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GRACE SIGNS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) "GREEN LIGHTS" PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

 WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) today signed an agreement to formally become a full EPA Green Lights partner.
 EPA Green Lights is a voluntary program that encourages U.S. businesses to install energy-efficient lighting in their facilities over a five-year period. According to EPA Green Lights Program Director, Robert Kwartin, "Energy-efficient lighting upgrades effectively reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by limiting or postponing the need for new construction of electrical power-generating utilities burning fossil fuels."
 Kwartin added, "Early in the Green Lights program we developed specialized computer software to help prospective Green Lights partners survey their facilities on a room-by-room basis, and identify upgrades that would be both energy saving and financially attractive. During Grace's lighting evaluation of its Washington Research Center (WRC), Grace personnel went the extra mile by contributing refinements and additions to our Green Lights computer analysis software and testing the refinements in the field."
 Grace's WRC lighting retrofit program is scheduled for completion this month. The WRC program included upgrading 4,598 fixtures, 12,327 T-12 fluorescent lamps and 6,090 magnetic ballasts with the latest technology, energy-efficient, T-8 fluorescent fixtures, lamps and new electronic ballasts.
 According to Dr. Peter Boer, Grace executive vice president and chief technical officer, "We are pleased to be a full partner with the EPA in the Green Lights Program. Our participation reflects a continuing Grace commitment to environmental responsibility, and to supporting others' initiatives that achieve environmental goals in an economically sound manner."
 Green Lights lighting upgrade programs are well underway at more than seven Grace plant sites throughout the U.S. "To date, we have studied and made changes to more than 700,000 sq. ft. of our total 10 million sq. ft. of facilities in the U.S.," Boer noted. "The annualized kilowatt hours (kwh) saved through this completed work, approximately 3 million kwh, represents a significant positive environmental impact through the reduction of annual emissions equivalent to 17,000 lbs. of NOx, 39,000 lbs. of SO2 and more than 4.5 million lbs. of CO2."
 Grace is the world's largest specialty chemicals company with a leadership position in specialized health care.
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