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MERCEDES-BENZ RECEIVES EPA AWARD

MERCEDES-BENZ RECEIVES EPA AWARD
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last night recognized Mercedes-Benz for its corporate leadership in preserving the earth's ozone layer at the presentation of the 1992 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards. Mercedes, the only import auto company to receive one of the awards, was cited for its work in eliminating CFCs -- chlorofluorocarbon compounds -- from its air conditioning systems, starting in 1991.
 By its early action -- in advance of any regulatory requirements -- Mercedes-Benz has already avoided the potential release of more than 300,000 pounds of CFCs.
 Mercedes was the first car maker -- in April 1991, with the introduction of its new line of S-Class sedans -- to use a CFC-free substitute for the air conditioning refrigerant. In addition, the cars do not utilize CFC compounds in their production processes, and the urethane foams for their interiors are made with water vapor rather than CFC aerosols. This technology has been extended to the other model lines. Currently, all Mercedes models are made with the CFC-free urethane foams, and all but the 190 range have non-CFC air conditioning refrigerant. The entire Mercedes lineup will be totally CFC-free by next fall.
 CFC compounds, once thought to be environmentally harmless, are now known to lead to a greater danger of skin cancer. When leaked or released, CFCs drift into the upper atmosphere and eat away at the ozone layer that normally shields the earth from solar radiation. Recent studies have shown large-scale depletion of the ozone layer over areas of North America and Europe, in addition to the well-known "hole" in the layer over the Antarctic.
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 CONTACT: Fred Heiler of Mercedes-Benz of North America, Inc. 201-573-2245 CO: MERCEDES-BENZ OF NORTH AMERICA, INC. IN: AUT ST: NJ -- NY009 -- X360 09/30/92
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