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In the Matter of GPU Nuclear, Inc., and Saxton Nuclear Experimental Corporation (Saxton Nuclear Experimental Facility); Order Approving Application Regarding Merger of GPU, Inc., and FirstEnergy Corp.

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Saxton Nuclear Experimental Corporation (SNEC) is the owner of the Saxton Nuclear Experimental Facility (SNEF). Metropolitan Edison Company (Met Ed), Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L), and Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), 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, are the sole shareholders of SNEC. SNEC is a non-profit corporation that is not engaged in the Start Printed Page 14601sale and distribution of electric energy. GPU Nuclear, Inc. (GPUN), which maintains SNEF, and SNEC hold Amended Facility License No. DPR-4 for SNEF issued by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) pursuant to 10 CFR part 50 on November 15, 1961.


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, December 4, 2000, February 7, February 19, and February 20, 2001 (collectively herein referred to as the application), requesting the Commission's approval of the indirect transfer of the license for SNEF in connection with the proposed corporate merger of 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 SNEF or operational changes are being proposed in the application. GPUN, the licensee authorized to maintain the facility, and SNEC, the licensee that owns SNEF, will continue to be so following the merger with Met Ed, JCP&L, and Penelec, remaining as the shareholders of SNEC. 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 December 4, 2000 (65 FR 75735). 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 and SNEC as holders of the SNEF license, and that the indirect transfer of the license, to the extent effected by the merger, is otherwise consistent with applicable provisions 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.


Accordingly, pursuant to Sections 161b, 161i, and 184 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 2201(b), 2201(i), 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 condition:

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.


For further details with respect to this Order, see the initial application dated September 26, 2000, the supplemental submittals dated September 27, November 9, November 14, December 7, 2000, February 7, February 19, and February 20, 2001, and the Safety Evaluation dated March 7, 2001 , which are available for public 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 (

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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. 01-6172 Filed 3-12-01; 8:45 am]