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    CITGO Achieves Safety Performance Milestones

    Company also changes race car design to reflect support of Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    HOUSTON -- A number of CITGO Petroleum Corp.'s Non-Refining Operations (NROs) recently achieved impressive safety performance milestones. Thirty-one of the company’s operating locations have not had an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incident for more than 10 years, while 42 facilities have not had an OSHA lost workday case for more than 10 years.

    "The record these facilities have compiled is impressive," said Rixio Medina, CITGO's vice president of Health, Safety, Security, Assets and Environmental Protection. "We are especially proud of the facilities that have gone more than 30 years without a recordable safety incident. The outstanding record these facilities have achieved exemplifies the dedication of our employees and our commitment to safety."

    An OSHA recordable incident is one resulting in death, medical treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness or a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional. A lost workday incident is a more severe OSHA recordable incident that results in days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job because the employee cannot perform their normal work duties.

    "Outstanding results like these are directly attributable to the dedicated and focused efforts of each and every NRO employee," said Jack McCrossin, CITGO's manager of NRO Safety, Health, Environmental and Security. "The commitment to incorporate safety into every aspect of our work stems from a mindset that returning home safely is the most important achievement we reap on a daily basis."

    In other CITGO news, the paint scheme on the CITGO Pontiac Crawford Daytona Prototype race car has been changed to salute the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the 20th anniversary of CITGO's fundraising efforts on behalf of the charity.

    "We are proud of our long-standing relationship with MDA and this exciting new paint scheme recognizes that partnership and will help raise public awareness of the continuing need for research funding to combat this disease," said Geoff Smith, CITGO's manager of Sponsorship, Marketing and Sales Promotion. "Our employees, marketers and business associates conduct and participate in scores of fundraising events throughout the year in an effort to contribute to the fight against neuromuscular disease. We expect that last year's record contribution of $7.5 million will be surpassed this year. We eagerly await the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, where we will present MDA with checks that will bring the total amount CITGO has contributed over the past 20 years to more than $70 million."

    The special red, white and blue paint scheme features 2005 MDA National Goodwill Ambassador Morgan Fritz of St. Peters, Mo., along with CITGO's "Energy to Care" slogan.

    The paint scheme will be featured on the #2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford Daytona Prototype driven by Milka Duno and Andy Wallace on July 31 in the Grand American Rolex Porsche 250 race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., and Aug. 27 in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Course in Lexington, Ohio.

    The paint scheme will also be displayed on the #20 CITGO Pontiac Crawford Daytona Prototype driven by Tony Stewart and Andy Wallace Aug. 12 in the COMPUSA 200 at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

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