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AMOCO OIL COMPANY ANNOUNCES ALL OF ITS GASOLINES SOLD IN THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA MEET 1992 FEDERAL EMISSION STANDARDS

AMOCO OIL COMPANY ANNOUNCES ALL OF ITS GASOLINES SOLD IN THE WASHINGTON
 METROPOLITAN AREA MEET 1992 FEDERAL EMISSION STANDARDS
 ANNANDALE, Va., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Amoco Oil Company today announced that all of its gasolines sold in northern Virginia and the Richmond metropolitan area, as well as in the Washington and Baltimore metros, meet 1992 federal emission standards for winter gasolines one year before the Clean Air Act compliance deadline.
 Amoco also announced that it has just completed the first Fairfax County installation of the company's proprietary gasoline vapor recovery system. The Amoco V-1 system returns gasoline vapors from a car's fill pipe to the service station storage tank, preventing the vapors from escaping into the atmosphere.
 The gasolines and vapor recovery system are part of Amoco's service station environmental program for the 1990s.
 Beginning Nov. 1, 1992, the Clean Air Act requires all gasoline sold during four winter months in 41 areas currently exceeding federal carbon monoxide limits to contain an average of 2.7 percent oxygen by weight. This mandate was established because adding oxygen to gasoline promotes more complete combustion, which reduces carbon monoxide emissions.
 According to George F. Shackelford, Amoco's manager of marketing and customer communications, the company is meeting the oxygenated fuel standards by blending its gasolines with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Shackelford said the blended gasolines contain 15 percent MTBE (by volume) to meet the oxygen requirement.
 "Amoco is the first major oil company to market three grades of gasoline containing enough MTBE to meet the oxygenated fuel standards," Shackelford said.
 Amoco's oxygenated gasolines will produce 23 percent fewer carbon monoxide emissions than gasolines containing no oxygenates, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's formula for calculating emission, Shackelford also said.
 "This translates into an estimated 30,780 tons of carbon monoxide reductions attributable to Amoco's new products sold between today and the end of February. If all gasoline sold in the three areas met this oxygen standard, carbon monoxide emissions would drop by more than 150,000 tons for the four winter months."
 Adding MTBE will increase the current costs to Amoco for gasolines sold in these three markets by 4 cents per gallon, Shackelford said. "However, Amoco believes today's more environmentally conscious consumers will find the clean air benefits of the gasolines worth it."
 Today's achievement culminates a goal announced by the company last fall.
 "One year ago, we pledged that we would offer three reduced emissions gasolines in these markets well in advance of the 1992 winter driving season deadline. Today, after only one winter to test the substantial and necessary modifications to our refining and distribution system, we're delivering on that promise," Shackelford said.
 Amoco's oxygenated fuels are an integral part of the company's environmental initiative program, which also includes the vapor recovery system and used motor oil recycling, according to Shackelford.
 Shackelford said the company will follow today's introduction of the Amoco V-1 nozzle system in Fairfax County with installations at additional stations located in northern Virginia.
 Amoco currently has 60 stations in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas equipped with the Amoco V-1 nozzle system.
 "The Amoco V-1 system combines the environmental benefits of a vapor recovery nozzle with the easy operation of the almost identically shaped and sized conventional nozzle," said Shackelford.
 Amoco's used motor oil recycling program is also environmentally and customer friendly, according to Shackelford.
 "Consumers really like Amoco's used motor oil program. They tell us that they feel good about handling a potential source of pollution responsibly. And they like the convenience of so many Amoco stations accepting used motor oil."
 A total of 560 Amoco stations participate in the used motor oil program in six states plus the District of Columbia, and 149 of these participating stations are located in the Washington, Baltimore and Richmond metropolitan areas.
 Amoco Oil Company is the refining, marketing and transportation subsidiary of Amoco Corporation (NYSE: AN).
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 /CONTACT: Ted Bockius of Amoco Corporation, 301-625-7830, or 410-625-7830/
 (AN) CO: Amoco Corporation ST: Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia IN: OIL SU: PDT MP-LJ -- PH018 -- 0224 11/01/91 12:22 EST
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