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INTERESTED IN A CHRYSLER BRICK?

 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Want to buy Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) bricks?
 Chrysler is not ready to open a new line of building material outlets, but the company has discovered an environmentally friendly and safe way to turn contaminated soil into a useful product -- bricks.
 Working with a North Carolina firm -- Cherokee Sanford Group, Inc., the sixth-largest manufacturer of brick in the United States -- Chrysler has recycled 1,750 tons of petroleum-impacted soil from a Delaware facility into a building product.
 The effort saved 1,200 cubic yards of landfill space -- equivalent to wastes generated by 200 households in a year -- and created 3.5 million bricks -- enough to build 4,500 typical ranch homes.
 "Chrysler eliminated any future problems associated with contaminated soil and saved 70 percent of the cost of landfilling (the cheapest disposal method cost)," Peter Gilezan, director of Energy and Environmental Affairs, explained. The project has won one of the company's quality awards, and is being considered for the Chairman's Award.
 Chrysler and Cherokee are working together to evaluate a host of other wastes for potential recycling rather than disposal -- the industry practice.
 These include wastewater treatment plant sludge, paint sludge, other types of contaminated soil, fly ash and foundry sand.
 The effort is twofold: recycling these wastes into usable product makes environmental sense; future environmental liability for the wastes is eliminated because Cherokee provides a certificate of destruction.
 Gilezan said a second project to dispose of 18,000 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil from an East Coast location will generate a savings of several million dollars and save 12,000 more cubic yards of landfill space. An estimated 36 million bricks will be produced.
 Cherokee worked with environmental officials in North Carolina (and later in South Carolina and Maryland) to find a workable, constructive solution to the disposal of soil contaminated by leakage from underground storage tanks (UST) at one of its facilities. Using the soil in brick manufacturing made sense because brick companies routinely add oil in the manufacturing process to produce a high quality brick. The high temperatures and length of time in the brick kilns burn off all petroleum hydrocarbons in the extruded brick.
 The Cherokee Environmental Group was formed to promote this new way of handling soil contaminated with petroleum products.
 Chrysler was one of the first companies to receive authorization under Maryland's air and waste management regulations to recycle contaminated soil at Cherokee's Maryland facility.
 Cherokee is permitted to offer the service at five plants in North Carolina, one in South Carolina and one in Maryland. Cherokee doesn't have any Midwest facilities, but the company is discussing with a Midwest brick manufacturer the possibility of making the process available throughout the Midwest.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Sechler of Chrysler, 313-956-2894/
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