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 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Company (NYSE: SUN) said today that the response to its car scrappage pilot program, announced Sept. 1, was "tremendous."
 "More than 800 people contacted us before the details of the program were even announced," said program manager Paul Durkin. "We only needed 150 cars for our pilot program, so we have stopped taking requests at this time. However, we're keeping all the applications on file for use if we decide to expand the program next year."
 Under the pilot program, Sun is paying $700 for pre-1980 cars from five southeastern Pennsylvania counties -- Philadelphia, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Delaware. "These older cars constitute only a small percentage of vehicles on the road, but they account for more than half of the automotive pollution," noted Durkin. He added that Sun was accepting only vehicles that are driveable, have a current inspection sticker, and that during the previous year have been owned by the present owner as well as registered and licensed in the five-county area.
 "We're now contacting the owners to make an appointment to drive their vehicle to our collection point, where their title will be transferred to the designation 'Scrap' and they will receive a check for $700," said Durkin.
 He said Sun has selected PSN (Prolerized Schiabo Neu Company) of Jersey City, N.J., America's largest automotive recycler, as its scrap metal recycler. "PSN will provide the full range of car preparation in accordance with proposed EPA car scrappage guidelines," he said. "They will then totally destruct the cars and recycle the metal components."
 Durkin said Sun will use the Environmental Protection Agency's mobile model to estimate the amount of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and nitrogen oxide emissions that will be removed from the air by getting the cars off the road. "In addition, we'll also conduct our own testing on a sample of the cars to determine their actual emissions as compared with the estimates in the EPA model," he said.
 Under proposed emission credit trading programs, a percentage of the EPA estimated emission reductions would be available to Sun in the future as emission credits to offset emissions created as a result of expansion at the company's two Philadelphia-area refineries. "We would expect to use only 90 percent of the credits, so the net result is an improvement in air quality," Durkin said. "Scrapping these cars also results in immediate emission reductions."
 "The decision as to whether or not to expand the car scrappage program will depend on how the pilot program goes as well as on how the emission credit trading program develops," he added. "If everything works out, we could take up to 2,000 cars next year."
 Sun Company, headquartered in Philadelphia, operates five domestic refineries and markets gasoline under the Sunoco brand in the Northeastern quadrant of the United States. The company sells lubricants and petrochemicals worldwide and operates domestic pipelines and terminals. Sun also produces crude oil and natural gas internationally and is 55 percent owner of Suncor, a fully-integrated Canadian oil company.
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 /CONTACT: Bud Davis, 215-977-3485, or Paul Durkin, 215-977-3494, of Sun, or Jay A. Zimmern of PSN, 201-333-3131/

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