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AMOCO EXECUTIVE RECOMMENDS ALTERNATIVE TO COMMAND-AND-CONTROL REGULATORY APPROACH

 DENVER, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- An Amoco Oil Company executive today proposed an innovative, science-based approach to environmental regulation that could achieve greater environmental results more cost- effectively.
 Allen A. Kozinski, vice president, Technology and Engineering, told attendees at the American Chemical Society symposium that such an approach would result in better environmental controls at manufacturing facilities -- and at less cost than the current regulatory approach.
 "This alternative management process would be site-specific, with each company developing its own strategies and technical approaches for each of its facilities -- while still meeting existing regulatory requirements within realistic time frames," Kozinski said.
 "This would encourage innovation and achieve better environmental results more cost-effectively, without the current restrictions that specify one particular technology at all plants or refineries."
 Amoco developed the concept for the alternative approach after seeing results from a pollution prevention study it conducted with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the company's Yorktown, Va., refinery. The cooperative study showed that the refinery will spend $54 million over the next four years to meet current environmental goals, but could accomplish the same objectives for only $10 million -- one- fifth the cost -- if the refinery was allowed to implement alternative environmental methods. Current regulations don't permit use of these alternative approaches.
 "Clearly, the best course is for government to set standards that have meaningful health and environmental benefits, and let industry find the lowest-cost solutions," Kozinski said.
 Other suggested features of the alternative approach, according to Kozinski:
 -- To ensure compliance with such an alternative approach and with the performance standards set by the regulations, an internal and external monitoring process should be established.
 -- Though the state or federal regulatory agency could continue to perform technical reviews of facility operations, its primary focus would be on making sure that the facility is following its alternative compliance plan and meeting its environmental objectives.
 -- The optional compliance approach could also be a facility-wide process that addresses air, water, and solid-waste requirements simultaneously, so that a facility no longer gets caught between conflicting regulations issued by different regulatory agencies.
 -- Companies and facilities would be required to demonstrate that they have the capability and commitment to carry out such an alternative approach. They would then submit site-specific facility-assessment reports and compliance strategies to the appropriate government agency.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Mueller, 312-856-5388 or Greg Clock, 312-856-5481, both of Amoco Corporation Chicago/
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