press release

Unocal report outlines company commitment to environmental compliance, safety improvements

El Segundo, Calif., Sept. 10, 1996 -- Unocal Corporation today said it has published its latest Health, Environment & Safety progress report, a company-wide overview of its performance in the past year.

"This report documents our ongoing commitment to environmental compliance and our efforts to include environmental considerations in every business decision," said Roger C. Beach, Unocal chairman and chief executive officer. "We're making good progress in preventing accidents and implementing pollution prevention programs, while continuing to set new safety milestones both here and overseas.

As of July 1995, Unocal employees worked five years without a single work- related fatal injury. Recordable injuries and illnesses among employees declined by 26 percent since 1994 -- a 56 percent drop from 1988. The report also describes new programs the company has launched to improve safety performance among its contractor workforce.

Unocal continues to make steady improvements in reducing the amount of hazardous materials it releases into the environment. A participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "33/50" program to reduce releases of 17 high priority, toxic chemicals, Unocal has achieved a 53 percent reduction since 1988. The company also decreased its Toxic Chemicals Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals by approximately 77 percent.

In 1995, the company recorded approximately $220 million in environmental-related capital expenditures, compared with an average of approximately $160 million per year for the prior three years. Major costs for 1994 and 1995 included refinery modifications to manufacture cleaner-burning reformulated gasolines designed to meet California's strict air quality standards.

The report also provides an update of various environmental issues facing the company in the San Francisco Bay Area and along California's central coast. In addition, Unocal's success in expanding health, environment and safety programs at its overseas operations is discussed in detail.

The full text of the Unocal Health, Environment & Safety Report will be available by mid-September on Unocal's World Wide Web home page:; hard copies are available by contacting Unocal Corporate Communications, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, El Segundo, Calif. 90245.

Updated: September 1996