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      Dow Corning receives Clean Corporate Citizen longevity award

      The following is a message from Dow Corning:

      Dow Corning Corp. TMs Midland site has been awarded the Clean Corporate Citizen longevity award from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The award recognizes Dow Corning as one of Michigan TMs top environmental performers. As a longevity award recipient, the Midland site joins an elite group of approximately 38 companies of the more than 109 Michigan companies with the Clean Corporate Citizen designation.

      This designation means a great deal to our site, said Dow Corning Midland site Manager Jim Smith. Our employees are fully committed to protecting the environment and the communities in which we operate. At Dow Corning, we continue to focus on opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint while remaining globally competitive. The two go hand in hand. When we TMre doing the right thing for the environment, it makes us more competitive in the marketplace, added Smith. To receive the longevity award, a company must consistently maintain its Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen status by demonstrating commitment to environmental stewardship, implementing innovative initiatives, and complying with regulations. In his letter presenting the award, Jim Sygo, deputy director, Department of Environmental Quality, commented, Your participation in the Clean Corporate Citizen program clearly demonstrates that focusing on environmental management and pollution prevention is a fundamental part of smart business strategy. By making continual improvements that optimize environmental performance, facilities are both cutting costs and contributing to healthy communities. In particular, the Midland site is being recognized for its comprehensive environmental management system that sets targets and objectives for continual environmental improvement, its pollution prevention programs focused on reduce-reuse-recycle, and consistent compliance with environmental regulations. Dow Corning TMs recent investments in two manufacturing technologies known as a Thermal Oxidizer unit and a Plasma Gasification unit both reduce the site TMs emissions, recover materials for reuse in the production of chlorosilanes, and recover energy for the generation of steam.Midland site has been recognized by the State of Michigan as a Clean Corporate Citizen since 2004. It is the largest and most diversified manufacturing facility in the corporation, providing more than 2,000 products to 5,000 customers in dozens of industries around the world.