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Con Edison Media Relations
Richard D. Mulieri, Director
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: September 18, 1997


Con Edison's program to reduce opacity (smoke and soot) emissions from its New York City power plants was described as a model for the utility industry by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

In a press release issued today by the DEC, Commissioner John P. Cahill said, "Con Ed has done an outstanding job of improving its compliance with opacity standards." The Commissioner also stated, "Con Ed has largely solved its opacity problems through an aggressive program that can serve as a model for the utility industry."

"Con Edison is gratified that the DEC has recognized the aggressive efforts of our employees to help ensure a clear smoke-free skyline for New Yorkers," said M. Peter Lanahan, Jr., Con Edison's vice president of environment, health and safety. The company voluntarily began a strict program to reduce opacity levels in early 1994, and will continue to strive toward decreasing opacity incidents."

The company's opacity reduction program is a direct result of a renewed commitment to environmental excellence in all its operations. Employees are trained to not only meet environmental laws, but are encouraged to be leaders in areas such as waste recycling, hazardous waste management and operating company facilities to ensure that air and and water quality impacts are as small as possible.

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