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INNOVATIVE POLLUTION CONTROL PROJECT AT MILLIKEN STATION WILL MEAN CLEANER AIR FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

 BINGHAMTON, N.Y., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) (NYSE: NGE) on Aug. 23 officially kicked off its Clean Coal Technology Demonstration Project at Milliken Generating Station on Cayuga Lake north of Ithaca, N.Y.
 The project, which is the keystone of the company's effort to comply with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, involves installing an advanced flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system, or scurbber, to dramatically reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions from the plant, starting in 1995.
 This FGD technology has a special feature. Solid residue from the scrubber will be marketable so there will be no waste that must be buried in a landfill. Gypsum will be sold for use in wallboard and calcium chloride will be sold as a deicer or dust suppressant. Waste water from the scrubber will be treated and reused.
 This new technology has earned the Milliken project considerable financial support from the federal government and research agencies nationwide. The Department of Energy is funding $45 million of the $159 million cost of the project through its Clean Coal Technology Program. Two years ago NYSEG was one of only nine successful applicants out of 33 for Clean Coal Technology funds. Other organizations funding the project include:
 -- Electric Power Research Institute $7 million;
 -- Empire State Electric Energy Research
 Corporation $7 million;
 -- CONSOL, Inc. $2 million;
 -- New York State Energy Research and
 Development Authority $1 million.
 "This is indeed a happy and memorable occasion," said James A. Carrigg, NYSEG's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are here to highlight our progress in installing highly efficient systems for reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from our Milliken plant. And we are here to recognize the significant contribution these systems will make to cleaner air for generations to come."
 The FGD technology, developed by Saarberg-Hoelter Umwelttechnik in Germany and to be demonstrated in this country for the first time, involves spraying a slurry of water and crushed limestone into flue gases. The limestone then absorbs sulfur dioxide. The system under construction at Milliken Station will remove up to 98 percent of the plant's sulfur dioxide emissions. Additional changes to the generating station will reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides.
 "The coupling of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the DOE's Clean Coal Technology Program have encouraged industry to demonstrate innovative ways to use coal while limiting its environmental impact," said Congressman Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-N.Y.), who was recognized for his efforts in support of the Milliken project. "This shining example of a business-government partnership will ensure that we are going to have a cleaner environment for our children and grandchildren."
 The scrubber at Milliken Station will be the second in New York State. The only one presently in operation is at NYSEG's Kintigh Generating Station on Lake Ontario, northeast of Lockport.
 NYSEG's partners in the Milliken project include:
 -- Nalco Fuel Tech from Naperville, Ill., which is installing a nitrogen oxides control technology.
 -- Stebbins Engineering and Manufacturing Company of Watertown, N.Y., which is providing the ceramic tile liner for the scrubber.
 -- Gilbert/Commonwealth of Reading, Pa., which is supplying engineering and construction management services.
 -- ENSR Consulting and Engineering of Acton, Mass., which is NYSEG's environmental consultant and is providing air quality monitoring services.
 -- ABB Air Preheater of Wellsville, N.Y., which is designing and manufacturing a device to capture heat from flue gases. The heat will be used to preheat combustion air.
 -- Galson Corporation of Raleigh, N.C., which is performing air impact monitoring.
 -- Acentech of Cambridge, Mass., which is NYSEG's noise abatement consultant.
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 /CONTACT: Clayton Ellis of NYSEG Corporate Communications, 607-762-4301/
 (NGE)


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