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AIR PRODUCTS' AMERICAN REF-FUEL JOINT VENTURE PURCHASES ENERGY-FROM-WASTE PLANT FROM OCCIDENTAL CHEMICAL CORPORATION

 ALLENTOWN, Pa., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- American Ref-Fuel Company -- a joint venture between Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD) and Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc. (NYSE: BFI) -- has announced the completion of the purchase of Occidental Chemical Corporation's energy- from-waste facility at Niagara Falls, N.Y., by American Ref-Fuel Company of Niagara, L.P.
 It will be American Ref-Fuel's fourth energy-from-waste plant, and represents approximately a 30 percent increase in American Ref-Fuel's energy-from-waste capacity.
 The Niagara Falls facility has been in operation for approximately 12 years and processes about 600,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year. It produces enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 20,000 area homes and supplies steam to Occidental's adjacent petrochemical operations. There are three other American Ref-Fuel energy-from-waste facilities located in Hempstead, Long Island; Newark, N.J.; and Preston, Conn.
 American Ref-Fuel is part of Air Products' environmental and energy systems business which also includes cogeneration, advanced flue gas treatment, landfill gas recovery, and sludge disposal. Air Products and its partners have invested approximately $1.5 billion in eight energy- from-waste, cogeneration, and flue gas treatment projects that have been completed or are in construction.
 Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is a major international supplier of industrial gases and related equipment, intermediate and specialty chemicals, and environmental and energy systems. The company has annual sales in excess of $3 billion, operations in 29 countries and 14,500 employees. Corporate headquarters are near Allentown.
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 /CONTACT: Greta Campbell of Air Products and Chemicals, 215-481-4986/
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CO: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc.;
 Occidental Chemical Corporation; American Ref-Fuel Company ST: New York, Pennsylvania IN: CHM SU:


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