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PPG INDUSTRIES REPORTS 1992 WASTE REDUCTION

 PITTSBURGH, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) reports that its North American facilities produced 33,100 fewer tons of waste in 1992 than in 1991, surpassing a 12 percent reduction goal.
 Of the total, hazardous waste exceeded 3,000 tons, a 9 percent reduction.
 "Our 1993 waste reduction goal is another 25,000 tons, an 11 percent reduction," said Paul M. King, corporate director of environment, health and safety. "Nearly half -- 10,700 tons -- would be a hazardous wastes reduction of more than 10 percent."
 He also cited continued progress in two specific emission reduction efforts in the United States, although 1992 data will not be completed until mid-summer. Between 1988 and 1991, PPG emissions reported under federal right-to-know legislation were reduced by 5,955 tons, or 44 percent, with 3,760 tons, or 33 percent, less in 1991 than in 1990.
 In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's voluntary Industrial Toxics Project to reduce emissions of 17 chemicals 50 percent by 1995 from 1988 levels, PPG had through 1991 achieved a reduction of 2,500 tons, or 36 percent, including nearly 1,680 tons, or 28 percent, less in 1991 than in 1990.
 Since beginning to track North American performance in 1988, PPG has reduced total wastes by 147,300 tons, or 39 percent, and all hazardous wastes by 27,800 tons, or 21 percent, King said.
 PPG is expanding its monitoring process to operations outside North America, but King said complete data on wastes generated by those operations in previous years is not available.
 "However," he said, "Coatings and Resins Group and Glass Group operations in Europe have a combined 1993 goal to reduce waste by 5,200 tons, or 11 percent, from about 47,500 tons generated last year. These units account for the greatest portion, by far, of our European activity.
 "If our European coatings operations achieve their goal to reduce hazardous wastes nearly 2,300 tons, or 16 percent, from 14,500 tons last year, they will have attained a 44 percent reduction for such materials since 1989," he said.
 "PPG's ultimate goal is to generate no wastes at all, and we are moving in the right direction," King said. "Our people continue to apply ingenuity and inventiveness, but huge leaps in technology will be necessary to achieve zero wastes."
 In North America last year, PPG's Coatings and Resins Group generated 6,200 fewer tons of waste, a 14 percent reduction, and lowered hazardous wastes by 940 tons, or 6 percent, compared with 1991. The Glass Group reduced total wastes about 29,500 tons, or 23 percent, including 2,100 fewer tons of hazardous waste, a 20 percent reduction.
 With higher production rates than in 1991, Chemicals Group total wastes increased about 2,500 tons, or 3 percent, although hazardous wastes were reduced 13 tons, or 2.5 percent.
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 /CONTACT: John S. Ruch of PPG Industries, 412-434-2445/
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