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NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY APPROVES ESTABLISHMENT OF NUCLEAR ADVISORY PANEL

 LEWISTON, N.Y., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Power Authority trustees Tuesday approved establishment of a Nuclear Advisory Committee to give them independent advice and assistance concerning operation of the Power Authority's two nuclear power plants.
 The action, taken at a meeting at the Power Authority's Niagara Power Project, is the latest in a series of measures to improve performance at the plants--Indian Point 3 in Westchester County and James A. FitzPatrick in Oswego County.
 Establishment of the committee had been recommended in a report to the trustees in early June by PRISM Consulting of Emeryville, Calif.
 "This is a major step in our efforts to achieve excellence at our nuclear plants," Power Authority chairman Richard M. Flynn said. "The committee will consist of experts with experience in successful nuclear operations. It will report directly to the trustees and will give us objective advice on an ongoing basis."
 Flynn said the names of potential committee members and their proposed compensation will be submitted for approval at a future trustees' meeting.
 The committee will include at least three persons, with one designated as its chairman. No past or present Power Authority employees will be eligible, and at least two members will have had commercial nuclear power experience. Members will be appointed to one- year terms, renewable with approval of the Power Authority's trustees.
 Committee reports to the Power Authority will cover three major areas -- safe, reliable and economic operation of the two nuclear power plants; effectiveness of the management of nuclear operations; and effectiveness of management systems to identify and correct actual and potential problems. The panel will recommend actions to the Power Authority's trustees as appropriate.
 Ralph E. Beedle, the Power Authority's executive vice president, nuclear operations, will be the principal staff liaison with the committee, which also will maintain contact with other Power Authority officers and staff members.
 In addition to major personnel changes in its headquarters and at the plants, the Power Authority is carrying out extensive performance improvement programs at both facilities. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last Friday (June 25) added Indian Point 3 to its list of plants requiring close monitoring and retained FitzPatrick on the list. However, the NRC noted progress at both plants.
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 /CONTACT: Laurence Frech of New York Power Authority, 212-468-6351/


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