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 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Chemical Council (OCC) announced today its support of Governor Voinovich's intentions to promote pollution prevention at 100 major facilities in Ohio. The Ohio Chemical Council is the trade association which represents Ohio's chemical, pharmaceutical and related industries to the state's elected representatives and to the citizens of Ohio.
 "Ohio's chemical companies have led the way in the industry with emissions reductions," pointed out Peggy J. Smith, executive director of the Ohio Chemical Council. According to a report issued by the OCC, member companies reduced chemical "releases to the environment" by 17.7 percent in 1991, the data year used by Governor Voinovich for his initiative. Further, from 1987-91 releases declined 55.3 percent.
 An OCC report issued earlier this year reveals that from 1987-91 member companies:
 -- reduced total releases 55.3 percent (from 93.4 million to 41.7 million lbs.).
 -- reduced releases to the air 55.7 percent (from 31.9 million to 14.2 million lbs.).
 -- increased releases to water 18.3 percent (from 671,401 to 794,556 lbs.).
 -- reduced land releases 97 percent (from 132,498 to 3,949 lbs.).
 OCC's report is based on figures for both continuous and accidental release of more than 300 toxic chemicals compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and published in the agency's annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI).
 According to Smith, the report was voluntarily published by OCC to inform Ohioans about chemical releases and about the steps being taken by member companies to continue reductions of these emissions.
 Smith pointed to several trends contributing to the dramatic reductions:
 -- In response to public concern, the chemical industry has been designing and implementing voluntary emissions reduction projects since the mid-1980s. Reductions will continue as many companies fulfill commitments to lower emissions through the U.S. EPA's 33/50 Program.
 -- Systems of continuous improvement developed by companies in the Chemical Manufacturers Association's (CMA) Responsible Care Program are expected to reduce emissions further.
 -- More sophisticated sampling and monitoring technology provides more accurate calculations and data analysis.
 -- Chemicals determined by research to be non-toxic (e.g., ammonium sulfate) have been removed by EPA from the TRI.
 "The end result is the most important trend of all -- a constant decrease, and improved understanding of TRI chemical releases in Ohio," Smith said. "The Ohio Chemical Council is committed to pollution prevention efforts. We will continue to work with the Governor on his Pollution Prevention Program."
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 /CONTACT: Peggy Smith of the Ohio Chemical Council, 614-224-1730/

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