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$120,550 SENT TO AMERIGAS PROPANE CUSTOMERS; MORE CONSUMERS SOUGHT

 $120,550 SENT TO AMERIGAS PROPANE CUSTOMERS; MORE CONSUMERS SOUGHT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr.'s office today mailed checks totaling $120,550 to 1,004 low- income customers of AmeriGas Propane.
 "I'm also attempting to identify other AmeriGas customers who qualify for financial assistance," Preate said.
 The money comes from a $250,000 fund established by AmeriGas last year under terms of a settlement agreement negotiated between AmeriGas and Preate's Antitrust Section.
 "The agreement resulted from a review of the propane and energy products industry initiated by my office in December 1989 following widespread supply shortages and price hikes," Preate said.
 He said 469 checks for $200 each were mailed today to qualified AmeriGas customers who use propane to heat their homes. Another 535 checks for $50 each were sent to customers who use propane for cooking or other non-heating purposes.
 The checks are made payable jointly to the consumers and AmeriGas and can be used to pay AmeriGas propane bills.
 Preate said that last year his office sent $34,800 to 348 customers under the initial distribution from the settlement fund.
 "This year we changed the eligibility requirements to open the program to more AmeriGas customers," Preate said.
 Under the guidelines, current AmeriGas customers are eligible for assistance if their incomes meet or fall below the following guidelines:
 Household Size Yearly Gross Income
 1 $13,620
 2 $18,380
 3 $23,140
 4 $27,900
 5 $32,660
 6 $37,420
 7 $42,180
 8 $46,940
 For each additional person add: $4,760
 Consumers who meet the guidelines should mail a copy of any document showing they are an AmeriGas customer and proof of their income to: Deputy Attorney General Carl S. Hisiro, AmeriGas Energy Fund, 14th Floor, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, Pa., 17120.
 Those submitting information should also note whether or not they use propane for heating their residence, Preate said.
 He said AmeriGas customers who received a check last year need not take any further action this year, and noted that his office is still reviewing about 100 applications submitted this year.
 Preate said his office will make a final distribution of money from the settlement fund in 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis, assistant press secretary of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/ CO: Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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