Nalco Statement on EPA's Second Round of Dispersant Test Results

Naperville, Illinois, UNITED STATES


NAPERVILLE, Ill., Aug. 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nalco (NYSE:NLC) today issued the following statement:

Nalco is pleased to see continuing scientific review and analysis of the conditions in the Gulf of Mexico relating to the oil spill. Among other things, the findings of today's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's peer reviewed report indicate:

  • that dispersed oil is generally no more toxic than oil,
  • that dispersants appear to increase the efficiency of natural biodegradation by 50 percent,
  • there is no evidence of harm to wildlife from the dispersants used in the Gulf.

Nalco supports and looks forward to continued research in this important area.

More information on the EPA's dispersant testing program is available at the Agency's website at www.epa.gov/bpspill.

About Nalco

Nalco is the world's leading water treatment and process improvement company, delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to our customers. We help our customers reduce energy, water and other natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity and end products while boosting the bottom line. Together our comprehensive solutions contribute to the sustainable development of customer operations. Nalco is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. More than 11,500 Nalco employees operate in 150 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers to serve a broad range of end markets. In 2009, Nalco achieved sales of more than $3.7 billion. For more information visit www.nalco.com.

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