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PECO JOINS MINE RECLAMATION EFFORT -- TO SAVE COSTS, REDUCE LANDFILL DISPOSAL, AID RESEARCH

 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PECO) is embarking on a program that will utilize byproducts of its coal-fired power production to save costs, avoid landfill disposal, and contribute to mine reclamation efforts in Pennsylvania's anthracite region.
 In addition, PECO is assisting in research for new applications for some of the 150,000 tons of fly ash and bottom ash generated annually by coal combustion at its Eddystone Generating Station, in Delaware County, and Cromby Generating Station, in Chester County.
 Fly ash is a very fine powder and bottom ash is a cinder-like material left behind after coal is burned in the plant boilers.
 Beneficial utilization of coal ash, such as a composite in building materials like boards and concrete, is becoming an active pursuit for utilities, miners, the construction industry, and others, particularly in regions where landfilling is a less practical option.
 PECO said it expects to save at least $500,000 in the next year by sending its coal ash to two Schuylkill County mines, rather than to a landfill.
 PECO said it awarded three-year contracts for taking the coal ash to The Garrett Group, of Pottsville, and Centralia Coal Sales Inc., of Wilkes-Barre. Both firms are involved with mining in Porter Township.
 Operators of active or current mines have an obligation to restore the scarred areas to their natural condition. The restoration, known as mine reclamation, involves the filling of the earthen void from coal excavation to its natural contour. In some cases, the original soil and rock dug out when the mine was opened is used, supplemented by additional fill.
 In this case, coal ash is used to fill the "open pit" with a simple soil covering. This method is more desirable since it improves the area's groundwater when the alkalinity of coal ash neutralizes the acidity of mine drainage.
 PECO also provides fly ash and bottom ash, in smaller quantities, to other vendors involved in research applications that are expected to expand in the coming years. The ash are mixed with other materials to more cheaply make construction materials.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Wood of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-4125/
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