Two towns, a nuclear reactor and a pizza place

  • Ed Mahon

From The Context, PA Post’s weekday email newsletter:

I spent time in Londonderry Township and Middletown for a story about the possible effect of closing Three Mile Island. I didn’t try any of the TMIPA beer at Tattered Flag, but it is on my to-do list.  –Ed Mahon, PA Post reporter/guest writer

‘It sounds small. But it’s big numbers.’

David Kitner works inside his pizza shop in Middletown on Friday, March 1, 2019.

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David Kitner works inside his pizza shop in Middletown on Friday, March 1, 2019.

  • David Kitner has a pizza shop in Middletown, about three miles away from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Each year, workers at the plant order a lot of food from him — they account for about 10 to 15 percent of his business’ revenue.

  • He’s one of the people concerned about the ripple effects of Three Mile Island closing this year — which owner Exelon says will happen unless state lawmakers intervene.

  • But the head of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber says the potential number of jobs lost if TMI closes is “not that big of a number” when you look at the entire region. Exelon is not one of the top 10 employers in the county.

  • If you’re interested in who the biggest employers are across the state and in each county, PennLive has this handy list.

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In this July 16, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks, discusses a state budget stalemate during a news conference at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.

  • Another moderate Republican from the Philly suburbs might be leaving the state Capitol, WITF’s Katie Meyer reports. Rep. Gene DiGirolamo is running for Bucks County commissioner this year.

  • The U.S. Attorney for Pennsylvania’s Middle District has flagged more than 300 doctors for potentially overprescribing opioids. Transforming Health reporter Brett Sholtis has the details.

  • You don’t often hear about news breaking this way. Phil Heron, editor of the Delaware County Daily Times, got called as a potential juror — for an investigative grand jury. The topic? Mariner East natural gas liquids pipelines. It’s a topic that his newsroom and others have written a lot about. “I nearly fell off my chair,” Heron writes.


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