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									Press release

  Rhodia Environmental Agencies Open Tide Gates at Peyton

MARTINEZ, CA., June 16, 2009 ---- Tidal waters from the Carquinez Strait flowed
back into the freshwater wetlands of the Peyton Slough and surrounding marshland
today for the first time in more than 100 years. The coming ling of brackish and fresh
water is expected to return the sensitive ecosystem to the natural ebb and flow of tidal
waters to support unique aquatic habitats that characterized the marshland’s historic

Officials from specialty chemical producer Rhodia Inc. and numerous local, state and
federal government agencies and interest groups today inaugurated operation of a
newly constructed, two-directional tide gate that will allow tidal waters to reach the
sensitive marshlands. The opening of the tide gate represents another positive impact
from the multi-year restoration and reconstruction of the Peyton Slough.

"Today marks the accomplishment of another benefit from the Peyton Slough project,"
according to Mary Brown, Rhodia’s senior project manager. "We anticipate that about
200 acres of marshland will be enhanced with the re-introduction of tidal waters. It is
not just our project site that will benefit.

"Operation of the tide gate will help to ensure the long-term environmental quality of
this ecosystem," she said. "It’s a significant step."

Brown also acknowledged the technical contributions of many government agencies
and interested parties who participated in years of environmental and regulatory dialog
before and during construction.

"This project has demonstrated the tremendous potential of private and public sector
cooperation toward a common goal," she said. Her assessment was echoed by Bruce
Wolfe, executive officer of the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board;
Karl Malamud-Roam, environmental projects manager, Contra Costa Mosquito and
Vector Control District; and Dave Contreras, executive director of Mt. View Sanitary

All three agency heads participated in today’s ceremonies which also included
representatives of other public and private interest groups. The other participating
agencies included the City of Martinez, San Francisco Bay Conservation and
Development Commission, the California State Lands Commission, the California
Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other local,
regional and statewide agencies.

Environmental monitoring of the slough and adjacent marshlands will continue for
another seven years. This monitoring will include inspecting and gathering field data
about wetland re-vegetation, animal habitats, marine life, tidal flows and other
environmental priorities targeted by the overall Peyton Slough restoration plan. Water
quality data will also be gathered.

The Peyton Slough drains a marsh system and watershed surrounded by refineries,
industrial terminals and a Rhodia manufacturing plant. Two years of construction at the
site (2004-06) resulted in realigning the slough to the east, and capping old slough
sediments containing copper and zinc to prevent them from impacting water quality and
aquatic life in the Carquinez Strait that drains to San Francisco Bay.

As a result of the slough realignment, one of the Bay Area’s longstanding toxic "hot
spots" from a bygone industrial era was eliminated.

Rhodia operates a sulfuric acid regeneration plant adjacent to the Peyton Slough. The
present-day Rhodia operations are unrelated to the historic industrial activities
conducted by other parties at the site, which contributed to the old slough’s copper and
zinc content.

Rhodia is an international chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable
development. As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customers’
performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate.
Structured around six Enterprises, Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive,
refining, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets,
consumer goods and industrial markets. The Group employs around 14,500 people
worldwide and generated sales of €4.8 billion in 2008. Rhodia is listed on Euronext Paris.

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