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Nalco Announces Price Increase to the Paper Industry in North America

NAPERVILLE, Ill., June 2, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Nalco Company (NYSE:NLC), the leading provider of integrated water treatment and process improvement services, chemicals and equipment programs for industrial and institutional applications, is implementing an additional price increase to the Paper industry in North America, effective July 1, 2008. Nalco will also implement price increases in other regions of the world. The amount of those increases will reflect local cost growth.

Customers in the United States and Canada will see a tiered price increase:

 * Pricing for most Nalco programs will increase up to 20 percent.

 * Select programs, including the use of defoamers, gluteraldhyde,
   phosphate and polyphosphate chemistries, pulp mill surfactants,
   antiscalants, and pitch control surfactants, will increase 30 percent.

These price increases are driven by increased energy and raw material costs, tightening availability of some raw materials and rising freight costs. Nalco's Paper Services Account Managers will contact individual customers to discuss these increases.

About Nalco

Nalco is the world's leading water treatment and process improvement company, delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to our customers. We help our customers reduce energy, water and other natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity and end products while boosting the bottom line. Together, our comprehensive solutions contribute to the sustainable development of customer operations. More than 11,500 Nalco employees operate in 130 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers to serve a broad range of end markets. In 2007, Nalco achieved sales of more than $3.9 billion. For more information visit www.nalco.com.

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This news release includes forward-looking statements, reflecting current analysis and expectations, based on what are believed to be reasonable assumptions. Forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results to differ materially from those projected, stated or implied, depending on many factors, including, without limitation: ability to generate cash, ability to raise capital, ability to refinance, the result of the pursuit of strategic alternatives, ability to execute work process redesign and reduce costs, ability to execute price increases, business climate, business performance, economic and competitive uncertainties, higher manufacturing costs, reduced level of customer orders, changes in strategies, risks in developing new products and technologies, environmental and safety regulations and clean-up costs, foreign exchange rates, the impact of changes in the regulation or value of pension fund assets and liabilities, changes in generally accepted accounting principles, adverse legal and regulatory developments, including increases in the number or financial exposures of claims, lawsuits, settlements or judgments, or the inability to eliminate or reduce such financial exposures by collecting indemnity payments from insurers, the impact of increased accruals and reserves for such exposures, weather-related factors, and adverse changes in economic and political climates around the world, including terrorism and international hostilities, and other risk factors identified by the Company. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the Company will meet future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. This paragraph is included to provide safe harbor for forward-looking statements, which are not generally required to be publicly revised as circumstances change, and which the Company does not intend to update.

CONTACT: Nalco Company
         Media Contact:
         Charlie Pajor
           630 305 1556
         Investor Contact:
         Mike Bushman
           630 305 1025
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