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STATE REP. STEIGHNER ANNOUNCES GPU HAS WITHDRAWN ITS PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT A CROSS-STATE POWER LINE

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- State Rep. Joe Steighner yesterday announced General Public Utilities has backed down and withdrawn from its proposal to construct a cross-state power line, which he said would have negatively affected many counties in western Pennsylvania, including Butler County.
 "For more than three years, the people of Butler County and throughout Pennsylvania who have opposed this project have gone eyeball- to-eyeball with GPU -- today, GPU blinked."
 GPU's withdrawal was triggered by the decision of New Jersey's Board of Regulatory Commissioners that voted to deny a request by Jersey Central Power and Light Co. for approval of a long-term power purchase agreement involving its Pennsylvania-based parent company, GPU.
 The denial eroded the financial arrangements which were the foundation of GPU's overall project proposal, Steighner said.
 "Credit for the success in stopping the power line project belongs in the laps of the thousands of volunteers from Butler County to Dauphin County who gave countless hours of their personal time and thousands of dollars in defending their personal freedoms. Their tenacity, persistence and courage is historic. This victory is theirs.
 "I can't think of a better present for these people this holiday season than this news today (Wednesday)," the Butler Democrat said.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Correspondence among the parties is available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Tom Hiller, 717-787-7686, for the Office of Rep. Joe Steighner/


CO: General Public Utilities; New Jersey Board of Regulatory
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