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Maine Yankee Gets New President

February 23, 1998

WISCASSET, Maine (AP) _ Maine Yankee on Monday chose a new president to carry out plans to close the troubled nuclear power plant.

Mike Meisner, the atomic power plant’s vice president for nuclear safety and regulatory affairs, will take over March 1. He will replace Mike Sellman, who will become chief nuclear officer at Wisconsin Electric Co.

The Maine Yankee board of directors voted last August to close the 810-megawatt pressurized water reactor, citing economic concerns and uncertainty about the plant’s future operation.

The reactor had been placed on a federal list of worst-run nuclear plants, and its record of operational and potential safety problems was under increased scrutiny by regulators.

Meisner has been with Entergy Nuclear Inc. for 17 years. Maine Yankee’s board chose New Orleans-based Entergy a year ago to run the plant. The contract with Entergy expires Sept. 30.

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