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CIBA REDUCES EMISSIONS BY HALF IN FIVE YEARS

 ARDSLEY, N.Y., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- During the past five years, Ciba-Geigy Corporation has decreased its emissions to the air, land and water by half through a broad range of pollution prevention steps.
 Ciba reduced its emissions by 50 percent from 1988 to 1992 -- from 11.1 million pounds to 5.7 million pounds per year at its U.S. manufacturing facilities.
 Ciba decreased its emissions by 30 percent in 1991 and by an additional 6 percent in 1992. The company will report its 1992 figures in June to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which compiles the annual report known as the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI resulted from the Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA).
 "Cutting emissions by half since 1988 is a major achievement, which demonstrates our commitment to improving environmental quality," said Senior Vice President Joseph T. Sullivan, Ciba's top environmental officer in the U.S. "Pollution prevention is part of our integrated vision of social, economic and environmental responsibilities."
 "Source reduction and pollution prevention are two top environmental priorities at Ciba," Sullivan added. "We will continue to decrease emissions even more through improved chemical manufacturing processes and new environmental technologies."
 A new law, the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, requires companies to report the amount of SARA chemicals which are sent for recycling, treatment or disposal off-site.
 In 1991 Ciba had 16.3 million pounds of by-products treated for reuse or disposal in outside facilities licensed by regulatory agencies. In addition, 3.8 million pounds of by-products were sent for off-site energy recovery. In 1992 significant reductions were achieved in those categories.
 "We have very sound systems for managing waste from our chemical processes," said Sullivan. "As a result, most of the wastes we generate are not released to the environment. They are recycled for reuse or for energy recovery. Whenever possible, we seek to avoid generating waste in the first place."
 For example, Ciba's major plant in McIntosh, Ala., has its waste sulfuric acid from a manufacturing process purified for reuse instead of disposing of it.
 Ciba also has surpassed the initial goal for emissions reduction identified in the U.S. EPA's "33/50" program, in which companies voluntarily agree to reduce emissions of 17 EPA-selected chemicals by 33 percent by 1992 and by 50 percent in 1995, compared to the 1988 base year level.
 Ciba was among the first companies to sign on to the "33/50" effort. The company has exceeded the EPA's 1992 milestone and is moving toward the target of reducing those chemicals by 50 percent by 1995.
 Sullivan also said preventing pollution is a key objective of Ciba's participation in Responsible Care. Responsible Care is the initiative of the Chemical Manufacturers Association which commits companies, such as Ciba, to make continuous improvements in all company operations that relate to health, safety and the environment.
 Ciba-Geigy Corporation, headquartered in Ardsley, is a leading developer and manufacturer of healthcare, agricultural and industrial products. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ciba Geigy Limited in Basel, Switzerland.
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 /CONTACT: Charles T. Keene of Ciba-Geigy Corporation, 914-479-2113/


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