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New DuPont™ Abandoned Cable Services

Wilmington, Del., May 2, 2005

Unique Market Offering Helps Reduce Uncontrolled Build-Up of Flammable Building Cables

DuPont today announced DuPont™ Abandoned Cable Services, a suite of services designed to make compliance to changing building safety codes and standards on cabling simple and affordable.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 60 billion feet of communications cabling has been installed in the United States. DuPont believes a significant percentage of that cabling has been abandoned in buildings and represents a large potential fire hazard.

DuPont™ Abandoned Cable Services will provide assessment services for identification and reporting of abandoned cable hazards in office buildings; planning for infrastructure improvement and management; connections with local labor; and removal and recycling logistics. This packaged offering is available to building owners, property managers, tenants, and corporate network engineers responsible for ensuring that their facilities meet the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) National Electric Code (NEC) requirement to remove abandoned cabling from buildings. The requirement is based on concern over the uncontrolled build-up of combustible cables in buildings. As cable is removed, DuPont™ Abandoned Cable Services also offers a complete recycle program for end-of-life cables.

"The NEC requirement clearly recognizes that generations of abandoned wires and cables needlessly increase the fire fuel load on commercial buildings," said Pat Lindner, DuPont Communications Cabling Solutions global business manager.

"DuPont is committed to providing our customers with the best products and services to protect people and buildings from the damaging effects of fire."

DuPont™ Abandoned Cable Services are delivered through professional auditors, local DuPont preferred network contractors and exclusive recycling technology. The DuPont preferred contractor network, comprised of referrals to experienced contractors trained on responsible removal practices and efficient "removal for recycling" techniques, is available in all North American major metropolitan areas, including the Washington DC/Baltimore area, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago. End-of-life and abandoned cables are recycled from the client's site into reusable streams of copper and separated plastics.

DuPont offers a variety of fire-protective products that protect people, property and information. Examples include DuPont™ certified limited combustible cable, offering superior electrical and signal performance while generating 20 times less smoke than current code-approved plenum cable, DuPont™ Nomex® personal protective apparel, and DuPont fire extinguishing technologies, among others.

For more information, contact DuPont at 1-866-FUELOAD (866-383-5623) or visit our DuPont Communications Cabling Solutions web site.

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.