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CHRYSLER CORPORATION WINS EPA NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

 CHRYSLER CORPORATION WINS EPA NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) is a national winner of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator's Award for progress and innovation in pollution prevention design at its new Jefferson North Assembly Plant.
 The announcement was made by EPA Administrator William K. Reilly during Earth Day celebrations in Washington, D.C. Chrysler's win in the large business category is the first for an automotive company. Its entry was one of 35 finalists out of 840 total entries in the second annual awards competition.
 Chrysler was invited to participate in the awards program, which recognizes excellence in efforts to work toward a cleaner environment.
 "Jefferson North is a showcase of the pollution prevention work being accomplished throughout Chrysler Corporation," said Peter Gilezan, director of the company's Environmental and Energy Affairs. "The technology used at Jefferson North is an example of the efforts at Chrysler's other facilities."
 EPA regional judges reviewed the pollution prevention technologies and innovations in the Jefferson North facility and its product, the Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee, before issuing the nomination. The EPA's Region 5 office received 135 submissions in the large business category, which was 40 percent of the entries.
 The projects nominated from the 10 EPA regions were reviewed in Washington by a panel of non-EPA judges. Winners in each of the competition categories were selected by EPA Administrator Reilly.
 The EPA awards program, according to EPA, is designed to offer recognition for pollution prevention achievements and to encourage others to follow the winners' lead.
 The new Jefferson North Assembly Plant is built on recycled land. Chrysler reclaimed 270 acres of land in the heart of Detroit. It was land with limited use for any other purpose.
 The plant and the vehicle 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.
 -- An on-site water treatment plant to handle 1 million gallons of water per day, discharging water to municipal sewers that meets or exceeds government regulations.
 -- Recycling and reusing solvents needed to clean paint lines and equipment.
 Gilezan said the work at Jefferson North demonstrates an evolution in Chrysler's approach to environmental protection, and recognizes pollution prevention as the cornerstone to industrial competitiveness.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Sechler or Tom Houston of Chrysler, 313-956-2894; or Priscilla Flattery, 202-260-1023, or Carol Singer, 202-260-4454, both of the Environmental Protection Agency/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation; Environmental Protection Agency ST: Michigan, District of Columbia IN: AUT SU:


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