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GENERAL DYNAMICS RECEIVES EPA AWARDS FOR INITIATIVES TO PROTECT OZONE LAYER

GENERAL DYNAMICS RECEIVES EPA AWARDS FOR INITIATIVES TO PROTECT OZONE LAYER
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized General Dynamics with four 1992 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards at the EPA's International Chloroflourocarbon (CFC) and Halon Alternatives Conference in Washington.
 The awards were made last night to General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) as a whole and to three employees at the company's Fort Worth, Texas, Division. As part of the corporate award, plaques were presented to the Fort Worth Division and to the Space Systems Division in San Diego.
 General Dynamics has been working toward a goal of "zero discharge" of hazardous substances since the mid-1980s. On a corporate-wide basis, ozone-depleting substance emissions were reduced by 34 percent between 1989 and December 1991.
 Projects at the Fort Worth and Space Systems divisions have been a major part of this success.
 "By the end of December 1992, General Dynamics will be the first company in the world to manufacture sophisticated military aircraft without the use of chemical solvents that destroy the ozone layer," said Stephen Andersen, director of technology transfer at the EPA's Global Change Division.
 "The breakthroughs in technology to eliminate these solvents from the production of the F-16 fighter were possible because of close cooperation among General Dynamics, the United States Air Force, the Texas Air Control Board and Region 6 of the EPA," Andersen said.
 The F-16 is produced at the Fort Worth Division, where water- based degreasing processes are being implemented and freon-based wipe solvents are being phased out in aircraft component cleaning operations. A freon-based general cleaner is being replaced with FMS-2004, a patent-pending substance developed by GD employees Henry Weltman and Tony Phillips, who received two of the EPA awards.
 Coincidentally, the implementation of FMS-2004 for cleaning operations began at the Fort Worth factory on Monday, Sept. 21, making the awards timely. Use of the new substance in conjunction with a vapor-proof bagging system for wipe disposal is expected to reduce ozone-layer depleting (CFC) emissions from government-owned, contractor-operated Air Force Plant 4 by about 70 percent during the next few weeks.
 "The Air Force is aggressively accelerating the phaseout of ozone-depleting chemicals. This award is well-deserved and I congratulate General Dynamics for their technical accomplishments and their leadership," said Gary D. Vest, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health.
 Maj. Gen. Charles Franklin, the Air Force's program executive officer for Tactical and Airlift Systems, including the F-16, commented on the company's implementation of FMS-2004: "This is a giant step forward, and more importantly, it was accomplished without substantially changing the manufacturing costs of the F-16."
 "General Dynamics' leadership in protecting the ozone layer should serve as an example to other corporations within the military industrial complex," said Maj. Tom Morehouse, chief of the Air Force's Pollution Prevention Division. "This is exactly the kind of teamwork we are striving to develop with our suppliers."
 Fort Worth Division employee Stephen P. Evanoff, manager of Environmental Resources Management (ERM), received the third EPA award to an individual for his role in various efforts including FMS- 2004 implementation, the development of water-based degreasing systems and a patent-pending degreasing fluid recycling technology. Evanoff has represented General Dynamics on several environmental boards and commissions, including the Technical Options Committee under the Montreal Protocol, and the Japan-Thailand-U.S. Trilateral Conference on Phasing Out Ozone-Depleting Solvents.
 General Dynamics' Space Systems Division was also recognized with the corporate-wide award. About 95 percent of Space Systems' use of ozone-depleting substances has been for the precision cleaning of parts for Atlas and Centaur space launch vehicles at the division's Kearny Mesa plant in San Diego. Since 1990, Space Systems has cut its use of 1,1,1-trichloroethane by 75 percent and has entirely eliminated CFCs from precision cleaning.
 To achieve these reductions, Space Systems introduced water-based cleaners and modified cleaning procedures to use less solvent while continuing to meet rigorous cleanliness standards. In 1993 Space Systems will complete the conversion from solvents to water-based cleaning to virtually eliminate the use of CFCs and 1,1,1- trichloroethane throughout the division, well ahead of all regulatory deadlines.
 John Hoffman, director of the EPA's Global Change Division, said: These award winners are the best of the best. They innovate, they persevere and they succeed in eliminating the chemicals that are destroying the Earth's ozone layer. The award winners are years ahead of regulatory mandates."
 The EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards recognize corporations, associations and individuals for extraordinary efforts to protect the Earth's ozone layer.
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