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IBM ROCHESTER RECEIVES U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY STRATOSPHERIC OZONE PROTECTION AWARD

 IBM ROCHESTER RECEIVES U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
 STRATOSPHERIC OZONE PROTECTION AWARD
 ROCHESTER, Minn., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today presented its 1992 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award to IBM's Rochester facility. The site was one of 29 organizations and individuals from nine nations receiving awards during the 1992 International CFC and Halon Alternatives Conference in Washington, D.C.
 Established in 1990, the award was created by the EPA to recognize exceptional leadership, dedication and technical achievements in eliminating use of ozone-depleting substances, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and methyl chloroform.
 In 1988, IBM Rochester used almost 1 million pounds of CFCs and more than 108,000 pounds of methyl chloroform in its manufacturing processes.
 By year-end 1991, the facility had eliminated the use of CFCs in its manufacturing activities, replacing them primarily with aqueous (water- based) cleaning processes. Methyl chloroform was also replaced with aqueous processes, with their last small use in manufacturing eliminated in July 1992.
 "We had pledged to eliminate the use of CFCs in our products and processes by year-end 1993 without sacrificing safety or quality," said Bob Unterberger, Application Business Systems director of worldwide manufacturing and IBM Rochester general manager. "It wasn't easy, but we met our goal. By eliminating CFC and methyl chloroform use, rather than just controlling their emissions, I believe we reached the root cause in our processes that contributed to ozone depletion.
 "But we're not stopping there," he continued. "IBM Rochester is requiring all our suppliers worldwide to provide us parts manufactured without the use of ozone-depleting chemicals. We have helped, and will continue to help them meet this goal. It is vital it be achieved to protect our global environment."
 IBM Endicott, New York, was also presented a Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award in recognition of its major reductions in use of ozone- depleting chemicals in its manufacturing processes.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Ulland of IBM, 507-253-4340/ CO: IBM, Environmental Protection Agency ST: Minnesota IN: CPR SU:


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