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REMINDER/Alcoa, Federal/State Agencies, other Groups Gather to Sign Agreement that Protects the Environment and Sustains Hydropower Generation Monday, May 10 at 1 p.m.

Business Editors/Assignment Desks/Environment Writers

REMINDER...for Monday Monday: see week.  (May 10)


WHO:      Alcoa Power Generating Inc., American Rivers, Blount County,
          City of Alcoa, City of Maryville, Cross Creek Property
          Owners Association, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,
          Friends of Lake Santeetlah, Graham County, N.C., National
          Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association, North
          Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
          North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Tennessee
          Clean Water Network, Tennessee Department of Environment and
          Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, The
          Nature Conservancy's Tennessee Chapter, Town of Lake
          Santeetlah, Town of Robbinsville, U.S. Bureau of Indian
          Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service
          and Western North Carolina Alliance.

          In addition, we will have the honor of a special invited
          guest, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who recently filed the
          Senate bill to formalize the agreements.

WHAT:     Ceremonial Signing of the Settlement Agreement that
          demonstrates the groups' dedication to work together to
          protect the environment and to continue hydropower
          generation. The ceremony will include the release of a
          yearling, orphaned bear into the wild. The cub was reared at
          the Appalachian Bear Center in Townsend.

WHEN:     Monday, May 10, 2004, 1 p.m.

WHERE:    Calderwood Overlook on Highway 129 in Blount County. In case
          of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Calderwood
          Hydroelectric Development building.

WHY:      All of the groups involved are signing this agreement to
          show their commitment to the land protection, and
          environmental, recreational and cultural resources
          associated with the re-licensing of Alcoa Power Generating
          Inc.'s Tapoco hydroelectric project in Tennessee and Western
          North Carolina.

TOURS:    Media tours of the Alcoa Power Generating Inc. hydroelectric
          facilities in Tennessee and North Carolina will be
          available. Please call by Thursday, May 6 to schedule an
          appointment for the tour. Maps and complete directions are
          available to the site.
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