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PERRY POWER PLANT TO BUILD LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE PROCESSING FACILITY; WILL INCLUDE TEMPORARY STORAGE FACILITY

 PERRY POWER PLANT TO BUILD LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE
 PROCESSING FACILITY; WILL INCLUDE TEMPORARY STORAGE FACILITY
 CLEVELAND, August 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI) (NYSE: CX) today announced plans to construct a low-level radioactive waste processing facility at its Perry Power Plant that will reduce costs by $250,000 annually. In addition, the building will include a storage facility for the temporary safe storage of low-level radioactive waste.
 Construction of the $1.7 million facility will begin in September and should be completed by January, 1993.
 The building will include a 50' by 130' processing area where low- level radioactive waste produced at the plant will be sorted, shredded, compacted and packaged for shipment. These waste materials include paper and cardboard packaging, unusable clothing, tools, filter resins, and plant components. This new facility will help save the company processing costs previously paid to an outside contractor.
 In addition, the facility will include a 66' by 100' area for up to five years of temporary storage.
 "The uncertainty of continued access to a permanent low-level waste storage facility leaves us and 52 other producers of low-level waste in Ohio with no alternative but to make temporary accommodations for safe, on-site storage," said Michael D. Lyster, vice president-Perry Nuclear.
 The waste will be compacted and stored in metal boxes especially designed for the transport and disposal of radioactive waste. The boxes will be placed in a concrete structure and monitored. The radioactive particles in this waste emit the same types of radiation that everyone receives from nature; most fades away to natural levels in months or years.
 "This temporary storage facility will have no radiological effect on the environment or the public," said Lyster. "The safety of employees, the environment, and the public were the prime considerations when it was designed."
 Safety features include 12-inch thick concrete walls; fire protection and suppression systems, and radiation monitoring systems. The structure will store five years of low-level waste produced at the Perry Plant, approximately 38,000 cubic feet.
 Lyster explained that access to the nation's three commercial low- level waste permanent storage sites -- located in Hanford, Wash.; Beatty, Nev.; and Barnwell, S.C. -- will likely be discontinued by the end of this year. Only the Barnwell site has indicated that limited access will be maintained for permanent waste storage but that access depends on progress being made by the nation's nine regional waste compacts in siting and constructing permanent low-level waste storage facilities.
 Ohio is the designated host-state for a six-state regional waste compact -- the Midwest compact. Other member states include Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.
 Temporary low-level waste storage facilities at the Perry Power Plant, like similar facilities throughout the Midwest Compact, are necessary until a permanent low-level waste storage facility is constructed. That central facility is designed to accept low-level waste for 20 years from commercial low-level waste generators within the Midwest Compact. After 20 years, another state will take its turn as host.
 Both Ohio State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton have announced plans to construct on-site low-level waste storage facilities. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, operated by Toledo Edison, already has a temporary low-level waste storage facility in place.
 "We will continue to ship low-level waste to the Barnwell site as long as we have access," added Lyster. "Access could be maintained through mid-1994, but that depends on progress being made in Ohio."
 The 1,250 megawatt Perry Power Plant provides electricity to seven million people in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. It is owned by a consortium of five electric utilities: The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (owner/operator) and Toledo Edison, both operating subsidiaries of Centerior Energy Corporation; Ohio Edison; Pennsylvania Power Company, a subsidiary of Ohio Edison; and Duquesne Light Company.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Phyfer of Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, 216-259-3737 ext. 5519, or 216-623-1060 after hours/
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