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EPA/DUPONT STUDY SHOWS HOW TO CUT CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING WASTES 48 PERCENT; SAVE $15 MILLION

 NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A recently completed study, undertaken by DuPont's 76-year old Chambers Works plant in Deepwater, N.J., has shown that waste from 15 chemical processes can be cut almost in half, saving the company nearly $15 million a year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
 This study was carried out to encourage and pursue the reduction and elimination of hazardous waste. The purpose of the study was to: 1) identify methods for the reduction of hazardous waste at the facility; 2) evaluate and identify potentially useful refinements to EPA and DuPont's methods for analyzing and reducing pollution from chemical production activities and; 3) make the waste reduction technologies and methods available to other companies and universities.
 "The study is very extensive, and we couldn't be more pleased with the results," said William J. Muszynski, acting EPA Region 2 administrator. "DuPont's study supports EPA's thinking that waste minimization measures have both economic and environmental benefits. The study is publicly available so that the waste reduction technologies can be shared with other companies and other industries. I strongly encourage any companies that have not already explored pollution prevention and waste minimization to do so."
 DuPont (NYSE: DD) agreed to undertake the study as part of a February 22, 1991, Consent Decree with EPA. Fifteen major manufacturing processes at Chambers Works were selected for the detailed study. Each represented a significant environmental challenge for the site in terms of volume and toxicity of the hazardous waste generated. Half involved solvent reduction. Others included reductions in by-products and "tar" wastes. In one case, chemicals were packaged in reusable containers instead of 55-gallon drums that were decontaminated and discarded.
 To date, seven of the 15 solutions have been implemented, and wastes have been cut 73 percent in those cases. These seven represented the most significant opportunities for waste reduction and cost cutting. When the remaining eight solutions are implemented, waste should cut a total of 48 percent in all 15 areas. The total one-time capital cost for the 15 waste reduction cases will be $6 million, yet DuPont expects to save $15 million annually.
 "The tremendous result of this study demonstrates the value of partnership between industry and the government, said Paul Tebo, vice president, Safety, Health and the Environment, DuPont. "As we face a more competitive global market, we must work together to solve environmental challenges."
 DuPont Chambers Works is one of the largest chemical manufacturing facilities in the United States, producing more than 700 chemical products using 4,000 chemicals. Additionally, the site operates one of the world's largest hazardous wastewater treatment facilities, treating waste generated from both within and outside of the company.
 For more information about DuPont or specifics about DuPont's waste minimization study, contact Mary Kate McDonald at 302-774-4712.
 Copies of the study can be obtained by writing to the EPA Office of Research and Development Publications Office, Center for Environmental Research Information/ORD, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268-1072. Please refer to document No. 520-R-93-001.
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