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CITIZENS RESPOND TO OIL RECYCLING CAMPAIGN

 CITIZENS RESPOND TO OIL RECYCLING CAMPAIGN
 PHOENIX, Ariz., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,000,000 gallons


of used motor oil have been returned to Autoworks, Schuck's, Checker and Kragen stores in the last nine months, according to Northern Automotive Corporation, the nation's largest aftermarket retailer.
 Northern Automotive, the first automotive aftermarket company to initiate and implement a nationwide oil reclamation program, has been receiving used motor oil at 509 stores across the United States.
 Marc Graham, spokesperson for Northern Automotive, said, "Citizens throughout the region have been returning used motor oil in massive quantities. We are extremely pleased with the response to this critical environmental issue."
 The recycling program came about in response to the need for a proper oil disposal resource. The corporation, in conjunction with Valvoline Oil Company, has agreements with a number of U.S. refiners to transfer the used oil for reprocessing.
 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 180 million gallons of used motor oil are improperly disposed of by home mechanics every year. Sources estimate that the oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water -- enough fresh water for 50 people a year.
 Graham said the company, which provides reclamation locations in 21 states, will implement the program in at least eight more states this year. The program is one of the largest of its kind in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Marc Graham of Northern Automotive, 602-265-9200/ CO: Northern Automotive Corporation ST: Arizona IN: REA SU:


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