Major Watershed Improvement Act Introduced in Pennsylvania Senate

      Major Watershed Improvement Act Introduced in Pennsylvania Senate

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 5, 2013

NEW YORK, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc.
(OTC QB/BB: BNET) supports adoption of the Major Watershed Improvement Act,
Pennsylvania Senate Bill 994, introduced on June 4 by Senator Elder A. Vogel,
Jr., Chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Committee.

The legislation will enable all verified credit generators (public and
private; regulated and unregulated) to develop projects and sell verified
nutrient credits on a long term basis under a competitively-bid procurement
program. This statewide program will enable Pennsylvania to use these
verified nutrient reductions to initially meet their federal Chesapeake Bay
mandate. The recent Pennsylvania Legislative Budget & Finance Committee study,
A Cost Effective Alternative Approach to Meeting Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay
Nutrient Reduction Targets", projected such a program would reduce
Pennsylvania's nutrient compliance costs by up to 80% and provide
environmental and economic benefits to the local watersheds where the
improvements occur.

This legislation will enable the agricultural sector, primarily livestock
agriculture, to provide low cost solutions to Pennsylvania's
federally-mandated requirement to reduce nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay. The
Bay's (and the Nation's) greatest water quality problem today is excess
nutrients that severely degrade our freshwater resources as well as create
hypoxic zones (dead zones) in downstream estuary waters such as the Chesapeake
Bay and in the Gulf of Mexico. Bion has had discussions with other states in
the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins and believes that successful
adoption and implementation by Pennsylvania will be followed by many other
states that also need cost-effective solutions.

Public spending on clean water at the federal, state and local levels, mostly
driven by nutrient-removal costs, is increasing rapidly and reached $114B in
2010. Private sector agriculture, primarily the livestock sector, has long
been acknowledged to represent the low-cost solution to excess nutrients but
was prevented in the past from providing that solution by the lack of a
cost-effective technology.

Bion has demonstrated a cost-effective technology solution that generates
verified nutrient reductions from livestock waste treatment. Bion's technology
utilizes an approved sampling protocol and actual lab data in the same manner
and to the same standards as point sources such as municipal waste water
treatment plants. With the availability now of advanced technologies, the only
remaining barrier to engage these cost-effective private-sector solutions is
access to funding to implement them.

This legislation will address that final barrier by providing equal access to
public funding for both public and private mitigation projects through a
competitive bidding process, where solutions will be evaluated and funded
based on cost and the value of their local watershed benefits. Ed Schafer,
former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, head of the Coalition for an Affordable
Bay Solution (CABS) and Bion's Executive Vice Chairman, stated, "The farming
community has long awaited this important opportunity, which allows the
financing and installation of new technologies to reduce the amount of
nutrients flowing into our Nation's watersheds. The proposed legislation to
implement a competitive bidding process for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
is cutting-edge public policy and will lead to improved water management with
lower costs to the citizens."Bion is a founding member of CABS, along with
Kreider Farms, Fair Oaks Farms and JBS, SA.

Successful adoption of this legislation will give Bion and others the
opportunity to compete for public funding specifically allocated to address
excess nutrients. If such a program is implemented, Bion expects that the
policies and strategies being developed in Pennsylvania will not only benefit
the Company's existing and proposed Pennsylvania projects but will also form
the basis for an overall Chesapeake Bay watershed and national clean water
strategy.

Bion Environmental Technologies has provided environmental treatment solutions
to the agriculture and livestock industry since 1990. Bion's patented,
next-generation technology provides a unique comprehensive treatment of
livestock waste that achieves substantial reductions in nitrogen and
phosphorus, ammonia, greenhouse and other gases, as well as pathogens,
hormones, herbicides and pesticides in the waste stream. Bion's process
simultaneously recovers cellulosic biomass from the waste stream that can be
used to produce renewable energy. Bion's technology enables the reduction of
nutrients and other pollutants from existing livestock operations, as well as
the ability to develop new, state-of-the-art livestock facilities in strategic
locations with minimal environmental impacts and substantially improved
resource and operational efficiencies.

In August 2012, Bion's system at Kreider Dairy, a 2,000 cow dairy facility in
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was issued a full and final water quality
permit and its nitrogen reduction verification plan was approved by the PA
Department of Environmental Protection. Verified nitrogen reductions from
Bion's treatment of dairy and other livestock waste can be achieved at a
fraction of the cost of traditional solutions that remove nitrogen at
downstream 'point sources' such as municipal waste water treatment plants,
power plants and other industrial facilities, and the treatment of storm water
runoff. For more information, see Bion's websites, www.biontech.com and
www.bionpa.com.

This material includes forward-looking statements based on management's
current reasonable business expectations. In this document, the words
'expect', 'will', 'proposed' and similar expressions identify certain
forward-looking statements. These statements are made in reliance on the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, Section 27A of the Securities act of
1933, as amended. There are numerous risks and uncertainties that could result
in actual results differing materially from expected outcomes.

SOURCE Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc.

Website: http://www.biontech.com/
Contact: Craig Scott, Vice President-Capital Markets, 303-843-6191 direct
 
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