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ELF ATOCHEM ENDORSES PRESIDENT BUSH'S CALL FOR MORE RAPID PHASE-OUT OF CFCS

 ELF ATOCHEM ENDORSES PRESIDENT BUSH'S CALL FOR
 MORE RAPID PHASE-OUT OF CFCS
 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Elf Atochem North America, Inc. announced today its unequivocal support for a more rapid phase-out of CFCs called for by President Bush and the Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy.
 Today both President Bush and The Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy in separate announcements called for an accelerated phase-out of CFCs by Dec. 31, 1995, and also asked that no CFCs be produced for or used in new equipment manufactured after that date.
 The president further requested U.S. producers to reduce their production to 50 percent of 1986 levels by the end of 1992. The Alliance additionally called for an accelerated phase-out of production and use of HCFCs 22, 141b, and 142b in new products and equipment by 2010.
 Seymour S. Preston III, president and CEO of Elf Atochem North America, said "Elf Atochem is in a position to replace CFCs within the time frame suggested by the President because we are already in production of a group of alternative refrigerants and foam blowing agents that are significantly less ozone depleting than CFCs."
 "We believe that ForaneR 141b and 142b (both HCFCs), and ForaneR 134a (an HFC), should be substituted for CFCs as rapidly as can be safely accomplished," said Preston. "Existing production facilities for these products and new plants to be commissioned mid-year make Elf Atochem the largest producer of CFC alternatives in the world."
 Forane 142b has already replaced millions of pounds of CFC 12 in polystyrene and polyethylene insulating foams. The product is 94 percent less damaging to the ozone layer than CFC 12.
 Forane 141b is a 10 to 15 percent more efficient blowing agent than CFC 11, and 90 percent less damaging to the ozone layer than CFC 11 in polyurethane foam applications. Forane 141b offers comparable pricing and properties to CFC 11, making it the CFC alternative of choice for the production of polyurethane insulating foams.
 Preston also emphasized that chlorine-free HFC 134a, with its zero ozone depletion potential, represents a long-term CFC replacement for refrigeration and air conditioning applications.
 Elf Atochem continues its extensive research program to commercialize other ozone sparing CFC replacements. Replacements under study include pure products as well as multiple product blends. These future products are targeted for the refrigeration, air conditioning, solvent and insulating foam industries.
 Application information is available from Elf Atochem North America, Inc., Fluorochemicals, Three Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa., 19102, or by calling 800-245-5858.
 Elf Atochem North America, Inc. (Formerly ATOCHEM North America, Inc.), a $1.5 billion diversified chemicals manufacturer headquartered in Philadelphia, is an affiliate of Elf Atochem S.A., a $10 billion chemicals manufacturer, which is part of the Elf Group (NYSE: ELF), headquartered in Paris.
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