solution to many of their hazardous waste problems. Treatment to eliminate hazardous constituents within the waste stream means fewer hazards going into the ground, as would be the case for companies sending these wastes to either a hazardous waste landfill or a hazardous deepwell. Further, because this new treatment process at the South Georgia facility is centrally located within the Southeast, it provides regional customers with a local solution that reduces transportation and disposal costs."

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