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AMOCO OIL PRESIDENT URGES DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT APPROACH

 AMOCO OIL PRESIDENT URGES DEVELOPMENT OF
 ALTERNATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT APPROACH
 /ADVANCE/ CHICAGO, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of Amoco Oil Company today urged development of a program that would achieve greater environmental benefits more cost-effectively.
 Speaking before a group of students at Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg graduate school of management, W. Douglas Ford said the optional alternative management approach would result in better environmental controls at manufacturing facilities -- and at less cost than the current regulatory approach.
 "This alternative management process would be site specific, with each company developing its own strategies and technical approaches for each of its facilities -- while still meeting existing regulatory requirements within realistic time frames," Ford said. "We think this would encourage creative problem-solving and achieve better environmental results more cost-effectively -- without the current restrictions that specify one particular technology at every facility."
 Amoco developed the concept for the alternative approach after seeing results from a pollution prevention study it conducted with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the company's Yorktown, Va., refinery. The cooperative study showed that the refinery will spend $54 million over the next four years to meet current environmental goals, but could accomplish the same objectives for only $10 million -- one- fifth the cost -- if the refinery was allowed to implement alternative environmental methods. Current regulations don't permit use of these alternative approaches.
 "In large part, our primary concern about our environmental investments is that legislative and regulatory processes don't always produce results that are scientifically sound -- or that really achieve the desired goals," he said.
 For this reason, Amoco undertook the joint pollution prevention study with EPA and is now proposing the alternative environmental management program.
 "If we are successful in applying the lessons of Yorktown, we should be able to reduce the regulatory costs that have been having an increasingly destructive effect not only on the refining and marketing business, but also on all U.S. manufacturing," he said.
 "Clearly, the best course is for government to set standards that have meaningful health and environmental benefits, and let industry find the lowest-cost solutions."
 In other comments, Ford noted that Amoco will spend in excess of $2 billion to comply with environmental requirements in the 1990s and pointed out that more cost-effective ways exist to achieve emission- reduction goals. For example, implementing or improving vehicle inspection and maintenance programs. Ford said EPA data shows huge benefits could be obtained by getting newer cars with catalytic converters to operate as they were designed to operate.
 "To me, this is simple logic. If we want to reduce auto emissions, it makes much more sense to fix or eliminate the cars that actually cause the problem, rather than change the fuel required for all vehicles," Ford said.
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