SOURCE: US Power Generating Company

US Power Generating Company

June 23, 2009 10:17 ET

USPowerGen's Astoria, Gowanus and Narrows Stations Meet OSHA's Criteria for Highest Form of Safety Excellence

OSHA Voluntary Protection Program "Star" Sites

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - Mark Sudbey, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Operating Officer of US Power Generating Company, is pleased to announce that USPowerGen's Astoria, Gowanus and Narrows Stations have been determined to meet the stringent requirements for OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) following a detailed and comprehensive review of safety and health. "I applaud the hard work and diligence of each and every USPowerGen employee who has not only enabled us to meet the standards associated with OSHA's highest level 'Star Worksite,'" stated Mr. Sudbey, "but have created a safe and healthy workplace while we serve the New York community with reliable energy supplies."

The rigorous OSHA review evaluated each of VPP's four key elements, including Management Commitment and Employee Participation; Worksite Analysis; Hazard Prevention and Control; and Safety and Health Training. In addition, the exhaustive work of five OSHA representatives included interviewing over 40 employees, selected at random, to determine the level of union/management safety partnerships, reviewed written record, and extensively inspected the facility sites.

"We specifically celebrate and recognize the exceptionally strong cooperative partnership on safety between union and management at USPowerGen, which makes it possible to meet these rigorous OSHA standards," said Ron Hutchinson, the Company's Corporate Safety, Health and Security Manager. "It was telling that the OSHA team voluntarily commented they had never seen such a level of enthusiasm and desire to speak positively about how we approach safety at USPowerGen."

After completing these reviews, OSHA determined that all three generating stations meet the requirements associated with the highest form of safety and health recognition, the VPP "STAR Worksite" level certification. Few worksites, whether older, long term operating sites, or sites more recently constructed, meet these criteria. Only 0.03% of all US workplaces have achieved this, and OSHA Area Director Mike Levy has noted that more people have climbed Mount Everest (2800) than the number of worksites that have achieved VPP certification (2300). Perhaps more significant is the fact that most VPP sites are fairly new facilities, and none of the OSHA team knew of any power plants near the age of the USPowerGen facilities have even applied for, much less qualified for VPP certification.

Among the USPOWERGEN "Best Safety Practices" that particularly impressed the OSHA evaluation team were:

--  The USPowerGen monthly "all hands" meeting format, with full union
    involvement, corporate attendance and ending by individually asking each
    attendee if they have a safety issue to raise
--  Astoria Generating Stations' breaker training center which uses
    retired equipment for hands-on training
--  USPOWERGEN's proprietary Safety Analysis program which was developed
    in-house by USPowerGen staff which incorporates built-in pull down menus to
    guide the safety analysis of tasks in the field
    

"I am tremendously proud of everyone at the plants and how everyone has worked together both within and between stations to make this seemingly unattainable achievement a reality," concluded Sudbey.

About USPowerGen

USPowerGen, through its subsidiaries Astoria Generating Company Holdings, L.L.C. and EBG Holdings LLC, owns and operates eight power generation facilities with a total capacity of over 5,000 Megawatts. These subsidiaries sell their energy and capacity into the NYISO and ISO-New England deregulated markets, representing generation sufficient to serve approximately 20% of the overall load in New York City as well as approximately 50% of the overall load in the Boston metropolitan area. The Astoria, Gowanus and Narrows Generating Stations comprise the facilities of the Astoria Generating Company Holdings, L.L.C. More information regarding USPowerGen can also be found at www.uspowergen.com.

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