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Pennsylvania Electric Company (Pennelec)


GPU Generation, Inc.
1001 Broad Street
Johnstown, PA 15907
Tel 814-533-8111

Writer's Direct Dial Number
(814) 533-8811

April 29, 1997

Secretary, Board of Supervisors
South Mahoning Township
R.D. #1, Box 379
Creekside, PA 15732
Mr. John A. Skiavo, President
Johnstown Area Regional Industries
111 Market Street
Johnstown, PA 15901
Mr. Joseph P. Pezze
Regional Manager, Air Quality
PA Department of Environmental Protection
400 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa 15222-4745
Roberta A. Naugle
East Wheatfield Township
Box 76
Armagh, PA 15920
Mr. Larry W. Garner
Township Manager
White Township Supervisors
950 Indiana Springs Road
Indiana, PA 15701-3598
Mr. George L. Ellis
Pennsylvania Coal Association
212 North Third Street
Suite 102
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Mr. David J. Akers
Vice President
CQ, Inc.
R. R. 2, Box 2113
Homer City, PA 15748
The Honorable Timothy L. Pesci
Main Capitol Building
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
The Honorable Patrick J. Stapleton
Senate Box 203041
The State Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3041

Mr. Randolph G. Whittle, Jr.
Executive Director
The Greater Johnstown Committee
111 Market Street
Johnstown, PA 15901

Dear Mr. Whittle:

This is to express our appreciation for your May 6, 1996 letter to EPA Administrator Browner on behalf of Pennsylvania Electric Company (Pennelec), GPU Generation, Inc. (Genco), and New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG), the owners and operator of Homer City Station in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Specifically, your letter, along with more than 1,500 others, supported the owner's proposal to conduct an Excellence and Leadership (XL) project at the Homer City Station. The project would have provided environmental and economic benefits in Pennsylvania, and could have been used as a national model for demonstrating compliance with environmental standards in a more flexible fashion.

Unfortunately, and despite our presentations demonstrating the compelling economic and environmental benefits of the project, EPA has not accepted the Homer City Station XL proposal. The enclosed letter contains EPA's reasons for not accepting the proposal. Significantly, EPA has decided that the owners should not be given any "credit" for agreeing to maintain the voluntary early emission reductions (more than 25,000 tons of SO2 per year below allowable levels) already achieved at the station. In short, without any credit for the station's current superior environmental performance, the owner's proposal, in EPA's judgment, could not satisfy their test for superior environmental performance.

We will advise you if any further steps are taken to preserve the environmental benefits achieved at the station. In the interim, should you have any questions or comments, please call me.

Your support was appreciated greatly.

Very truly yours

R. P. Lantzy
Director - Technical Services & Strategy



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