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DEC 2012

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prairie state continued Setting an Example Now that PSEC is up and running, it will come under increased environmental scrutiny. "We worked very successfully with the president's first term administration and we look forward to what's ahead. Additionally, we've enjoyed a great relationship with our Congressional leadership like Senator Dick Durbin and other state, federal and local leaders and agencies," said Ashlie Keener Kuehn, director of government affairs and public relations, PSEC. With such an unusual cost and ownership structure, PSEC early on determined that the entire structure of the plant and mine would be cutting edge. Though not an IGCC power plant, the combination of various state-of-the-art emissions control equipment is unusual and new. "We installed virtually the very best in everything that is available. You look at other power plants, and many are now retrofitting those components, but PSEC has been there from the beginning. We're designed to be ahead of the curve, including with emissions standards that look to be on the drawing board in D.C. December 2012 The PSEC heartbeat is monitored by a state-of-the-art control room that uses the best technology available. We feel confident we have invested wisely in coal," said Kuehn. Unlike many other mines and power plants, PSEC is, for the most part, visitor friendly. "We've taken over 1,000 visitors underground this year alone. When they come out of the mine, they have a completely different perception of mining. When they come out, their minds have changed. And that's part of our job as well, to change the perception about the possibilities for clean coal," said Krivokuca. 43

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