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Responsible Care(R) Recognizes U.S. Chemical Industry's Performance Leaders
Thursday June 8, 7:22 pm ET

Milliken Chemical, NOVA Chemicals, and Rohm and Haas Honored

ARLINGTON, Va., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today presented its Responsible Care® Leadership Awards, recognizing Milliken Chemical, NOVA Chemicals, and Rohm and Haas for outstanding leadership under the chemistry industry's environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative. Representatives of the award-winning companies accepted the honor before an audience of the industry's top executives at ACC's annual membership meeting in White Sulpher Springs, WV.

ACC President and CEO Jack N. Gerard stated, "These award winners have made Responsible Care of utmost importance within their companies and our industry. Milliken, NOVA, and Rohm and Haas lead by example and, perhaps more importantly, they foster the principles of safe and secure management of chemical products and processes throughout their value chain and with industry stakeholders."

Through the Responsible Care initiative, the chemical industry has reduced environmental emissions by more than 75 percent and achieved a worker safety record that is four and a half times better than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

"This performance," Gerard noted, "can be tracked online which ACC created over two years ago to allow public access to industry and individual company data on environment, health, safety and security performance."

The Responsible Care® Leadership Award recognizes companies that demonstrate outstanding leadership in key aspects of Responsible Care. To be considered for this award, companies must meet defined safety performance requirements, demonstrate a positive trend in key performance areas and complete security requirements on time. Leadership awards are presented to companies by size category.

For the fourth time and third year in a row, Milliken Chemical, a division of Milliken & Company, has been recognized for leadership in the small company category (less than 2 million work hours).

"Milliken Chemical has repeatedly proven itself an outstanding performer at the highest level," said ACC's Gerard. "This is a company that works hard across the board, from openly sharing performance and operations information with the community and other stakeholders, to successfully managing challenging product stewardship issues, to operating under a 'no landfill' policy that has allowed the company to avoid landfilling chemical waste since 1983."

According to Dr. John Rekers, President of Milliken Chemical, this level of performance will undoubtedly continue: "The associates of Milliken Chemical and Milliken & Company are proud to be recognized for a third time as a responsible participant and corporate citizen in this great and essential American manufacturing industry. Our commitment to implementing the principles and activities of Responsible Care across our operations and businesses is steadfast." He added, "ACC's Responsible Care platform has been invaluable in guiding us toward constant improvement, and we remain as committed as ever to continue on this journey."

Two winners were announced in the medium company category (2 million -- 20 million work hours): NOVA Chemicals and Rohm and Haas.

Gerard noted, "Both NOVA and Rohm and Haas are being honored for the exemplary manner in which they are integrating Responsible Care throughout every aspect of their operations, using Responsible Care as a framework for business, supplier and customer expectations, and corporate social responsibility."

"NOVA Chemicals is to be commended for its dedication and commitment to Responsible Care®," continued Gerard, "and specifically the leadership of its internal Responsible Care Council, its drive to continuously improve process safety and create a sustainable business, as well as its robust stakeholder communications activities."

"It is a great pleasure to accept this award on behalf of all the employees of NOVA Chemicals," said Jeff Lipton, President and CEO of NOVA Chemicals. "We're a relatively new company and Responsible Care is one of the things we have built our company's culture around. That makes this award particularly meaningful for us."

"Rohm and Haas has an unparalleled commitment to Responsible Care leadership, both domestically and abroad," noted Gerard. "Its philosophy for more than 50 years has been to maintain open lines of communication with all stakeholders on operations issues, and to that end, Rohm and Haas has been a Responsible Care leader even before Responsible Care had a name."

Rohm and Haas President and CEO, Raj L. Gupta, stated, "Nothing makes me more proud than to receive this award on behalf of the many employees of Rohm and Haas who work hard every day to make our facilities safe and secure places for not only us, but for our surrounding communities and the industry as a whole." Gupta continued, "Our strong relationship with our supply chain partners, logistics partners, and neighbors is essential to Rohm and Haas, and Responsible Care has provided us a valuable tool for forming these long- lasting relationships."

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $550 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

Source: American Chemistry Council

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