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THE SOUTHERN COMPANY NAMES VICE PRESIDENT - ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

    THE SOUTHERN COMPANY NAMES VICE PRESIDENT - ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
    ATLANTA, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Southern Company board of directors has elected Bob Woodall vice president, environmental policy.
    In this new position, Woodall will be responsible for developing a strategic environmental plan that will be a major factor in the business planning process for each Southern Company subsidiary.
    The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the parent firm of five electric utilities:  Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, and Savannah Electric.  The Southern Company's common stock is one of the 20 most widely held corporate stocks in America.
    Woodall also has been selected to serve as vice president for enviromental policy at Georgia Power.
    "Our companies already fully meet and often exceed the letter of the law on all enviromental regulations," said Southern Company President Edward L. Addison.  "The creation of this position takes us one step further -- and demonstrates our commitment to becoming a recognized leader in environmental stewardship."
    Addison noted that The Southern Company has adopted a formal environmental policy that "affirms the importance of making wise use of our natural resources."
    The policy includes the following key points:
    -- Meeting or surpassing all environmental laws and verifying this commitment through environmental audits;
    -- Seeking to ensure that environmental laws and regulations are based on sound science and cost-effective technology;
    -- Pursuing opportunities to enhance the environment;
    -- Promoting understanding of environmental issues; and,
    -- Making employees aware of their role in carrying out this policy.
    Woodall will report to Paul DeNicola, executive vice president and group executive of The Southern Company.
    Woodall, 46, began his career with The Southern Company in 1972 as an environmental specialist at Georgia Power.  He advanced through positions of increasing responsibility and, in 1980, was named Georgia Power's general manager, environmental affairs.
    Woodall spent most of 1991 working on a special project to assess The Southern Company's environmental policy.  He also has served as environmental issues manager in The Southern Company's Washington office.
    A native of Macon, Ga., Woodall earned a bachelor's degree in zoology, a master's degree in entomology, and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Georgia.
    Prior to joining Georgia Power, Woodall worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the University of Georgia.
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    /CONTACT:  David Mould of The Southern Company, 404-455-1077/
    (SO) CO:  The Southern Company ST:  Georgia IN:  UTI SU:  PER BR-BN -- AT009 -- 9730 12/05/91 14:09 EST
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