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ANGUS to Withdraw Sales of NITROFUEL Outside of the US

Buffalo Grove, IL - January 18, 2006

Effective immediately, ANGUS Chemical Company ("ANGUS"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow"), is exiting all Nitromethane-based racing fuel sales, including NITROFUEL™ nitromethane and NM™ nitromethane products, in all parts of the world except National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-authorized venues in the United States.

"Fuel safety is linked to product quality and consistency as well as requiring a strong product stewardship program. While we have consistently improved and strengthened our product stewardship program in the United States over the last several years with support from the NHRA and through the introduction of more manageable grades of ready-blended Nitromethane and methanol, we have been unable to obtain the expected product stewardship support for this product at venues outside of the NHRA-authorized sites in the U.S.," said Nanette Hermsen, global marketing manager for fuel additives.  "ANGUS is fully-committed to the safe and secure handling of the nitromethane molecule and will continue to pursue long-term sustainable use and supply for a wide variety of uses and applications where ANGUS safety and security standards are met."

Nitromethane is a versatile chemical used within a wide variety of industrial applications produced at the ANGUS plant in Sterlington, Louisiana. It is used as a stabilizer for halogenated hydrocarbons, as a component of special fuels for internal combustion engines, as a solvent for polymers in coatings, and as an extraction solvent or solvent for chemical reactions. It is also a raw material in the synthesis of many useful chemicals such as chloropicrin and tris (hydroxymethyl) aminomethane.  However, when proper safe handling procedures and security measures are not used, nitromethane is potentially a dangerous and detonable chemical.

The ANGUS product stewardship program for NITROFUEL nitromethane includes regular direct training for drivers and their teams, a dye used to indicate if a sample of NITROFUEL should not be used, an authorized distributor for NHRA-approved race meets, and regular monitoring of races where NITROFUEL nitromethane is used. NITROFUEL direct training for drivers and their teams emphasizes potential hazards, safe handling procedures, and security needs.

The withdrawal of NITROFUEL nitromethane supply outside of the U.S. affects a small number of customers in Europe and Australia. NITROFUEL nitromethane products are currently the only nitromethane fuels produced in the U.S. to meet stringent NHRA manufacturing standards.

Aligned as a market-focused, solutions-driven specialty chemicals business, ANGUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. ANGUS develops and delivers nitroalkane-based solutions to our customers for applications in latex paints, mineral slurries, metalworking fluids, water treatment, biological buffers, solvents and thinners, wood adhesives, pharmaceutical & agricultural intermediates, SBR latex shortstops, fuel additives and personal care and household products.

Dow is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $40 billion, Dow serves customers in 175 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress: food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its 43,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.



For Editorial Information:

Louise Falp
ANGUS Chemical Company
(847) 808-3771

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