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Solutia Recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Innovative, Biodegradable Chemistry
Thursday September 21, 9:00 am ET

Solutia's Dequest PB Series Recognized for Environmental Qualities

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 21, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- As part of National Pollution Prevention Week, Solutia Inc. has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's New Chemicals Pollution Prevention (P2) Program for Dequest(r) PB, an innovative biodegradable product used in water and process treatment. The P2 Recognition Project acknowledges companies for developing revolutionary chemistry and technologies that further pollution prevention and other environmental goals.

The Dequest(r) PB series, developed by Solutia and Royal Cosun, is a natural product made from chicory roots and used in cost-effective, environmentally friendly industrial water management applications and detergent products.

"One of today's major applications is the use of Dequest(r) PB for secondary oil recovery from older and more difficult to exploit wells where it reduces the cost of controlling water pollution with a low toxicity, biodegradable chemical,'' said Mark Eyers, worldwide commercial development manager, Solutia Europe SA/NV. "Moreover, we are very proud of the fact that Dequest(r) PB-based, environmentally friendly and cost-effective detergents are now being launched on the European market and we hope to bring this exciting new technology to the U.S detergent market soon.''

Valuable characteristics of the Dequest(r) PB series are that it is made from a renewable resource, it is readily biodegradable, extremely low in toxicity, and has excellent water solubility. "Solutia is honored to play a role in bringing new, innovative products to market that have a positive impact on the environment,'' said Roy Agostini, environmental lead, Solutia Inc. "In support of the need for sustainable green chemistries, the Dequest(r) PB series utilizes natural products for functional, cost-effective solutions for a variety of water treatment needs.''

Source: Solutia Inc.

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