Dow and MEGlobal Alberta Sites Recognized for Environmental Excellence

DUBAI /FORT SASKATCHEWAN, AB — (July, 2010) — Dow and MEGlobal's (a Joint Venture between PIC & Dow Chemical) Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss manufacturing sites have again been recognized as provincial leaders in environmental performance through the Government of Alberta's EnviroVista program - the sites are two of only 29 Alberta facilities honoured this year.

"I'd like to extend my congratulations to our employees at Prentiss and Fort Saskatchewan for their impressive efforts in again earning this designation," said Ramesh Ramachandran President & CEO of ME Global & Equopolymers. "It's clear that our Canadian employees and Alberta manufacturing facilities excel in the area of environmental performance and I'm thrilled to see our Alberta region receive this significant external recognition."

The EnviroVista program recognizes companies that exceed the expectations of the province's environmental legislation, as well as demonstrate responsibility, stewardship and an ongoing commitment to improve environmental performance. It is open to facilities that follow a comprehensive and publicly-accessible third-party audited environmental management system and have an Alberta Environment license approval. Companies must also have an exemplary emissions performance and have successfully operated under the province's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for at least five years.

"This is the sixth year the Fort Saskatchewan site has received the award and the fifth year for Prentiss," said Joe Deutscher, Dow Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss site operations director. "It is especially meaningful in a year when the company has faced so many challenges. Being recognized as an EnviroVista Leader shows that our people have an unwavering focus on safety, and that we remain committed to minimizing any potential impact on the environment."

Both Dow's global 2015 Sustainability Goals, and MEGlobal's FOCUS 2012 Goals are driving for a decreased environmental footprint by reducing energy and water consumption, as well as emissions at their sites. As members of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, Dow and MEGlobal are guided by the ethic and principles of Responsible Care® in their daily operations. Responsible Care® was launched in 1985 for the safe and environmentally sound management of chemicals. With members in approximately 50 countries, it is the chemical industry's commitment to manage chemicals responsibly through their entire life cycle.

Dow and MEGlobal's western Canadian sites and the other 27 EnviroVista award recipients are required to maintain or further improve their environmental performance to keep their EnviroVista status.

About Dow Canada
Dow Chemical Canada ULC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, employs approximately 1,000 people in Canada. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Dow Canada and its affiliates have manufacturing locations in: Sarnia and Toronto, Ontario; Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss, Alberta; and Varennes, Quebec. Dow Canada is proud to join the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) as the Official Supplier of Insulation Materials and Heat Transfer Fluids. In addition, Dow Canada and VANOC, being mutually committed to the principles of sustainability, will work together on litter and end-of-life waste management programs to ensure the success of VANOC's 'Zero Waste' initiative. For more information about Dow Canada, please visit our web site at

About MEGlobal
MEGlobal™ is a world leader in the manufacture and marketing of merchant monoethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, collectively known as ethylene glycol (EG). Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, MEGlobal markets approximately 3.5 million metric tons of EG per year which is used as a raw material in the manufacture of polyester fibers, polyethylene terephthalate resins (PET), antifreeze formulations and other industrial products. With approximately 200 employees worldwide, MEGlobal operates production facilities in Fort Saskatchewan and Red Deer in Alberta, Canada. MEGlobal is a 50:50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) of Kuwait. Further information can be found at

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