News Release
June 04, 1999

DUKE POWER PROVIDES EARLY SUMMARY OF "TRI" DATA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Power today made available a summary of the "toxics release inventory" (TRI) data that the company officially will report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in July of this year.

The report on TRI chemicals released from its coal-fired power plants is the company's first to the EPA under extended reporting requirements stemming from the 1986 Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA).

"We have always run our plants with environmental integrity," said Curtis Davis, Duke Power's senior vice president – power generation, "and we will continue to do so. That means operating our plants safely, efficiently and within the limits set by EPA to protect public health. It also means providing accurate and complete reports on our operations, such as the TRI report."

In July 1999, the company will report to the EPA approximately 22 million pounds of TRI materials released from its eight coal-fired power plants during 1998. (A summary is attached.)

"It is important to recognize that the TRI list is not a judgment or decision about the environmental impact of any of these chemicals," Davis noted. He said that EPA's intent with this report is only to provide information.

"Electricity is an essential service to our communities," Davis said. "We're confident that we are providing that service with the degree of environmental integrity and stewardship our customers have come to expect from us."

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to nearly two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Power operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system capability is 19,252 megawatts.

Duke Energy (NYSE-DUK) is a global energy company with more than $26 billion in assets. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company reaches into more than 50 countries, producing energy, transporting energy, marketing energy and providing energy services. In the United States, Duke Energy companies provide electric service in North Carolina and South Carolina; operate interstate pipelines that deliver natural gas to various regions of the country; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com

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