False start at TMI.
On Aug. 27, a federal appeals panel in Philadelphia issued a 2-1 decision rejecting claims that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had approved the restart without sufficiently investigating GPU for allegedly falsifying safety records in the months prior to the 1979 accidients. This decision was thought by NRC and GPU to effectively permit reopening of the plant, according to GPU spokesperson Gordan Tomb. But apparently just a few minutes before GPU flipped the switch on Aug. 29, the court issued an order saying the Aug. 27 decision hadn't reversed a June 7 order blocking the restart. That order will be in effect pending appeals on the Aug. 27 ruling, according to a spokesperson in the Third District Court.
"We were expecting a final go-ahead for 4:00 p.m. of a court order preventing the operation of the plant," says Tomb. Unit 1, he adds, has been "on hot, standby condition using non-nuclear heat since June 8 at the cost of $40,000 a day for fuel oil and electricity." He declined to estimate how much that was costing consumers.
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|Title Annotation:||Three Mile Island|
|Date:||Sep 7, 1985|
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