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SOUTHERN OHIO COAL WINS COURT APPROVAL; BEGINS PUMPING WATER FROM MEIGS NO. 31 MINE

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith today issued a 60-day temporary restraining order that will allow Southern Ohio Coal Company (SOCCO) to remove water from its Meigs No. 31 mine in southeastern Ohio.
 Pumping was to begin today in an effort to restore the mine to productive operation. Meigs No. 31 was idled when water from an adjoining, sealed mine entered the facility on July 11.
 The court's directive precludes the U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) from enforcing a cessation notice that prevented SOCCO from initiating its water removal plan.
 The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approved the plan with certain conditions on July 26, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Board of Reclamation Review that same day allowed the plant to go forward.
 OSM had issued its cessation order, which today's ruling nullified, on July 29, after SOCCO informed the agency of its intent to begin pumping under the state's approval.
 Residents along the streams which will receive the mine water have been notified of the plan. Other federal and state regulatory and environmental agencies have also been contacted. SOCCO officials have acknowledged the plan will result in some water quality changes during pumping which will take place over the next 30 days, and that some fish and other aquatic life in the receiving streams will not survive the change.
 The Ohio EPA findings and orders permitting the pumping operation to begin include a set of stringent conditions for biological and water quality monitoring and restoring the streams after pumping.
 SOCCO is a subsidiary of Ohio Power Company, an operating company of Columbus-based American Electric Power Co., Inc. (NYSE: AEP).
 SOCCO and an environmental consulting firm have already surveyed water quality, fish and other aquatic life in the affected streams.
 Water levels in the mine have so far prevented determining a cause of the flooding or the extent of damage to the mine and its equipment. Following pumping, SOCCO plans to evaluate the equipment, as well as repair damaged sections of the mine and damaged equipment.
 Meigs No. 2 mine remains in operation, as do the surface facilities of the Meigs division.
 It is not possible to accurately estimate environmental mitigation costs and the costs of restoring mine operations at this time, SOCCO officials said.
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 /CONTACT: Luke M. Feck, senior vice president-public affairs of American Electric Power Service Corporation, 614-223-1650/
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