NUCLEAR POWER: Shoreham's Growing Woes

Shoreham's Growing Woes

Beset by safety problems and mismanagement, the Long Island Lighting Co.'s $5.4 billion Shoreham nuclear plant has been denied permission to operate at full power since it was completed in 1984. Reason: lack of an approved evacuation plan. As community opposition has grown, the facility has been the subject of legal and political wrangling. Last week a federal jury found LILCO and its former president, Wilfred Uhl, guilty of lying to state officials about Shoreham's progress in 1978 and 1984 in order to obtain rate increases to help finance the project. Uhl and LILCO were fined $22.8 million.

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