Earthworks Inc.

EPA response on Cortina SSFR's received

Earthworks Industries Inc. reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided its detailed technical evaluation and analysis of the original site-specific flexibility requests (SSFR’s) for the Company’s Cortina integrated waste management facility in California. While the EPA had earlier this year released its report confirming seismic design, comments upon the other outstanding SSFR’s had not been provided. There were technical, legal and process questions which had to be resolved before the EPA could provide them and the process therefore took longer than it anticipated.

The Company will now forward the EPA response to its consulting engineers, SCS Engineers, so that they can initiate and assemble a complete package consistent with EPA’s comments for submission on behalf of the Company and final approval.

Completion of the SSFR’s is a key step in the federal process and is a priority prior to completing the remaining items such as Air/Water permits, which had been advanced as far as possible until this latest EPA action, which now permits the process to continue.