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ANSI Member Eastman Kodak Receives EPA Award on Earth Day

New York, Apr 22, 2003

Environmental awareness and activism took root with the first Earth Day in 1970, and since that time has experienced hills and valleys of support and enthusiasm by individuals, government and corporate America. The Environmental Protection Agency has an awards program to recognize those companies that show a concerted effort to respect the environment in their business operations. ANSI member Eastman Kodak Company received the 2003 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the EPA in recognition of Kodak's commitment to reducing ozone-depleting chemicals through the development of Particle Transfer Roller (PTR) technology for cleaning motion picture film.

Developed by Kodak in 1989, the PTR is a specially molded soft polyurethane roller that captures dirt and dust through contact adhesion without the use of solvents. As motion picture film glides over the PTR, dirt and dust from the film stick to the roller. Prior to 1990, nearly all motion picture film was cleaned using ultrasonic cleaning machines that employed a solvent known as 1,1,1-trichloroethane for particulate removal. The new PTR process eliminates the use of environmentally damaging solvents, and actually improves motion picture film quality.

Kodak developed and promoted use of PTR film cleaners that could remove dirt and dust from film online during conventional film printing at labs and while motion pictures are projected at cinemas. Over the past 12 years, PTRs have supplanted 1,1,1-trichloroethane as the primary method for cleaning motion picture film worldwide.

Kodak has disclosed the technology to customers and competitors for their unrestricted use. FPC, a Kodak subsidiary, sells PTRs to motion picture labs, telecine facilities, and theater operators and PTRs are used in thousands of movie theaters around the world, including most IMAX theaters. The solvent-free process has eliminated the use of several hundred thousand pounds of ozone-depleting substances. Kodak estimates that when combined with the use of CFC free refrigeration system upgrades in film manufacturing plants, the company eliminated more than one million pounds of ozone-depleting substances

The Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, presented as part of Earth Day celebrations worldwide, recognizes a commitment to helping prevent the release of ozone-depleting chemicals. Kodak was one of only four companies worldwide honored in 2003. Since 1990, EPA has presented this Award to over 420 individuals and organizations from 37 countries.

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