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CHRYSLER WINS THIRD ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD FOR 1992

 CHRYSLER WINS THIRD ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD FOR 1992
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 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) received its third award for environmental stewardship -- the President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award. Chrysler is the first automotive company to be singled out for this award, and one of 13 to receive the Presidential Citation.
 The award is the second for pollution prevention innovation at the company's new Jefferson North Assembly Plant and the company's third environmental award since May.
 In May, Chrysler was a national winner of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator's Award for progress and innovation in pollution prevention design at the Jefferson North Plant.
 That award was followed in September by the EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, a worldwide award recognizing "exemplary" efforts to protect the ozone layer.
 Chrysler was presented the prestigious Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for the company's leadership in eliminating chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from the air conditioning (A/C) systems of nearly 50 percent of its 1993 model year vehicle production and from five assembly plants and operations.
 "These awards symbolize Chrysler's commitment to the environment," Peter Gilezan, director of the company's Environmental and Energy Affairs, 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."
 Gilezan said the three major awards are recognition of Chrysler's pollution prevention environmental stewardship and will set standards within industry for years to come.
 Chrysler's new Jefferson North Assembly Plant is built on 270 acres of reclaimed land in the heart of Detroit.
 The plant and the vehicle produced at the plant -- Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee -- were designed to be environmentally friendly. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are being phased out of Chrysler products and plants beginning with Jefferson North Assembly. 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 linings, cadmium-free fasteners and plastic components identified for ease of recycling.
 Other environmentally friendly features at Jefferson North 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 as well as overhead process piping that allows for visual inspection.
 -- 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.
 Discussing the Ozone Protection Award, Gilezan said the 1993 Grand Cherokee is the first full-scale production vehicle produced in the United States equipped with a CFC-free A/C system.
 Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager and Chrysler Town & Country, the industry-leading minivans, and the new 1993 Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision, Chrysler's acclaimed family of LH sedans, also have CFC-free A/C systems.
 Chrysler's plan to reduce the use of CFCs resulted in major changeovers at five assembly plants in three countries. The conversion of these assembly plants to CFC-free refrigerant HFC-134a use was completed within the past 12 months.
 CFC-blown foams, formerly used in seat cushions and air bag covers, have been eliminated from all Chrysler vehicles. Chrysler's integrated rear-position child seat, an industry first, is also made with CFC-free foam.
 The President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Awards were established by Executive Order in 1991. An independent selection committee of leaders in the academic, business, environmental and professional fields judged this year's 270 nominations.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Sechler, 313-252-8802, or Tom Houston, 313-956-2894, both of Chrysler Corporation/
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