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DOW EXTENDS METHYL CHLOROFORM PHASEOUT TO GLOBAL OPERATIONS

 DOW EXTENDS METHYL CHLOROFORM PHASEOUT TO GLOBAL OPERATIONS
 MIDLAND, Mich., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to increased concern over depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today that it will extend its accelerated phaseout of methyl chloroform (also called MCF or 1,1,1 trichloroethane) for emissive uses to include all Dow operations around the world.
 Under the plan, Dow will cease production and sale of MCF for emissive uses by Dec. 31, 1995, at all of its global operations. The announcement follows the recent call for an accelerated production phaseout of certain ozone-depleting substances by President George Bush in the United States and other national leaders around the world.
 "Dow's decision to include its global operations in the accelerated phaseout goes beyond the U.S. plan," said David T. Buzzelli, Dow's vice president and corporate director of Environment, Health and Safety. He added that the decision also responds to the company's ongoing dialogue with key stakeholders, including employees, customers and public interest groups.
 "We're committed to being a responsible corporate citizen, a reliable chemical supplier, and a constructive part of the public policy process," said Buzzelli. "In this case, that commitment led us to the conclusion that expediting our global phaseout of methyl chloroform is in the best interest of both the company and the environment."
 MCF is among a group of ozone-depleting substances targeted for phaseout under provisions of the Montreal Protocol, the U.S. Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and national regulations of other countries. Additional regulated substances include chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
 The initial Montreal Protocol phaseout schedule called for a halt to MCF production and use by 2005. Recent initiatives in the U.S. moved that deadline up to 1995 for all emissive uses of MCF except for a few applications which have been designated "essential." Essential uses of MCF include applications on medical devices and aviation metal fatigue testing where no effective substitutes are available.
 Part of Dow's response to the special considerations required for phasing out MCF has been the creation of Dow's Advanced Cleaning Systems business. This new business group was organized in the U.S. and Europe in 1990 to help meet the cleaning industry's growing needs in complying with environmental regulations.
 Dow continues to work with industry associations throughout the world whose objective is to promote safe and efficient use of MCF. A unique example has been the creation of the U.S.-based Center for Emissions Control, which will support MCF users with information and training to help enhance emissions control and safe handling.
 "Dow customers and distributors are relying on us to help them make this transition," said Harry W. Mohlmann, vice president of Chemicals and Metals in Dow's Corporate Product Department. "We are working hard to develop new environmentally sound products that can replace MCF and to provide customers with a means to better conserve and reduce emissions of MCF."
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