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Region 5 News Release: 10-1318-CHI
Sept. 27, 2010
Contact: Rhonda Burke    Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976    312-353-6976
E-mail: burke.rhonda@dol.gov    allen.scott@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA establishes strategic partnership
at Big Sky Wind Project with White Construction
Edison Mission Energy partnership focuses on safety and health

AURORA, Ill. - In an effort to provide a safe environment for workers at the Edison Mission Energy Big Sky Wind Project in north central Illinois, White Construction Inc. of Clinton, Ind., the Region V Wind Farm Response Team and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration have established a strategic partnership. The partnership is the first of its kind in the wind energy industry.

Developed by Edison Mission Energy of Irvine Calif., the Big Sky Project is a 240-megawatt wind farm located in an area that includes Ohio, and East Grove and May Townships in Bureau and Lee Counties, Ill. When complete, the Big Sky Project will be one of the largest wind farms in the Midwest. EME, part of the Edison International family of companies, owns 28 wind energy projects that are in operation or under construction in 10 states.

By utilizing the knowledge and resources of OSHA and the Region V Wind Farm Response Team, White Construction expects to reduce exposure to construction hazards and incidents of serious injuries at the Big Sky Wind Project through increased training, implementation of best work practices, enhanced safety and health programs, and compliance with OSHA standards. The partnership will also promote and recognize job sites that have developed effective safety and health programs.

"We would like to ensure that all construction companies, big and small, are prepared to effectively control the workplace hazards their employees may encounter," said Kathy Webb, OSHA's area direct