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DUPONT POSITION REITERATED

 WILMINGTON, Del., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal counsel representing DuPont (NYSE: DD) today reiterated the company's position that it would not honor administrative subpoenas issued last month by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford.
 John Boudet, appearing at The Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., told Crawford's General Counsel Richard Tritschler that DuPont has filed formal objections to subpoenas issued for Chairman Edgar S. Woolard Jr., Agricultural Products Vice President William F. Kirk, attorney Glen Baldwin and scientist Jay Julis.
 "DuPont scientists remain ready to discuss Benlate '91-'92 research data with the commissioner's scientists," Kirk said from company headquarters here. "But we must insist that the discussion occur in a scientific and professional forum. We question the need to subpoena Delaware-resident DuPont employees in light of the company's overwhelming desire to meet with the commissioner, an invitation we have made repeatedly since first offering to do so last November."
 Additionally, in a letter to Crawford, DuPont Chairman and CEO Woolard restated the company's desire to go forward with an appropriate scientific meeting.
 He said he was hopeful that the commissioner remains "interested in scientific investigation and not in a highly charged media event."
 The July 19 letter from Woolard to Crawford follows:
 I have reviewed the July 13 letter to our Florida counsel from Richard D. Tritschler of your staff. I have several comments that I thought should be directed to you.
 I want to first repeat DuPont's commitment to you. Our scientists are available to meet with yours to review the data that we have provided you from our 1991-1992 tests and to review any data and tests that your personnel have conducted about "Benlate." That professional exchange is the first step in any serious scientific inquiry. A second step may be to have your scientists and ours jointly design and conduct any further tests or experiments that they may believe necessary in the interest of scientific truth.
 I note that Mr. Tritschler's letter suggests that your department has different goals and a different approach in mind. Despite the tone of that letter, I am hopeful that you remain interested in scientific investigation and not in a highly charged media event. I have accordingly asked our Florida counsel to continue discussions with Mr. Tritschler to see if we can go forward with an appropriate scientific meeting.
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 /CONTACT: Pat Getter of DuPont, 302-992-6285/
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