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Congressman Lungren Visits AMPAC Fine Chemicals Lawmaker Tours Facility, Meets with Staff

Rancho Cordova, California – February 8, 2010 -- AMPAC Fine Chemicals LLC (AFC), a subsidiary of American Pacific Corporation (Nasdaq: APFC) today welcomed Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA) to its Rancho Cordova facility for a first-hand look at operations at the plant and discussions on a wide range of issues including green chemistry initiatives. AFC is a leading commercial scale manufacturer of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Intermediates that are used for helping patients with diseases such as AIDs and Cancer.

“We thank Congressman Lungren for visiting AFC and to gain a better understanding of our operations and the issues facing the pharmaceutical fine chemical industry in the U.S.” said Aslam Malik, President of AFC. “AFC is an important contributor in the Sacramento community where our associates live and work and it is important that our leaders understand the challenges we face in conducting our day-to-day business”

“I am impressed with the work AMPAC Fine chemicals is doing in support of the U.S. Pharmaceutical industry. They are producing products that enable solutions for fighting pandemic influenza, HIV, Cancer and Epilepsy, and are one of a few companies in the U.S. still engaged in this work. It is a privilege to have a company of their caliber located in California’s 3rd Congressional District,” stated Congressman Lungren.

“We are sincerely thankful to Congressman Lungren for taking the time from his busy schedule to visit us and recognize the contributions of our excellent team to make pharmaceutical manufacturing in the 21st century green and clean,” said Joe Carleone, Chief Executive Officer of AMPAC. “From our stellar regulatory and environmental record, to technical leadership that is second to none, we are always glad to host guests such as Congressman Lungren, his staff and our friends from SOCMA.”

Participants in the meeting with Lungren included Dr. Aslam Malik, President of AFC, James Pilney, VP Operations AFC, James Foster, Director of Human Resources and Public Relations AFC, Jeff Robinson, VP Quality and Regulatory Affairs AFC, Patrick Park, Advisor to the President AFC, Martha M. Murray, Director, EH&S Compliance for AFC, Marilyn Erbes, Administrative Director for Congressman Dan Lungren, and Elizabeth Stevulak, Government Relations Assistant Manager for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), a Washington, DC-based trade group serving batch chemical manufacturers. AMPAC has been a member of SOCMA since 2002.

Today’s meeting with Lungren was facilitated by SOCMA’s grassroots arm, SOCMA CONNECT.

ABOUT AMPAC FINE CHEMICALS LLC

AFC is a U.S.-based company with demonstrated capabilities in process development, scaleup, and cGMP-compliant commercial production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s) and registered intermediates for pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers. Its specially engineered facilities and experienced staff allow AFC to safely produce highly energetic compounds at commercial scale. In addition, AFC’s other technology platforms include production of highly potent compounds, continuous processes and industrial-scale chromatographic separation using simulated moving bed chromatography (SMB).

ABOUT AMERICAN PACIFIC CORPORATION

American Pacific Corporation (AMPAC) is a leading custom manufacturer of fine chemicals, specialty chemicals and propulsion products within its focused markets. We supply active pharmaceutical ingredients and advanced intermediates to the pharmaceutical industry. For the aerospace and defense industry we provide specialty chemicals used in solid rocket motors for space launch and military missiles. AMPAC also designs and manufactures liquid propulsion systems, valves and structures for space and missile defense applications. We produce clean agent chemicals for the fire protection industry, as well as electro-chemical equipment for the water treatment industry. Our products are designed to meet customer specifications and often must meet certain governmental and regulatory approvals. Additional information about us can be obtained by visiting our web site at www.apfc.com.

ABOUT SOCMA

SOCMA is the leading trade association, serving the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry since 1921. SOCMA’s nearly 300 members employ more than 100,000 workers across the country and produce 50,000 products valued at $60 billion annually. For more information please visit www.socma.com.

ABOUT SOCMA CONNECT

SOCMA CONNECT is SOCMA’s grassroots network designed to motivate and encourage participating members to help shape the laws that affect the chemical manufacturing industry.

For more information please visit www.socmaconnect.com

SOURCE American Pacific Corporation

Technical Contact:
William DuBay, Ph.D., Vice President,
Technology and Business Development
AMPAC Fine Chemicals
+1 (800) 311 9668

Investor Contact:
Deanna Riccardi
American Pacific Corporation
+1 (702) 735-2200