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PHILADELPHIA ELECTRIC DEDICATES NEW EMERGENCY OPERATIONS FACILITY

 PHILADELPHIA ELECTRIC DEDICATES NEW EMERGENCY OPERATIONS FACILITY
 PHILADELPHIA, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) today dedicated a new, $4.5 million Emergency Operations Facility and Emergency News Center (EOF/ENC) on North Caln Road in Coatesville, Pa.
 The 22,000-square-foot facility centralizes the company's nuclear Emergency Response Organization between the Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County, Pa., and the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in York County, Pa., in the unlikely event of an emergency at either plant.
 It will also be used extensively for nuclear and non-nuclear training involving PE personnel and area emergency response organizations, as well as for other community activities.
 In a special dedication ceremony, PE President and Chief Operating Officer Corbin A. McNeill Jr. said, "We gather today in one of the most modern emergency facilities available anywhere in the world. This building, with its state-of-the-art communications capability, underscores Philadelphia Electric Company's commitment to public safety and to protecting the environment."
 Approximately 150 federal, state and local officials attended the dedication ceremony. Keynote speaker Joseph L. LaFleur, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said, "This advancement in emergency management capabilities by PE is the type of commitment the state looks for, not just as a symbol, but as a true sign of implementation of a myriad of federal, and state safety regulations."
 The EOF is where PE personnel would coordinate emergency response activities. It is also the official point of contact with federal, state and county agencies. The ENC is where PE would communicate information to the public through the news media.
 The facility is equipped with an emergency command center, an auditorium for press briefings, a media work room, and offices for state and federal agencies.
 The Emergency Operations Facility can display the actual computer screens from the control rooms of both nuclear plants. McNeill says that means "members of the public get up-to-the minute information on the status of any emergency, making it possible for steps to be taken quickly to protect the public welfare."
 The new facility was paid for by PE and the other joint owners of Peach Bottom: Public Service Electric & Gas, Atlantic City Electric Co., and Delmarva Power & Light Co.
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