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AMOCO OIL ANNOUNCES ALL OF ITS GASOLINES SOLD IN THE RICHMOND, VA., METROPOLITAN AREA MEET 1992 FEDERAL EMISSION STANDARDS

 AMOCO OIL ANNOUNCES ALL OF ITS GASOLINES SOLD IN THE


RICHMOND, VA., METROPOLITAN AREA MEET 1992 FEDERAL EMISSION STANDARDS
 RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Amoco Oil Company today announced that all of its gasolines sold in the Richmond metropolitan area, as well as in the Baltimore and Washington metros, meet 1992 federal emission standards for winter gasolines, one year before the Clean Air Act compliance deadline.
 Beginning Nov. 1, 1992, the Clean Air Act requires all gasoline sold during four winter months in 41 areas currently exceeding federal carbon monoxide limits to contain an average of 2.7 percent oxygen by weight. This mandate was established because adding oxygen to gasoline promotes more complete combustion, which reduces carbon monoxide emissions.
 According to Jim Boyajian, Amoco's general manager of marketing, the company is meeting the oxygenated fuel standards by blending its gasolines with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Boyajian said the blended gasolines contain 15 percent MTBE (by volume) to meet the oxygen requirement.
 "Amoco is the first major oil company to market three grades of gasoline containing enough MTBE to meet the oxygenated fuel standards," Boyajian said.
 Amoco's oxygenated gasolines will produce 23 percent fewer carbon monoxide emissions than gasolines containing no oxygenates, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's formula for calculating emissions, Boyajian also said.
 "This translates into an estimated 30,780 tons of carbon monoxide reductions attributable to Amoco's new products sold between today and the end of February. If all gasoline sold in the three areas met this oxygen standard, carbon monoxide emissions would drop by more than 150,000 tons for the four winter months."
 Adding MTBE will increase the current costs to Amoco for gasolines sold in these three markets by 4 cents per gallon, Boyajian said. "However, Amoco believes today's more environmentally conscious consumers will find the clean air benefits of the gasolines worth it."
 Today's achievement culminates a goal announced by the company last fall.
 "One year ago, we pledged that we would offer three reduced emissions gasolines in these markets well in advance of the 1992 winter driving season deadline. Today, after only one winter to test the substantial and necessary modifications to our refining and distribution system, we're delivering on that promise," Boyajian said.
 Amoco's oxygenated fuels are an integral part of the company's environmental initiative program, which also includes used motor oil recycling at 560 participating stations in six states plus the District of Columbia. One hundred forty-nine of these participating stations are located in the Richmond, Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, according to Boyajian.
 "Consumers really like Amoco's used motor oil program. They tell us that they feel good about handling a potential source of pollution responsibly. And they like the convenience of so many Amoco stations accepting used motor oil."
 Amoco Oil Company is the refining, marketing and transportation subsidiary of Amoco Corporation (NYSE: AN).
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 /CONTACT: Ted Bockius of Amoco Corporation, 301-625-7830/
 (AN) CO: Amoco Corporation ST: Virginia IN: OIL SU: PDT MP-LJ -- PH013 -- 0216 11/01/91 12:08 EST
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