The National Park Service will recognize Southern Electric International Inc., Cogentrix Energy Inc., and Birchwood Power
Partners L.P. June 28 for their contributions to the upgrade of Shenandoah National Parks ambient air quality monitoring
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Big Meadows station site (Mile 51 on the Skyline Drive).
The companies are partners in the Birchwood power facility project, a 220-megawatt plant under construction in King
George County, Va. The firms worked with Rust Environment & Infrastructure and the National Park Services air quality
division on the upgrade of the facility.
This dedication is part of Southern Electrics commitment to preserving the environment, and its a good example of how
industry and government can work together for the benefit of the community, said Tom Dorsey, vice president of SEI
Birchwood Inc., which owns 50 percent of the power generation facility. As a resident of Virginia, its important to me that
we meet or surpass all applicable environmental laws and regulations to help protect the environment.
Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Bill Wade said partnerships such as the Birchwood alliance are a tremendous
help in protecting park and state resources. The new equipment at the air quality monitoring station should enable us to
better document air pollution effects on water, soil and plants, he said. And this ultimately may help us reduce the damage
to Shenandoahs and the states nationally significant resources.
Were proud to be a partner with these companies and proud to work together to help clean up the air, Wade said.
Southern Electric, a unit of The Southern Company, develops, builds, owns and operates power generation facilities and
provides a broad range of technical services to industrial companies and utilities in U.S. and international markets.
The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is also the parent firm of five electric utilities: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf
Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric. Together, these companies make up one of the largest investor-owned
electric utility groups in the United States.
The Birchwood plant will sell electricity to Virginia Power and will provide steam to Dominion Growers of Fredricksburg
Inc. The plant design includes advanced emission controls to comply with air, water and noise regulations. Commercial
operation is scheduled for 1996.
Established in 1936, Shenandoah National Park is a 300-square-mile natural and historic area in Virginias Blue Ridge
Mountains. The purpose of Shenandoah and other national parks is to preserve the nations resources for enjoyment today
and for future generations. The Clean Air Act protects visibility and other air quality-related values associated with the park
by designating Shenandoah as a Class I area. The air quality monitoring station at Big Meadows has been in operation since