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CHRYSLER CORPORATION ACCEPTS EPA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

 CHRYSLER CORPORATION ACCEPTS EPA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation


(NYSE: C) Vice President Ronald R. Boltz accepted today a national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator's Award for progress and innovation in pollution prevention design at Chrysler's new Jefferson North Assembly Plant.
 Boltz, vice president - Product Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, accepted the plaque from EPA Administrator William K. Reilly in ceremonies in Washington, D.C. Recognition of Chrysler's efforts in the large business category is the first for an automotive company. It was one of 35 finalists out of 840 total entries in the second annual awards competition.
 "The new Jefferson North Assembly Plant is a showcase of pollution prevention approaches at Chrysler. It is a culmination of our past efforts of implementing pollution prevention and the incorporation of new initiatives," Boltz said in accepting the award for the company and its employees.
 Boltz said the Jefferson North accomplishment is the focal point for Chrysler's basic strategy of preventing pollution rather than merely controlling it after it is created. "Our success at Jefferson North serves as a template for technology transfer throughout the corporation," Boltz continued.
 "EPA's recognition of Chrysler pollution prevention efforts will serve as a model of environmental stewardship and set standards within industry for years to come," Boltz said.
 The EPA awards program is designed to offer recognition for pollution prevention achievements and to encourage others to follow the winners' lead.
 Chrysler first entered regional screening where EPA judges reviewed the pollution prevention technologies and innovations in the Jefferson North facility and its product, the Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee, before nominating the effort for national review. The projects nominated from the 10 EPA regions were reviewed in Washington, D.C., by a panel of non-EPA judges. Winners in each of the competition categories were selected by EPA Administrator Reilly.
 Reilly announced Chrysler was the winner in the big business category during Earth Day celebrations in Washington, D.C.
 Jefferson North and Grand Cherokee were designed to be environmentally friendly. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are being phased out of Chrysler products and plants beginning at Jefferson Assembly North. Chrysler uses non-CFC refrigerant in Grand Cherokee. Grand Cherokee is rolling off the assembly line not only with non-CFC air- conditioning refrigerants, but with asbestos-free brake linings, cadmium-free fasteners and plastic components identified for ease of recycling.
 Other features include:
 -- Three systems to reduce release of volatile organic compounds.
 -- Elimination of more than 50,000 tons of scrap yearly by using returnable containers.
 -- Above-ground storage tanks for gasoline, oil and solvents to prevent contamination of underground water supplies.
 -- Installation of secondary containment incorporating leak detection capability for all underground equipment. This design is a first in the automotive industry.
 -- Recycling and reusing solvents needed to clean paint lines and equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Sechler or Tom Houston of Chrysler, 313-956-2894/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation; Environmental Protection Agency ST: Michigan, District of Columbia IN: AUT SU:


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