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FORD RECEIVES EPA'S OZONE PROTECTION AWARD

 FORD RECEIVES EPA'S OZONE PROTECTION AWARD
 DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company


(NYSE: F) will receive the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 1992 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for its Worldwide Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Phaseout Program.
 The award, to be presented tonight, recognizes the company's "exemplary efforts to protect the ozone layer" by phasing out the use of CFCs in its vehicles and worldwide manufacturing processes. Ninety percent of the CFCs will have been eliminated from Ford manufacturing processes worldwide by the end of this year, and by the end of 1993 all Ford manufacturing processes will be CFC free.
 Ford produced the first car in the United States with CFC-free air conditioning, the Ford Taurus, and equipped its dealers with the new HFC-134a recovery/recycling machines for servicing those vehicles. Previously, Ford had trained and equipped its dealers and company garages with CFC-12 recovery/recycling machines. Also, Ford encouraged its suppliers to adopt aggressive CFC elimination plans.
 "Ford Motor Company is receiving EPA's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award because they have made extraordinary efforts to eliminate chemicals that deplete the ozone layer," said Stephen Anderson, director of Technology Transfer, EPA Global Change Division. "They served on the industry/government committee that commercialized CFC recycling in automobile air conditioners; they were among the first companies in the world to require all their dealers to recycle CFCs during service; they developed and shared new technology to solder without CFCs; and they were among the first to introduce new cars with air conditioning that does not use CFCs."
 "We felt we could help make a significant contribution to the preservation of the environment by discontinuing the use of CFCs within Ford," said Helen O. Petrauskas, vice president - Environmental and Safety Engineering. "We will continue to work to find new ways to make our products and manufacturing processes more environmentally friendly."
 In addition to the company's award, Milton Lubraico, an engineering supervisor at Ford's Arbor Electronics Plant in Brazil, received an individual award from the EPA, for his leadership in what the Agency called "a successful (CFC elimination) model for electronics manufacturers throughout Latin America and around the world."
 Lubraico, who has worked for Ford since 1983 in various engineering capacities, led the Ford team in developing and implementing a program to eliminate the need for CFC-based cleaning solvents in the production of electronic entertainment and control products for Ford vehicles. By the end of this year, the Arbor plant will have completely eliminated CFC usage.
 "This EPA Award recognizes corporations, associations, and individuals for extraordinary efforts to protect the stratospheric ozone layer," said Eileen Claussen, director of the EPA Office of Atmospheric and Indoor Air Programs. "Award winners inspire all of us to help solve global environmental problems."
 The award ceremony is in Washington on the first day of the 1992 International CFC and Halon Alternatives Conference.
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 /CONTACT: Beryl Goldsweig of Ford, 313-337-2456/
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