Following the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in Pennsylvania, President Carter transferred the federal lead role in offsite radiological emergency planning and preparedness activities from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to FEMA. FEMA established the REP Program to ensure that the public health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power station accident, and to inform and educate the public about radiological emergency preparedness. FEMA’s REP Program responsibilities encompass only offsite activities while onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2000 – Buoyed by solid growth and record high earnings, U.S. investor-owned electric utilities are poised for continued growth as they constantly adapt to competition by seizing new business opportunities at home and abroad, according to EEI’s just-released 1999 Financial Review. Earnings reached $2.11 per share last year, an impressive increase of 39.1 percent over the prior year.