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In the Matter of GPU Nuclear, Inc., Metropolitan Edison Company, Jersey Central Power & Light Company, and Pennsylvania Electric Company, (Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit No. 2); Order Approving Application Regarding Merger of GPU, Inc., and FirstEnergy Corp.

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Metropolitan Edison Company (Met Ed) owns 50 percent, Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) owns 25 percent, and Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) owns 25 percent of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station, Unit No. 2 (TMI-2), located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. GPU Nuclear, Inc. (GPUN) maintains the facility on behalf of the owners.

Met Ed, JCP&L, and Penelec are electric utilities that are engaged principally in the sale and distribution of electric energy in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in accordance with rates authorized by the respective public utilities commissions. GPUN, Met Ed, JCP&L, and Penelec, which are all subsidiaries of GPU, Inc., together hold Facility Possession-Only License No. DPR-73 for the TMI-2, issued by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) pursuant to 10 CFR part 50 on September 14, 1993.

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Pursuant to Section 184 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and 10 CFR 50.80, GPUN and FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) jointly filed an application dated September 26, 2000, which was supplemented by submittals dated September 27, November 9, November 14, 2000 and February 7, 2001 (collectively herein referred to as the application), requesting the Commission's approval to the indirect transfer of the TMI-2 license in connection with the proposed corporate merger involving GPU, Inc. and FE. The applicants informed the Commission that GPU, Inc. the parent holding company of GPUN, Met Ed, JCP&L, and Penelec, is planning to be merged with and into FE. FE will remain as the surviving corporation in this transaction.

Upon consummating the merger, FE will become a registered holding company under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, and GPUN, Met Ed, JCP&L, and Penelec, currently subsidiaries of GPU, Inc., will become direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries of FE. No physical changes to the TMI-2 facility or operational changes are being proposed in the application. GPUN, the TMI-2 licensee authorized to maintain the facility, and Met Ed, JCP&L, and Penelec, the licensed owners of TMI-2, will continue to be so following the merger. No direct transfer of the license will result from the planned merger. Notice of this request for approval was published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2000 (65 FR 71336). No hearing requests or written comments were received.

Under 10 CFR 50.80, no license shall be transferred, directly or indirectly, through transfer of control of the license, unless the Commission gives its consent in writing. Upon review of the information submitted in the application and other information before the Commission, the NRC staff has determined that the proposed merger of GPU, Inc. with and into FE will not affect the qualifications of GPUN, Met Ed, JCP&L, and Penelec as holders of the TMI-2 license, and that the indirect transfer of the license, to the extent effected by the merger, is otherwise consistent with applicable provision of laws, regulations, and orders issued by the Commission subject to the conditions set forth herein. These findings are supported by a Safety Evaluation dated March 7, 2001.

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Accordingly, pursuant to sections 161b, 161i, 161o, and 184 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2201(b), 2201(i), 2201(o), and 2234; and 10 CFR 50.80, it is hereby ordered that the application regarding the indirect license transfer referenced above is approved subject to the following conditions:

(1) Met Ed, JCP&L, and Penelec, as applicable, shall provide the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation a copy of any application, at the time it is filed, to transfer (excluding grants of security interests or liens) from Met Ed, JCP&L, or Penelec, respectively, to its proposed direct or indirect parent or to any affiliated company, facilities for the production, transmission, or distribution of electric energy having a depreciated book value exceeding ten percent (10%) of the subject licensee's consolidated net utility plant, as recorded on the respective licensee's books of account; and

(2) should the merger of GPU, Inc. and FE not be completed by March 1, 2002, this Order shall become null and void, provided, however, upon application and for good cause shown, such date may be extended.

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For further details with respect to this Order, see the initial application dated September 26, 2000, and supplemental submittals dated September 27, November 9, November 14, 2000, and February 7, 2001 and the Safety Evaluation dated March 7, 2001, which are available for inspection at the Commission's Public Document Room, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, One White Flint North, Room 0-1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-2738, and accessible electronically through the ADAMS Public Electronic Reading Room link at the NRC Web site (http://www.NRC.gov).

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For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 7th day of March 2001.

Samuel J. Collins,

Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.

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[FR Doc. 01-6171 Filed 3-12-01; 8:45 am]

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