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October 24, 1991

'Little progress' at Peach Bottom

Problems at Philadelphia Electric Co.'s Peach Bottom nuclear power plant just won't go away.

The latest inspection by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that a rash of safety and operational problems continued to plague the facility at Delta in York County, Pa.

"By and large, there has been little overall progress," the NRC's regional section chief, Lawrence T. Doerflein, said yesterday. "We're still seeing the same problems we saw a year ago."

The report covered the plant's performance from June 1, 1990, to Aug. 3, 1991.

Peach Bottom, just several miles north of the Harford County border, was the focus of recent NRC scrutiny because, among other things, operators were found to be sleeping on the job and security was lax. The NRC ordered the plant shut down between March 1987 and April 1989, and as a result there was a management shake-up at Philadelphia Electric.

On the bright side, the report said the plant had been operated "safely and conservatively" during the inspection period. It also noted that PE's management, which operates Peach Bottom, "continued to maintain strong involvement in site activities and to promote a safety-conscious approach."

Environmental earnings flat

Environmental Elements Corp. posted a profit of $1.92 million during the second quarter, slightly higher than the $1.91 million earned in the same period a year earlier. The profit equaled 27 cents per share of stock, down from 28 cents a year ago.

Sales of $23.9 million were off about 5 percent from the $25.1 million recorded a year earlier.

Year-to-date, the Baltimore-based air pollution control system supplier reported a profit of $3.9 million, up about 15 percent from $3.4 million a year ago. Income from continuing operations was $3.4 million, or 49 cents a share, versus $3 million, or 50 cents a share, a year ago.

The company said the results were better than expected and credited progress in its parts, repair and rebuild businesses.

Kirschner system gets OK

Kirschner Medical Corp. of Timonium has received government approval to sell a new video system for viewing a patient's abdominal cavity during surgery.

The MEDICAM Videoscope connects to a system the company already markets for laparascopic surgery. The new system will be introduced at a trade show this week in Chicago.

The company said such systems have become increasingly popular with doctors because they allow certain procedures, such as gall bladder removals, to be conducted with less cutting of the patient.

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