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ARISTECH CHEMICAL CONFIRMS APPROVAL OF CONSENT ORDER

 ARISTECH CHEMICAL CONFIRMS APPROVAL OF CONSENT ORDER
 PITTSBURGH, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Aristech Chemical Corporation (NYSE: ARS) confirmed today the approval of a consent order between the State of Ohio and Aristech in which the company has agreed to a precedent-setting pollution prevention plan that should serve as a progressive model for such agreements in the future.
 The consent order involves a commitment by Aristech to ongoing reductions in releases to the air, water and land and in the generation of wastes at its Haverhill, Ohio, facility. Under the consent order, the company agrees to give preference first to source reduction, second to recycling or reuse and third to treatment of wastes.
 "Aristech, as an active participant in the Chemical Manufacturers Association's Responsible Care(R) initiative, has been committed to pollution prevention and waste minimization for quite some time," said C.R. Anderson, president and chief operating officer. "For example, the Haverhill plant has reduced its reportable emissions by almost 58 percent since 1987, and has additional substantial reductions planned for 1992. This order simply reinforces the company's commitments in this regard."
 Anderson added that this consent order also is consistent with Aristech's voluntary participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "33/50" program. Under this initiative, the company has pledged to cut by 33 percent and 50 percent its total emissions of certain compounds by 1993 and 1996 respectively, using 1988 as the baseline year.
 Some of the waste reductions included in the consent order will be achieved in connection with the company's ongoing project to complete, by May 1, 1996, surface treatment facilities for the plant's wastewater. Currently most of the plant's wastewater is injected thousands of feet below the earth's surface into deep wells. The transition to surface treatment, which was announced in July 1991, incorporates numerous source reduction, recycling and reuse features.
 Under the consent order, Aristech has pledged to implement both the pollution prevention plan and transition to surface treatment on a specified schedule.
 Aristech views the settlement as a "creative resolution" of the issues raised by the state's enforcement action, which resolves long-standing claims of alleged past technical permit violations.
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 /CONTACT: D.G. Higie of Aristech Chemical, 412-433-7828/
 (ARS) CO: Aristech Chemical Corporation ST: Ohio IN: CHM SU:


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