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EPA HONORS ICI WITH STRATOSPHERIC OZONE PROTECTION AWARD

 EPA HONORS ICI WITH STRATOSPHERIC OZONE PROTECTION AWARD
 WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- ICI Chemicals and Polymers has won a 1992 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for the commercial introduction of KLEA(R) 32.
 The company is one of 10 international corporations to be accredited with the award, which according to the citation, is in recognition of exemplary efforts to protect the ozone layer. ICI was recognized for its development of KLEA 32, an HFC refrigerant proposed as a component in a number of blend products designed to replace HCFC-22 and R-502 (a CFC refrigerant mixture).
 KLEA 32 is the second in a family of fluorocarbon alternatives to CFCs and HCFCs being developed by ICI. When used in combination with the first product in the range, KLEA 134a, KLEA 32 will enable supermarkets, breweries, the meat, dairy food and refrigerated transport industries to replace the HCFCs or CFCs currently in use with a range of refrigerants that have zero ozone depletion potential. KLEA 32 based blends can also be used to substitute HCFCs in air conditioning systems.
 ICI announced the opening of the world's first plant to produce KLEA 32 in July 1992, and ICI's pioneering role in the market was noted by Jean Lupinacci of the EPA in her nomination citing ICI as "the first company to commercially introduce HFC-32 as a substitute for HCFC-22 in air conditioning systems."
 KLEA 134a is designed to replace CFCs in domestic refrigeration and car air conditioning. ICI was the first company to start up a plant to make commercial quantities of KLEA 134a in October 1990.
 KLEA 32 is currently made in a plant in Cheshire, England, but a significant proportion of the output is destined for North America. The company aims to have world-scale availability by the mid-1990s.
 "We are delighted and encouraged by this recognition of ICI's responsible attitude towards the phase-out of CFCs and HCFCs and its rapid response to changing customer needs," said Chris Hampson, the ICI director with responsibility for safety, health and environment.
 Tony Mash, ICI Americas' commercial director of fluorochemicals, will receive the award on behalf of the company at a dinner to be held in Washington this evening, to mark the first day of the 1992 International CFC and Halon Alternatives Conference.
 ICI Chemicals and Polymers is a business unit of ICI Americas Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of U.K.-based Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (ICI). In July, ICI announced a proposed demerger which will create two separate companies -- ICI PLC and ICI Bioscience. If accepted by the company's shareholders, ICI Chemicals and Polymers would remain a business unit of ICI PLC.
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