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SCHULLER INTERNATIONAL REFUTES CLAIMS IN BARRON'S ARTICLE

 SCHULLER INTERNATIONAL REFUTES CLAIMS IN BARRON'S ARTICLE
 DENVER, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Schuller International, Inc., a major manufacturer of fiber glass insulation, reinforcements, and filtration, responded today to the article in this week's Barron's concerning the health effects of fiber glass.
 President of Schuller International, Richard A. Kashnow, said, "Barron's reporter Andy Zipser raised the very issues about fiber glass and health which we have been researching extensively for decades. As a result of numerous independent and separate inhalation studies done the world over, Schuller International believes that our products are safe to manufacture and install."
 Kashnow said fiber glass wool is one of the most thoroughly tested products in commerce today for at least one very good reason. "The lessons learned from the asbestos health tragedy have focused our industry on being even more diligent about the safety of our fibrous products. We are in the forefront of this research because no one is more concerned about the safety of all our products than is Schuller."
 Schuller International management feels Mr. Zipser left the impression that industry research cannot be trusted. "That's simply not true," Kashnow says. "Schuller's research has been conducted by leading independent scientists from both private facilities and academia -- not by scientists employed by the fiber glass industry. Furthermore, governmental and scientific agencies are involved in developing research protocols and evaluating the data. Finally, the research receives extensive peer review prior to publication."
 It is Schuller International's contention that this is the bottom line: current science finds no evidence that fiber glass is a carcinogen when inhaled. "Extensive studies in laboratory animals, exposing them through inhalation to extraordinarily high doses of fibers for their lifetimes -- far higher than those to which people would normally be exposed -- have failed to link cancer or any other disease to fiber glass exposure," says Dr. Robert Anderson, senior vice president of Schuller's Science and Technology division. "In addition, human epidemiology studies from Europe and the United States show no causal relationship between exposure to fiber glass and respiratory cancer."
 Says Anderson, "We recognize that fiber glass can be a skin irritant or an irritant to the respiratory tract if inhaled in significant quantities. For that reason, fiber glass plants have controlled environments and fiber glass installers have had guidelines for proper attire and installation procedures for several years. Except for irritation, there is no credible scientific evidence that exposure to fiber glass poses any potential health risk. When properly used, fiber glass is safe and effective."
 Schuller International, Inc. employs approximately 7,500 people worldwide with annual sales in 1991 in excess of $1 billion. It has 32 production facilities in North America and in Europe. Schuller manufactures and sells insulation, reinforcements, filtration and building products. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manville Corporation (NYSE: MVL). Both are headquartered in Denver, Colo.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon Sweet of Manville Corporation, 303-978-4694/
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