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REMINDER/Alcoa, Federal/State Agencies, other Groups Gather to Sign Agreement that Protects the Environment and Sustains Hydropower Generation Monday, May 10 at 1 p.m.

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REMINDER...for Monday (May 10)


WHO: Alcoa Power Generating Inc., American Rivers, Blount County,
 City of Alcoa, City of Maryville, Cross Creek Property
 Owners Association, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,
 Friends of Lake Santeetlah, Graham County, N.C., National
 Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association, North
 Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
 North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Tennessee
 Clean Water Network, Tennessee Department of Environment and
 Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, The
 Nature Conservancy's Tennessee Chapter, Town of Lake
 Santeetlah, Town of Robbinsville, U.S. Bureau of Indian
 Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service
 and Western North Carolina Alliance.

 In addition, we will have the honor of a special invited
 guest, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who recently filed the
 Senate bill to formalize the agreements.

WHAT: Ceremonial Signing of the Settlement Agreement that
 demonstrates the groups' dedication to work together to
 protect the environment and to continue hydropower
 generation. The ceremony will include the release of a
 yearling, orphaned bear into the wild. The cub was reared at
 the Appalachian Bear Center in Townsend.

WHEN: Monday, May 10, 2004, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Calderwood Overlook on Highway 129 in Blount County. In case
 of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Calderwood
 Hydroelectric Development building.

WHY: All of the groups involved are signing this agreement to
 show their commitment to the land protection, and
 environmental, recreational and cultural resources
 associated with the re-licensing of Alcoa Power Generating
 Inc.'s Tapoco hydroelectric project in Tennessee and Western
 North Carolina.

TOURS: Media tours of the Alcoa Power Generating Inc. hydroelectric
 facilities in Tennessee and North Carolina will be
 available. Please call by Thursday, May 6 to schedule an
 appointment for the tour. Maps and complete directions are
 available to the site.
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