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UNION CARBIDE CHAIRMAN SAYS VOLUNTARY POLLUTION CONTROL TAKING HOLD IN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

 UNION CARBIDE CHAIRMAN SAYS VOLUNTARY POLLUTION CONTROL
 TAKING HOLD IN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
 DANBURY, Conn., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Carbide Chairman Robert D. Kennedy said that "corporate environmentalism is working in the 90's." He said voluntary pollution prevention is taking hold in the industry and that companies are finding new ways of reducing pollution levels and becoming more productive at the same time.
 Addressing the Environmental Technology Exposition and Conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Kennedy said, "The chemical industry knows the environment is an issue that must be taken seriously if the industry expects to remain in business. It's a survival issue for us as it is for the planet, and in recent years, environmental performance has moved to the top of the business agenda."
 Kennedy said the chemical industry has come a long way in the past 30 years and not all of its environmental accomplishments get the attention or credit they deserve. "Plants no longer turn out a pound of waste for every pound of product. In fact, our most advanced processes eliminate as much as 98 percent of the waste generated," he noted. "There is no better way for industry to do business than by preventing pollution before it happens."
 American industry now realizes that environmental performance and business performance are on the same side of the coin. "When industry eliminates waste at the source, it removes a potentially hazardous substance from the environment, cuts down on disposal costs, and avoids the potential long-term liabilities created by waste disposal," said Kennedy.
 Environmental performance also brings industry long-range returns by simply reducing the perceived need for costly and inefficient new regulations. "Ill-conceived regulations, sometimes drawn up in panic and ignorance, can force companies to spend millions to control the most highly publicized pollutant-of-the-month...," Kennedy added. He said the Alar scare is a good example. "These resources are better channeled into developing advanced technology to produce safer products and processes in the first place.
 "Our present regulatory structure forces us to go after high- profile, headline-grabbing problems that often represent minor health risks with old technology aimed at control rather than prevention. Command and control is old hat," Kennedy said. "A better way is to give a sense of direction, provide incentives, encourage innovation and measure for and publish the results."
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