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CEI'S PERRY POWER PLANT OPERATES IN SYNC WITH NATURE

 CEI'S PERRY POWER PLANT OPERATES IN SYNC WITH NATURE
 CLEVELAND, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Once again, the environment is the clear winner in the Perry Power Plant's "Annual Environmental Operating Report" submitted last week to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
 "The operation of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant did not result in any significant adverse environmental impact in 1991," summarized the report prepared by the Perry Power Plant's Environmental Monitoring section.
 The 60-page report details the results of the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company's intensive environmental monitoring program which examines the plant's radiological effects on air, water, vegetation, soil, animals and fish. More than 1,200 samples were taken in 1991 at various sites surrounding the plant and up to 22 miles away.
 The environmental samples are analyzed and compared to samples taken before the plant began operation. The radiological monitoring program at Perry began in 1981, with control samples being taken in the early 1970s. The results have been the same since the plant began commercial operation in 1986 -- "The 1991 operation of the plant caused no significant change in the quality of the environment."
 "While we're pleased with the results of the report, it comes as no surprise," said Perry Power Plant environmentalist Louise Barton. "The report verifies what we already knew. One, the plant is operating as it was designed and, two, plant operations have no effect on the environment."
 In addition to radiological monitoring, the report also describes the land use census completed each year, the effect of clam and mussel shells on plant operations, herbicide use around the plant and special reports.
 In 1991, the plant completed a record-breaking year by producing more megawatts than any previous year and ranking 18th in the world for the amount of megawatts produced. The plant is nearing completion of a two-month maintenance and refueling outage.
 The 1,250 megawatt Perry Power Plant provides electricity to seven million people in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The Perry Power Plant is operated by the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, a subsidiary of Centerior Energy Corporation (NYSE: CX), for a consortium of five electric utilities including the Toledo Edison Company (also a Centerior Energy subsidiary), the Ohio Edison Company, Pennsylvania Power Company and Duquesne Light Company.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Phyfer of the Perry Power Plant, 216-259-3737, ext. 5519; or 216-623-1060 after hours/
 (CX) CO: Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company ST: Ohio IN: UTI SU:


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