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CHEMICAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL OF NEW JERSEY RELEASES EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS REPORT

 CHEMICAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL OF NEW JERSEY
 RELEASES EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS REPORT
 TRENTON, N.J., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemical Industry Council of New Jersey (CIC/NJ) today announced that its 105-member companies have reduced emissions of hazardous substances by 38 percent from 1987 to 1990, according to official Toxic Releases Inventory (TRI) emissions data filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (NJDEPE).
 "This achievement proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the chemical process industry is committed to reducing emissions and improving the quality of the environment," said John Doherty, vice chairman of the CIC/NJ and vice president of the Bridgewater-based National Starch and Chemical, at a CIC/NJ press conference held here at the State House.
 Specifically, CIC/NJ member companies reduced emissions or releases to air by 40 percent; to surface water by 73 percent; and to offsite facilities for treatment, recycling and disposal by 67 percent, according to a report issued today by the CIC/NJ.
 Calculated by actual weight, in 1987 CIC/NJ member companies released 93.6 million pounds of hazardous substances, while in 1990, CIC/NJ member companies released a total of 57.4 million pounds of hazardous substances, reflecting a 38 percent decrease in emissions.
 However, releases to secure land emplacement facilities increased by 134 percent, primarily as a result of member companies' clean-up activities of contaminated sites. In addition, transfers to Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) for proper treatment and disposal increased by 3 percent.
 "We are also pleased that the majority of the reductions achieved by member companies resulted from voluntary pollution prevention activities at individual New Jersey facilities," Doherty said.
 These activities, according to the report, included waste minimization programs, process modifications, and the installation of state-of-the-art pollution control devices.
 More importantly, Doherty noted, chemical process industry output rose by more than 10 percent during the same period indicating that despite increased production, overall emissions still declined.
 "Many of our member companies have set aggressive emissions reductions goals based on the reporting requirements of the 1986 Federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act," Doherty added. "These individual initiatives have contributed greatly to the reductions we've seen so far, proving that voluntary programs by the chemical industry can and do work."
 In addition, most member companies have adopted the national Responsible Care(TM) program, as well as other voluntary efforts, such as the USEPA's 33/50 program.
 The Chemical Manufacturers Association's Responsible Care program is a broad effort to improve the overall performance of the chemical and allied products industry through self-directed, volunteer initiatives in health, safety and the environment.
 The USEPA's 33/50 program is a two-step voluntary emissions reduction initiative which will target 17 of the most hazardous chemicals on the TRI. The first phase will ask those industrial users and producers to cut their emissions by one-third, followed by 50 percent reduction in the second phase.
 "As you can see," Doherty said, "we remain committed to reducing emissions and we will continue to share this information with the people of New Jersey. We plan to continue to publish reports on our progress in the coming years."
 The CIC/NJ represents 105 member companies in the chemical and allied products industry. New Jersey's chemical process industry employs 119,000 people and contributes a payroll of $4.9 billion. The chemical process industry in New Jersey is responsible for $20.3 billion in shipments.
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