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Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania faults Gov. Wolf, Legislature on failure to act to save TMI

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Leaders of the Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania coalition on Wednesday said they were disappointed that Gov. Tom Wolf and the General Assembly failed to take action to enact energy policy reforms to …

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Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania faults Gov. Wolf, Legislature on failure to act to save TMI

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Leaders of the Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania coalition on Wednesday said they were disappointed that Gov. Tom Wolf and the General Assembly failed to take action to enact energy policy reforms to prevent the premature retirement of Three Mile Island in September.

CJFP was formed two years ago, shortly after Exelon Generation announced that TMI would close this year if policy reforms were not enacted in Harrisburg.   

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“Ultimately we weren’t able to get that done, despite the best efforts of Rep. Tom Mehaffie who worked tirelessly to advance his legislation,” said Dauphin County Commissioner and CJFP co-chairman Mike Pries. “We also appreciate the efforts of Sen. Ryan Aument for introducing a similar bill in the Senate.”

The immediate thoughts of the organization’s members are with the men and women of TMI and their families, he said.

“We have come to know and respect the tremendous professionalism and dedication they bring to their jobs each and every day. We thank them not only for the work they do to produce reliable, affordable, clean energy around the clock, but also for their support of local charities and organizations, and all they give back to the communities they serve in so many ways,” he said.

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Londonderry Township Supervisor and CJFP member Anna Dale said the group is concerned for the communities and local governments that will be affected, including Middletown, Londonderry Township and the Lower Dauphin School District, as well as first responders.

“We know all too well what this will mean for our budgets, and for the small business owners whose livelihood depends on the buying power of TMI and its employees,” she said.   

Central Pa. Building & Construction Trades Council President and CJFP co-chairman Joe Gusler said the loss of TMI is devastating to central Pennsylvania.

“It also is a stinging blow to thousands of construction workers who rely on the jobs created and the millions of man-hours for skilled labor when TMI goes into a refueling and maintenance outage, such as the one that would have been held this fall. Those jobs are now gone forever,” he said.

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York County Commissioner and CJFP co-chairman Chris Reilly said the organization “remains committed to supporting efforts to enact policy changes that recognize and compensate the environmental attributes of nuclear energy, so that no other Pennsylvania community has to endure what we are about to deal with here in central Pennsylvania. It may be too late for TMI — but we need to do all we can to preserve the rest of our state’s nuclear fleet.”