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ASHLAND OIL MEETS VOLUNTARY EMISSIONS REDUCTION GOAL ONE YEAR EARLY

 ASHLAND OIL MEETS VOLUNTARY EMISSIONS REDUCTION GOAL ONE YEAR EARLY
 ASHLAND, Ky., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashland Oil, Inc. (NYSE :ASH) has notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the company has more than met its first goal to voluntarily reduce chemical emissions from its operations - and has done so one year before the company's commitment, it was announced today.
 According to Paul W. Chellgren, Ashland Oil president and chief operating officer, the company has reduced certain chemical emissions from its operations by 37 percent between 1988 and 1991. Ashland Oil was one of the first oil companies to agree to participate in the EPA's Industrial Toxics Project (ITP), which established voluntary goals to reduce 17 targeted chemicals from industrial facilities by one-third by 1992 and one-half by 1995.
 "We are proud to reach the first phase of this voluntary program early, and we are well on our way toward reaching our 1995 goal in advance of the deadline," Chellgren said. "Our employees deserve the credit for this success. They have identified and implemented programs that are allowing the company to exceed these emissions reduction goals without compromising product quality or operational efficiency."
 Ashland is participating in the ITP program through two of its operating companies, Ashland Petroleum Company and Ashland Chemical, Inc. The two companies have reduced emissions of toluene, xylene, 1,1,1-tricholorethane, dichloromethane, methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, benzene, carbon tetrachloride, nickel, chromium and lead from 1,373,355 pounds in 1988 to 846,675 pounds in 1991, according to Robert H. Compton, Ashland Oil administrative vice president of environmental affairs. Ashland is targeting additional reductions of these chemical emissions, even though the company's facilities are and have been in compliance with current pollution control regulations involving the emissions.
 According to Compton, Ashland Chemical is primarily reducing its emissions through material substitution and process modification. Ashland Petroleum's initiatives include improving inspection and maintenance of operations to reduce fugitive emissions, installing storage tank vapor controls and eliminating the use of chromium and lead.
 "To meet our goals, our employees have identified and implemented a wide range of pollution prevention programs, ranging from simply modifying process cleaning operations to installing state-of-the-art pollution control equipment," Compton said. "We expect that $15 million to $20 million will be spent by Ashland to achieve our emissions reduction goals. However, we believe it is a cost-effective alternative to pollution treatment."
 Ashland Oil, Inc. is a diversified energy company with operations in petroleum refining, transportation and marketing; retail gasoline marketing; motor oil and lubricants marketing; chemicals; oil and gas exploration and production; highway construction; and coal.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Dalesio of Ashland Oil, Inc., 606-329-3445/
 (ASH) CO: Ashland Oil, Inc. ST: Kentucky IN: OIL SU:


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