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PEACH BOTTOM GENERATES KNOWLEDGE WITH EXCHANGE TRIP TO JAPAN

 PEACH BOTTOM GENERATES KNOWLEDGE WITH EXCHANGE TRIP TO JAPAN
 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A small group of operations, maintenance, engineering and plant services employees from Philadelphia Electric Company's (NYSE: PE) Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in York County, Pa., will be traveling to Japan next month to complete an exchange visit with members of Tokyo Electric Power Company, (TEPCO) Inc.
 The six Peach Bottom employees will be leaving Nov. 7 for a two-week trip to their "sister" plant in Tokyo.
 Last spring, Peach Bottom and TEPCO's Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Station formed a "sister" relationship to exchange information across the globe. In August, six engineers, nuclear operators and managers from the Japanese power station visited Peach Bottom to share information on plant operations and management procedures. Now, the Peach Bottom team will reciprocate and make the trip to Japan.
 Japan has one of the largest nuclear power programs in the world. At Kashiwazaki Kariwa, all the nuclear plants in operation or under construction are boiling water reactors (BWR's) similar to Peach Bottom's. According to Donald B. Miller Jr., vice president of Peach Bottom, "This trip gives us the unique opportunity to explore and understand their procedures. Our technical team will bring back valuable information about the way the Japanese do business that we may be able to incorporate here."
 The Peach Bottom team includes: Darryl P. Le Quia, plant services superintendent, of Strasburg, Pa., Jerry A. Kernaghan, maintenance supervisor, of Millersville, Pa., Thomas J. Niessen, Jr., operations superintendent, of Oxford, Pa., Drew D. Odell, senior chemist, of Lancaster, Pa., Alfred E. Stuart, Jr., technical advisor, of Downingtown, Pa., and J.Michael Weaver, shift supervisor, of Quarryville, Pa. They were selected because of their technical knowledge. In preparation for the trip, the employees are taking a Japanese language and culture class. Two interpreters will also accompany the group.
 In addition to visiting the power plant, the team members plan to meet their counterparts at Tokyo Electric Power Company headquarters and tour the maintenance engineering training center.
 The exchange visits were arranged through the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Atlanta Center. The program has sponsored more than 56 plant-to-plant exchange visits in the past two and a half years. Miller said, "The exchanges give us the opportunity to see how other countries manage some of the issues common to the nuclear industry like new plant construction, regulatory programs training and waste management."
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