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April 16-- The Southern Company issued the following media release today.

"David Vineyard has been named plant manager at the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga.

{mosimage}Vineyard joined Southern Company in 1985 at Plant Vogtle after serving eight years in the U.S. Navy submarine force. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and he has maintained a senior reactor operator’s license at Vogtle for 23 years. Most recently, Vineyard served as the Fleet Operations manager at Southern Nuclear headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. with governance and oversight authority for all nuclear plant operations.

“We welcome David and his skills and expertise to Hatch as we continue to focus on generating safe, reliable and efficient electricity for our customers throughout the Southern Company territory,” says Dennis Madison, Hatch site vice president. “Our commitment to our customers and this community is unwavering and stronger than ever.”

Vineyard and his wife Beverly, an occupational therapist in Augusta, have twin sons, Andrew and Matthew; both are employed with Southern Nuclear at Plant Vogtle.

“I am proud to join Hatch’s management team to continue providing strong leadership to this group of dedicated professionals,” says Vineyard. “Their devotion to serving their neighbors throughout the surrounding communities is outstanding.”

The Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant sits on 2,224 acres on the southern bank of the Altamaha River in Appling County, Ga. near Baxley. The two boiling water reactors (BWRs) at Hatch have a total generating capacity of 1,848 megawatts. Unit one began commercial operation in 1975 and is currently licensed through 2034. Unit two began commercial operation in 1979 and is currently licensed through 2038. As Appling County’s largest employer, Plant Hatch employs on average 850 people. The trained, skilled staff is on-site 24 hours each day, every day of the year.