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BIG ROCK POINT NUCLEAR PLANT CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

 BIG ROCK POINT NUCLEAR PLANT CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
 CHARLEVOIX, Mich., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company's


Big Rock Point plant -- a pioneer among nuclear power plants -- will observe two significant milestones in ceremonies to be held Aug. 5, 1992: its 30th anniversary of operation and a 15-year record of exceptional safety performance.
 In recognition of the two achievements, public tours will be conducted at the plant the weeks of July 27 and Aug. 3. Tickets for the tours are available at the Petoskey and Charlevoix chambers of commerce. A special ceremony for plant employees, retirees, business, industry and governmental leaders will be held Aug. 5.
 The power plant identified by the big green ball and red and white stack is located between Charlevoix and Petoskey. Michigan's first operating nuclear power plant and the nation's fifth, Big Rock Point is capable of producing 67 megawatts of electricity.
 The first controlled nuclear chain reaction was achieved at Big Rock Point on Sept. 27, 1962. The first commercially generated electricity was introduced into the Consumers Power statewide electrical grid on Dec. 8, 1962.
 On Aug. 3, 1992, Big Rock Point employees will have worked 15 years without an accident serious enough to cause any of them to miss work, making the plant perhaps the safest industrial worksite in the state.
 William L. Beckman, Big Rock Point plant manager, said the plant's success over the past 30 years is a direct result of employee efforts. "It is our employees' dedication to our basic philosophy that we will operate the plant only if we can do it safely that has enabled us to generate electricity for the past 30 years. Fifteen years without a lost-time accident speaks for itself, as do the numerous other safety awards our employees have earned," he said.
 Big Rock Point set a world record for boiling water reactors in 1976-77 by operating for 343 consecutive days. In 1987, the plant was honored by General Electric for achieving the best availability, 95.5 percent, of any GE-designed nuclear plant worldwide. In 1991, the plant generated its 10 millionth megawatt and was named a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.
 Noting that Big Rock Point is now the nation's oldest operating reactor, Beckman said he expects the plant to remain a leader in the industry.
 "As we look back over the past 30 years, we have much to be proud of at Big Rock Point. We have been safely generating electricity since the days of John F. Kennedy and providing necessary power for homes, businesses and industry," he said. "But we must not, and will not, become complacent. If you stay steady and don't continuously improve, you fall behind. We have no intention of falling behind."
 Owned and operated by Consumers Power Company, Big Rock Point is capable of producing 67 megawatts of electricity, enough to serve a community of 50,000 people.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
 BIG ROCK POINT MILESTONES
 07/20/60 Ground breaking for construction of Big Rock Point,
 Michigan's first nuclear power plant.
 09/27/62 First sustained chain reaction.
 12/08/62 Big Rock Point synchronized with statewide
 Consumers Power Company power grid.
 07/23/77 Big Rock Point completes continuous operating run
 of 343 days, setting world record for boiling water
 reactors.
 08/03/82 Plant employees complete five years without a lost-
 time accident.
 12/31/83 Plant employees complete 1.5 million hours of work
 without a lost-time accident and earn the National
 Safety Council's Award of Merit.
 10/11/85 Plant employees complete 2 million hours of work
 without a lost-time accident.
 06/09/87 General Electric honors Big Rock Point for
 achieving the best availability (95.5) of any
 GE-designed plant worldwide.
 08/03/87 Plant employees achieve 10 years without a lost-
 time accident.
 03/03/91 Big Rock Point reaches production milestone of
 10 million megawatts.
 11/15/91 Dedication of the Big Rock Point site specific
 simulator - the nuclear industry's first site
 specific simulator built by employees using
 personal computer-based technology.
 06/04/91 Big Rock Point named a Nuclear Historic Landmark by
 the American Nuclear Society - the world's first
 high power-density boiling water reactor and an
 important research site for the nuclear industry.
 02/26/92 Big Rock Point becomes the oldest operating nuclear
 power plant in the United States.
 08/03/92 Plant employees achieve 15 years without a lost-
 time accident.
 09/27/92 Big Rock Point 30-year operating anniversary.
 -0- 7/24/92
 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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