Pa. Advocate Seeks
Lower Utility RatesHARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's state consumer advocate called on the Public Utility Commission to require all utilities to reduce their rates substantially on Jan. 1, 1987.
This action will reflect the lower corporate tax rates authorized by the new federal tax law.
David M. Barasch said the tax bill, which is expected to be signed shortly by President Reagan, will likely reduce the taxes of Pennsylvania utilities by hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming year. He said his office filed a formal petition with the PUC calling for the establishment of a special new rate mechanism that will allow rate payers to receive the benefits of the utilities' lowered tax expense as soon as the new federal law takes effect.
For TMI Fuel Cleanup
MIDDLETOWN, Pa - The task of removing the nuclear fuel in the damaged reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant is expected to be substantially completed by the summer of 1987, with the entire job completed by year-end, GPU Nuclear Corp. says.
The company said the fuel in the reactor core will be removed by summer, while the remains of the damaged fuel assemblies that fell beneath the core should be out by year end.
GPU estimates that the overall cleanup program at the plant will be completed by 1988.
Thus far, 56,000 pounds of reactor core debris, or 19 percent of the estimated total of 290,000 pounds of debris, have been loaded into canisters that are stored underwater in the plant's fuel handling building until they can be shipped to a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory in Idaho.
In Fall at Oyster Creek
DOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A worker at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant is recovering from injuries suffered in a fall in a reactor room that caused him to suffer slight contamination from radioactive dust, officials say.
The worker, who was not identified by plant officials, fell Tuesday, suffering a compound arm fracture and shoulder injury.
"Loose radioactivity" borne by dust and other particles in the room prompted workers to wash down the worker and declare an "unusual event" at the non-operating plant, Sanford Polon said.
The worker is in satisfactory condition at Community Memorial Hospital in Toms River, he said.
The "unusual event," lowest of four levels of alarms, was declared over about two hours after the accident.