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ARCO INTRODUCES FIRST EMISSION-CONTROL GASOLINE INTO THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

 ARCO INTRODUCES FIRST EMISSION-CONTROL
 GASOLINE INTO THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY
 LAS VEGAS, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ARCO (NYSE: ARC) announced today it has replaced its leaded regular gasoline in the Las Vegas Valley with EC-1 Regular, an environmentally formulated gasoline that will significantly reduce air pollution from pre-1975 cars and pre- 1980 trucks.
 ARCO dealers will pay the same price to ARCO for the new fuel as they previously paid for leaded regular gasoline.
 "EC-1 Regular is one of the best smog control measures since the catalytic converter," said Edward G. Reilly, senior vice president of marketing for ARCO Products Co., the marketing and refining arm of ARCO. "This cleaner-burning gasoline has a unique formula that gives off significantly less carbon monoxide than conventional regular gasoline, making it suitable for year-round driving in the Las Vegas Valley. EC-1 Regular will help Las Vegas meet federal and state ambient air quality standards for carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, ozone, and particulate matter -- without any reduction in vehicular performance or engine modifications.
 "We're pleased we can bring this emission-control gasoline to the Las Vegas Valley to help safeguard the air quality of that rapidly growing region," said Reilly.
 EC-1 is a lead-free gasoline intended for use only in vehicles not equipped with catalytic converters. It has the same 88-octane rating as the gasoline it replaces and will be sold from distinctive new EC-1 dispensers with the same large nozzles currently used for leaded regular.
 If all cars and trucks in the Las Vegas Valley now using regular leaded gasoline were to switch to a cleaner-burning gasoline like EC-1 Regular, it would be equivalent to removing 20 percent of the pre-1975 cars and pre-1980 trucks from the road, Reilly said. Although these vehicles represent only a small percentage of the on- road fleet, they create a disproportionate share of air pollution.
 Among the distinctive features of EC-1 are:
 -- Olefins and aromatics, a group of chemical components that react in the presence of sunlight to form smog, have been lowered by one-third.
 -- All lead has been eliminated, while methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a high-octane component containing oxygen, has been added.
 -- Benzene has been reduced by about 50 percent.
 -- Sulfur content has also been reduced by up to 80 percent.
 -- The Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of summer-time EC-1 will be lowered by one pound per square inch (PSI) below the current standard to reduce evaporative emissions.
 -- Vehicles fueled with EC-1 also will emit less carbon monoxide than those fueled with conventional regular gasoline.
 EC-1 Regular was the first reformulated gasoline to be sold in the United States when it was introduced in Southern California in September 1989. A year later, in September 1990, ARCO introduced its 92-octane EC-Premium, the lowest polluting high-octane premium ever made for California, home of the strictest air quality controls in the nation.
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 /CONTACT: Annie Reutinger, 213-486-3181, or Albert Greenstein, 213-486-3384, both of ARCO/
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