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Group Won’t Appeal Ruling For Plant’s Operators

April 9, 1986

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ An anti-nuclear group will not appeal a federal appeal court’s refusal to revoke the license of the Three Mile Island power plant’s operators, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, without comment Monday, dismissed the lawsuit brought by TMI Alert and several state and local lawmakers.

In 1979, TMI was the site of the nation’s worst commercial nuclear accident when the core of its Unit 2 reactor partially melted, releasing radiation outside the plant. Unit 1, which was undamaged, resumed operations Oct. 3 after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for restart.

The lawsuit sought to revoke GPU Nuclear Corp.’s license to operate Three Mile Island and the Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey.

TMI Alert attorney Joanne Doroshow said the group would not appeal the court’s decision, which upheld an earlier ruling by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that GPU Nuclear was competent to operate the plants.

The lawsuit against the NRC was filed last May by the Harrisburg-based TMI Alert, Pennsylvania state Sen. John Shumaker, state Rep. Peter Wambach Jr. and Dauphin County Commissioner Larry Hochendoner.

Two New Jersey-based anti-nuclear groups - New Jersey SANE and the Essex Safe Energy Alliance - also participated in the suit.