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JOHN GARRITY, NEW RESIDENT MANAGER AT NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY'S INDIAN POINT 3 NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, BRINGS 23 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO THE JOB

 BUCHANAN, N.Y., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The new resident manager at the New York Power Authority's Indian Point 3 Nuclear Power Plant says he has a clear idea of what needs to be done to improve plant operations -- and how to do it.
 "We need better communications and sharing of information inside the plant, and better management control," said John Garrity, who took the reins at the plant Thursday.
 "I've been through similar situations at other nuclear plants. I've learned specific ways to increase information flow, and verify that it's correct," said the 44-year-old Garrity, who has worked for 23 years in the nuclear power industry.
 "Experience has shown me that these methods are effective. I look forward to working with the staff at Indian Point 3 in making this one of the best-run nuclear plants in the country."
 Garrity's experience includes positions as vice president at two utilities -- Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co. and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
 In recent years, he has directed efforts to resolve significant problems at two nuclear power plants and to achieve major improvements in ratings from federal regulators at a third.
 Two keys to success, he said, are that "simpler is better," and that smart managers give their workers the flexibility to do their jobs right.
 He said it's also important that someone be assigned responsibility for each job, although most can be accomplished only through teamwork.
 Garrity said people doing the work can be the best sources of information for improvements, and management must create an atmosphere where problems are resolved quickly.
 He's developed a five-point program to measure whether work is successful. The points review whether the work is useful the first time, without being redone; whether it's cost-effective; whether it's delivered on time; whether the customer is satisfied; and whether the work process is continuously improved.
 "There's no magic to any of this," he said. "But it's important to remember these fundamental management principles."
 Garrity's most recent position was site vice president for the TVA's Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, where he developed a two-year plan to resolve problems while keeping essential work in progress.
 Previously, in a similar position at the TVA's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, he suspended construction because of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) concerns, then successfully resumed the program under improved management procedures.
 Before joining the TVA staff in 1990, Garrity was vice president for engineering and licensing at Maine Yankee.
 He began his career as an engineer at Maine Yankee, then worked at Central Maine Power Co. before returning to Maine Yankee in 1980. After presiding over the improvement in NRC ratings as plant manager at the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station from 1984 to 1988, he was promoted to assistant vice president and then to vice president.
 Garrity is a native of Fall River, Mass., and a 1970 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is married to the former Susan McGann and they have a son, J.T., 14, and a daughter, Ellen, 12.
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 /CONTACT: James F.X. Steets of the New York Power Authority, 914-736-8081/


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