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BETZ LABORATORIES ANNOUNCES MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL MILESTONE: COMPANY ENDS WORLDWIDE PRODUCTION OF ALL CHROMATE-BASED COOLING WATER PRODUCTS

 TREVOSE, Pa., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- William R. Cook, president and chief operating officer of Betz Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BTL), today announced the realization of a major corporate environmental goal: effective Jan. 1, 1993, the company had ceased the production and marketing of all chromate-based cooling water treatment products worldwide.
 "We believe our decision to totally eliminate chromates from our cooling product line is truly a significant environmental milestone, not just for Betz, but for our customers and the global environment in general," said Cook. "In implementing our corporate mission, we firmly commit ourselves to help preserve the environment and to maintain our dedication to the safe and prudent use of our chemicals in our treatment programs. Today's announcement provides tangible proof of our adherence to this corporate strategy and clearly demonstrates our ability to provide innovative chemical technology to address the environmental, health, and safety needs of our customers."
 While chromate-based products provide excellent corrosion protection of cooling system metallurgy, their performance benefits are overshadowed by potential exposure risks to employees, possible environmental liabilities, and ever-increasing disposal costs for waste rendered hazardous by chromate content. In 1990, the EPA banned the use of chromates in comfort (air conditioning) cooling towers and is expected to do the same with industrial cooling towers by early 1994. Increasingly complex regulations on allowable chromate levels in plant effluent and chromium as a hazardous air pollutant are helping spur large industrial water users to switch to non-chromate alternatives.
 Starting with the introduction of the Dianodic II(R) program in 1979, Betz took the leading role in developing advanced non-chromate treatment alternatives. This breakthrough phosphate-based technology revolutionized cooling water treatment and set the standard for non- chromate corrosion control. Now in its second decade of industry leadership, Dianodic II treatment was the first program to achieve optimum cooling system performance by simultaneously preventing corrosion and fouling without toxic heavy metals. Continuing Betz research efforts have resulted in the development of new chemical technology that further enhanced the performance of second and third generation Dianodic II programs. The Dianodic Continuum(R) program, for example, is the company's latest innovation which extends treatments into the alkaline pH range and, consequently, helps eliminate safety concerns associated with acid feed.
 "These substitutes are proof that preserving the environment and increasing plant productivity are not necessarily mutually exclusive goals," said Cook. "Betz is committed to providing a return on environment to its customers by continually developing proprietary treatments and value added services that provide explicit and implicit returns based on environmental issues. We've found that this objective meshes well with the two most important operating needs of our customers around the globe: profit improvement and the ability to meet numerous environmental, health and safety challenges."
 Betz Laboratories, Inc., an international company headquartered in Trevose, produces and markets a wide range of engineered programs and specialty chemical products for water, wastewater and process systems. The company's services are utilized in a variety of industrial and commercial applications, with particular emphasis on the chemical, petroleum refining, power, paper, automotive, coil and steel industries.
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