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PHELPS DODGE MINING COMPANY ACHIEVES NEW SAFETY RECORD

 PHELPS DODGE MINING COMPANY ACHIEVES NEW SAFETY RECORD
 PHOENIX, Ariz., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Phelps Dodge Mining Company today announced that its Morenci, Ariz., employees surpassed an all-time record for safe production by working more than 2.5 million hours without experiencing a lost-time accident. The Morenci operation's current accident rate is less than 5 percent of the national average for the metal mining industry. The company set its previous record in 1989 when employees worked 2.25 million hours without a lost-time accident.
 "Safety is our first priority," said J. Steven Whisler, President of Phelps Dodge Mining Company. "The Morenci branch is one of the safest mining operations in the world because our employees continually strive to set an outstanding example of safe and efficient mine production."
 The Morenci mine is the largest copper producer in North America and the second largest copper producer in the world. Morenci employs more than 2,000 people.
 Phelps Dodge Mining Company is a division of Phelps Dodge Corporation (NYSE: PD), a major mining and manufacturing concern with operations in 23 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas M. Foster of Phelps Dodge, 602-234-8139/
 (PD) CO: Phelps Dodge Mining Co.; Phelps Dodge Corp. ST: Arizona IN: MNG SU:


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