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ELF ATOCHEM CONTINUES TO SUPPORT A MORE RAPID PHASE-OUT OF CFCs

 ELF ATOCHEM CONTINUES TO SUPPORT A MORE RAPID PHASE-OUT OF CFCs
 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Elf Atochem North America today reaffirmed its support for a more rapid phaseout of CFCs.
 "In light of the preliminary results from the NASA-led aircraft study of the upper atmosphere over the Arctic and northern mid-latitudes released yesterday, Elf Atochem North America continues to support the UNEP Scientific Assessment call for an accelerated phase-out of regulated chlorine and bromine compounds on a worldwide scale," said Jerry Dziedzic, Elf Atochem North America's general manager of Fluorochemicals.
 Elf Atochem supported the Airborne Arctic Stratospheric Expedition (AASE II) through its membership in the Alternate Fluorocarbon Environmental Acceptability Study (AFEAS).
 "We believe that HCFCs, which are significantly less ozone depleting than CFCs, should be substituted for CFCs as rapidly as can safely be accomplished," Dziedzic said.
 "Elf Atochem is the largest producer of CFC alternatives in the world, with full-scale production of Forane(R) 141b and 142b, which are both HCFCs, and Forane 22, also an HCFC. Forane 134a, a chlorine-free HFC, is currently available and additional capacity for this alternative will be started up later this year," Dziedzic said.
 In addition, Elf Atochem continues its extensive research program to commercialize other ozone-sparing CFC replacements. Replacements under study include pure products, as well as multiple product, high- efficiency blends targeted for the refrigeration, air conditioning, solvent and insulating foam industries.
 Additional information is available from Fluorochemicals, Elf Atochem North America, Inc., Three Parkway, Philadelphia, 19102, 800-245-5858.
 Elf Atochem North America, Inc., (formerly ATOCHEM North America, Inc.,), a $1.5 billion diversified chemicals manufacturer headquartered in Philadelphia, is an affiliate of Elf Atochem S.A., a $10 billion chemicals manufacturer, which is part of the Elf Group (NYSE: ELF) headquartered in Paris.
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 /CONTACT: Sue S. Brown of Elf Atochem North America, 215-587-7613/
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