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Middletown borough backs nuclear industry by passing resolution unanimously

By Dan Miller

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Posted 10/11/17

Middletown Borough Council by unanimous 5-0 vote  Oct. 3 passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to act to save the five nuclear energy plants in Pennsylvania, including Three Mile …

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Middletown borough backs nuclear industry by passing resolution unanimously

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Middletown Borough Council by unanimous 5-0 vote  Oct. 3 passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to act to save the five nuclear energy plants in Pennsylvania, including Three Mile Island.

Council becomes the 19th local government in the region, including counties, other boroughs, and townships, to pass such a resolution.

Among the others are Dauphin, Lancaster, and York counties, Londonderry and Lower Swatara townships, Highspire, Hummelstown, Royalton and Steelton boroughs, and Lower Dauphin and Steelton-Highspire school districts, according to a list provided by the Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania coalition, an organization launched by political and labor leaders to advocate for TMI and the other nuclear plants.

On May 31, TMI owner Exelon Corp. announced plans to shut down TMI by Sept. 30, 2019, unless the state acts to provide benefits to TMI and other nuclear plants similar to those that the state now extends to other forms of alternative energy.

The resolution notes environmental and economic benefits of the five nuclear plants in the state, including providing a combined 40 percent of Pennsylvania’s electricity and 93 percent of Pennsylvania’s carbon-free electricity, and contributing nearly $2 billion a year to the state economy.

The resolution also notes the benefits of TMI to the region, including employing 675 full-time workers and contributing $1 million in taxes in 2016 to support schools and other public services.

Copies of the resolution will be sent to state lawmakers who represent the borough in the House and Senate, and to Gov. Tom Wolf.

Council in an unrelated action also unanimously passed a resolution urging the state constitution be amended to allow creation of an independent citizens commission to oversee the redrawing of legislative and congressional seats in Pennsylvania every 10 years.

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