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UNOCAL RECEIVES PRESIDENT'S ENVIRONMENT AWARD FOR SCRAP PROJECT

 UNOCAL RECEIVES PRESIDENT'S ENVIRONMENT AWARD FOR SCRAP PROJECT
 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Unocal Corp. (NYSE: UCL) said today it will receive the nation's highest environmental honor -- the President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award -- for its 1990 SCRAP (South Coast Recycled Auto Program) project.
 The White House termed Unocal's SCRAP project as an unprecedented effort to improve air quality in the Los Angeles Basin by scrapping heavily polluting, pre-1971 cars. In four months, 8,376 old cars were purchased and crushed for recycling. The SCRAP project reduced air pollutants by nearly 13 million pounds per year for a cost of approximately 50 cents per pound.
 The Presidential Medal for environmental excellence awarded to Unocal is one of only nine medals being presented nationwide to U.S. individuals and organizations for their outstanding environmental achievements. The awards will be presented at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., later this fall.
 "SCRAP showed that a market-based attack on major pollution sources could be cost-effective in improving air quality," said Richard J. Stegemeier, Unocal chairman and chief executive officer. "This successful pioneering program served as the basis for the Administration's "Cash for Clunkers," initiative and has been adopted into EPA regulation as well as regulation in several states."
 In 1990, Unocal budgeted more than $5 million to buy, test and scrap pre-1971 vehicles, which have little or no emission controls. The company paid $700 per car, and turned them over to a scrap yard to be crushed, shredded and recycled.
 The goal was to gather data to show regulators that a policy shift to market-based regulation and emissions credit "trading" could be faster and more cost-effective than "command-and-control" measures.
 Unocal tested the tailpipe emissions of every SCRAP car, and (with the California Air Resources Board) ran Federal Test Procedures on 74 of them. On average, the cars emitted 99 times more hydrocarbons per mile than a new 1990 auto, 50 times more carbon monoxide, and 11 times more nitrogen oxides.
 The SCRAP project eliminated twice the expected volume of air pollutants -- nearly 13 million pounds -- for about $6 million.
 The President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Awards were established in 1991 to recognize innovative environmental initiatives and promote a conservative ethic throughout the country. Awards are presented in four categories: Partnership, Environmental Quality Management, Innovation and Education and Communications.
 The program is run by the Council on Environmental Quality, in a partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Hearst Foundation, The Business Roundtable and the World Wildlife Fund.
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