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RAYTHEON FIVE-YEAR EFFORT CUTS CHEMICAL RELEASES 64 PERCENT

 LEXINGTON, Mass., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company, (NYSE: RTN) winner of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1992 Regional Finalist Pollution Prevention Award, today announced that it reduced chemical releases to the environment by 64 percent between 1987 and 1992.
 Nationwide, 21 Raytheon plants reported total chemical releases of 2.1 million pounds in 1992, down from 5.9 million pounds in 1987.
 In Massachusetts, six company plants reduced chemical releases by 81 percent, from 3.3 million pounds to 630,000 pounds, between 1987 and 1992.
 "We've worked hard to make these reductions," said John R. Pasquariello, vice president of environmental quality, "and we continue to identify pollution prevention opportunities."
 Between 1987 and 1992, Raytheon cut its emissions of the ozone- depleting solvents methyl chloroform and Freon 113 by 72 percent, from 2.7 million pounds to 760,000 pounds.
 In 1990, Raytheon set a target to eliminate the two ozone depleters by the end of 1992, a goal lauded as a "benchmark" by the Massachusetts Public Interest Group (MASSPIRG). "We reached the goal at nearly all our plants, the results of which will show up in next year's chemical release figures," said Pasquariello. "And we have a plan in place to eliminate as quickly as possible remaining uses where substitution has proven more difficult."
 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented Raytheon with a 1992 Regional Finalist Pollution Prevention Award for its work in eliminating ozone-depleting solvents.
 Raytheon is a charter member of the EPA's Industrial Toxics Project, a voluntary chemical emissions reduction program.
 The program aims to reduce, by 1995, releases of 17 target chemicals by 50 percent -- a mark that Raytheon has already surpassed.
 Raytheon has achieved its chemical reductions through a combination of chemical substitutions, manufacturing modifications, and chemical management controls.
 Since 1987, companies have been required to file annual reports with the EPA and state environmental agencies on chemicals released to the environment as waste.
 In addition to its chemical reductions successes, Raytheon this year began an environmental ethics program to communicate to managers and line workers the company's high standards for environmental quality.
 Headquartered in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon is a $9 billion diversified technology company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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