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 BEAUMONT, Texas, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Gulf States Utilities Company (NYSE: GSU) board of directors took action today (Sept. 17) to approve personnel changes at the River Bend Nuclear Project, according to Joseph L. Donnelly, the utility's chairman, president, and chief executive officer.
 Donnelly said that the changes are being made to prepare the plant for operation as part of the proposed GSU business combination with Entergy Corporation and to strengthen management of nuclear operations at the plant. Reported Donnelly, "A good way to prepare for operation as part of the Entergy system is to bring into GSU management officers intimately familiar with the Entergy nuclear business. It is a positive step toward a smooth transition. In addition, bringing in personnel with strong operations backgrounds will strengthen nuclear management capabilities."
 Planned merger activities have been achieved on or ahead of schedule. Major milestones have been reached in the approval process, including conditional or recommended approvals at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Louisiana Public Service Commission. As the work of joint GSU/Entergy integration teams has progressed, it is apparent that it makes sense for Entergy Operations to begin actively supporting River Bend. According to Donnelly, management of both companies feel that significant benefits will be achieved by the moves.
 Entergy consolidated its own separate nuclear operations under a single nuclear operating company in 1990, and has seen significant improvements in performance from all of its nuclear plants. Through consolidation, plant staff expertise and successful operating practices from each nuclear unit can be shared with the other sites. A small central organization supports all nuclear sites with administrative, engineering and maintenance expertise. This consolidated, focused system of nuclear management has been advocated by regulators and industry peer groups as effective in improving nuclear plant performance.
 Harold W. Keiser, Entergy Operations Inc. executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named senior vice president of Gulf States with responsibility for nuclear operations, reporting to Donnelly. He will continue his position as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Entergy Operations Inc.
 Philip D. Graham, who has been vice president-River Bend Nuclear Group, has been named vice president-nuclear integration. Said Donnelly, "Phil Graham will have the responsibility for representing GSU in the integration of nuclear operations. His operations experience will be a critical asset in that effort."
 John R. McGaha, who has been vice president, operations support at Entergy Operations, Inc. has been elected vice president of Gulf States with responsibility for the River Bend Nuclear Group.
 Keiser and Graham have each received certification from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as senior reactor operators. McGaha has senior reactor operator management certification.
 Keiser, who joined Entergy Operations, Inc. in March 1993, has been responsible for overseeing all operations and engineering functions for the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Arkansas Nuclear One (units 1 and 2), and Waterford 3 nuclear unit. Prior to joining Entergy Operations, Inc., he was senior vice president-nuclear with Pennsylvania Power & Light. He joined PP&L in 1980 as plant manager at Susquehanna Nuclear Station. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1968. He has a B.S. in metallurgy and an M.S. in nuclear engineering, both from the University of Illinois.
 McGaha, who has been with the Entergy organization since 1978, has been responsible for corporate support for the Entergy Corporation's three nuclear plants since June 1991. He served as plant manager of the Waterford 3 nuclear unit from May 1989 to June 1991. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1975, and in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1976 to 1993. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Tulane University.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Huff Gilley of Gulf States Utilities Company, 409-839-2846/

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