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CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY RECEIVES NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNITION

    CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY RECEIVES NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNITION
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company today received national certification for wildlife habitat development projects at the electric generating plants it operates near Bay City, Erie, Ludington, Muskegon and Port Sheldon, Mich.
    The certification came from the Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Council (WHEC) during its annual symposium held in Washington.
    Consumers Power first developed formal environmental enhancement and wildlife habitat plans for its major electric generating facilities in 1987.  At that time it was one of the first utilities in the United States to have developed such plans.
    "Today's national certification for our environmental projects at the Karn/Weadock complex, the J.R. Whiting plant, the Ludington Pumped Storage plant, the B.C. Cobb plant, and the J.H. Campbell complex, is a testament to our employees' sense of stewardship," said the utility's senior vice president, John W. Clark.
    "More than 290 acres of property at these five generating facilities are dedicated to environmental enhancement and protection projects," said Joyce M. Kelly, executive director of WHEC.  "These projects have protected important habitats and contributed to the welfare of Michigan's flora and fauna," said Kelly.
    "Through these projects Consumers Power has opened new avenues for young and old students of nature," Kelly said.
    Highlights of the certification for each facility include:
    Karn/Weadock, Bay City:  Common tern nesting habitat program; walleye rearing pond program; bluebird and wood duck nest box program; preservation program for unique plants.
    J.R. Whiting, Erie:  Protection program for a threatened plant species; freshwater marsh management program.
    Ludington Pumped Storage plant, Ludington:  Eastern bluebird nest box program.
    B.C. Cobb, Muskegon:  Wildlife shrub planting program; wood duck and eastern bluebird nest box programs.
    J.H. Campbell, Port Sheldon:  Ground nesting cover program; nest boxes for a variety of birds, including eastern bluebirds; bat roosting box; sand dune forest preservation; creation of a butterfly garden.
    The five Consumers Power sites are part of several corporate environmental projects nationwide which are being recognized and included in WHEC's International Registry of Corporate Wildlife Enhancement Projects.  WHEC is a national nonprofit conservation/business coalition dedicated to creating wildlife habitat on private lands.
    Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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    /CONTACT:  Charles MacInnis, Consumers Power News and Information, 517-788-0333/
    (CMS) CO:  Consumers Power Company; Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Council ST:  Michigan IN: SU: SM -- DE018 -- 4911 11/19/91 11:25 EST
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