"Study alternatives to restarting the nuclear reactor at Davis-Besse"

November 6, 2003

H. Peter Burg, CEO
76 S. Main St.
Akron, Ohio

Dear Mr. Burg:

One year ago, four members of Congress from Northern Ohio urged FirstEnergy to form a task force to study the feasibility of repowering the idled Davis-Besse nuclear plant with an alternative source of fuel. This option would allow the plant to resume producing electricity without the dangers posed by this troubled plant, and could benefit FirstEnergy’s customers, shareholders and workers.

In the year since then, a series of other technical and management problems have been identified at Davis-Besse, keeping the plant closed, adding to the repair bill and straining company finances.

The August 14 blackout made us keenly aware that our electric system faces other challenges, as well -– challenges that will require money and considerable technical resources to address. Had the $500 million spent to date on Davis-Besse gone instead to transmission improvements, it would have gone a long way toward strengthening electric reliability for customers.

As you make a series of difficult decisions in the coming months, please keep in mind that our communities -– and the Great Lakes regions as a whole -– will have to live with the consequences. For the best interest of both the company and our communities, we urge you to take steps needed to insure reliable electric service and to study alternatives to restarting the nuclear reactor at Davis-Besse.

We look forward to your response to this letter.


Karen Budd, PhD, RN
President, Ohioio Nurses Association
4000 E. Main St.
Columbus, Ohio 43213

Jason Chao MD, President,
Physicians for Social Responsibility/Northeast Ohioio
P.O. Box 181418
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Employers or affiliations listed below for individuals are for identification only:

Cristina Nedelcu MD
3698 Ingleside Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Ann B. Reichsman MD, Medical Director
Neighborhood Family Practice
3569 Ridge Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Cynthia Bearer MD PhD, Director of Medical Education
Mary Ann Swetland Environmental Health Center
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Anne S. Wise MD MPH
Neighborhood Family Practice
3569 Ridge Road Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Kathleen Fagan MD MPH
2632 Exeter Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Jane Kirwood Roe MD
51 Whitehall Drive
Berea, Ohio 44017

Jane Szumigala MA
5764 St. Clement Court
Toledo, Ohio 43613

Peter Dillard MD
3237 Ormond Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Christina Raftery, Member
Monroeville City Council
P.O. Box 357
Monroeville, Ohio 44847

Helen Hanselman RN
7651 Ragall Parkway
Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130

Phyllis Woods LPN
2328 Wilson Drive
Lorain, Ohio 44052

Donald Nelson MD
1378 Earhart Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44320

Garalynn Tomas RN
32540 Oakhurst Drive
North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039

Ann McDermott RN
817 Main Street
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Stephen Johnson MD
7385 Shady Hollow Road NW
Canton, Ohio 44718

Elaine Victoroff, former RN
2429 Newbury Drive
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Linda Phillips MA
1139 Riverview Drive
Macedonia, Ohio 44056

Nancy Fitzgerald RN
486 West Truman
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Leonard Dreslinki RN
18430 Fern Lane
Walton Hills, Ohio 44146

Julia Murnyack
1859 Aberdeen Road
Madison, Ohio 44057

Cecelia Catanese RN
314 Bridgeport Trail
Richmond Heights, Ohio 44143

Sue Ann Reinker RN
5526 Revere Drive
North Olmsted, Ohio 44070

Richard Lawrence, Member
Ada City Council
404 West North Avenue
Ada, Ohio 45810

Cynthia Brehun RN
7252 Maplewood Road
Parma, Ohio 44130

Sue Lewis
4079 Porter Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145

Sandra Williams RN
46 Brookfield Avenue
Boardman, Ohio 44512

Suzanne Kouris
8947 Wohlgamuth
West Salem, Ohio 44287

Joel Retholtz MD
Beth Retholtz RN
7039 Cannons Park
Toledo, Ohio 43617

Paul Nickerson MD
2407 Belvoir Boulevard
University Heights, Ohio 44118

Patricia Campbell RN
229 West First Street
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

Mildred Jones RN
1546 Marlowe
Akron, Ohio 44313

Diane Siddall RN
135 Milton Drive
Tallmadge, Ohio 44278

Nancy Divito RN
53 Leighton Avenue
Boardman, Ohio 44512

Tamara Estep, Former Member
Port Clinton City Council
429 Monroe Street
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

Jean Metz, Physician's Assistant
56 East Summit Street
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

Professor Thomas G. Pretlow MD
Pathology, Urology, Oncology, and Environmental Health Sciences
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Thomas Hensley PhD, Chair
Professor Trudy Steuernagel PhD
Assistant Professor Kenneth Fernandez PhD
Charles Jacobs
Department of Political Science
Kent State University
302 Bowman Hall
Kent, Ohio

Brian Fry, Justice Coordinator
Congregation of St. Joseph
3430 Rocky River Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44111

Rabbi Susan Stone
Temple Beth Shalom
72 North Main Street
Hudson, Ohio 44236

Diane Fistek, Councilwoman-at-large
City of South Euclid
1002 Bryan Drive
South Euclid, Ohio 44121

Edward A. Icove, Councilman
City of South Euclid
1751 South Belvoir Boulevard
South Euclid, Ohio 44121

Rev. Laurinda Haffner
Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ
2592 West 14th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Joseph and Susan Korff
Host Family, Children of Chernobyl
250 West 16th Street
Salem, Ohio 44460

Rev. Michael Penn Moore
Church of the Redeemer
22657 Beechnut Lane
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Kathy Smachlo MD
2854 Sedgewick Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

Sheree Schreiner, Analytical Technician
Toledo Hospital
3623 Torrance Drive
Toledo, Ohio 43612

Allan A. Rolfe MD
2737 Kersdale Road
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124

Sister Linda Francl
Sisters of St. Joseph
16403 West Park Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44111

Daniel Brustein MD
2893 Berkshire Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Joan Trey MD
2893 Berkshire Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Douglas Van Auken MD
1294 West 105th Street
Cleveland, Ohioio 44l02

Janice Morgan RN
336 Erskine Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44512

Nancy Ferrell RN
5452 Fairhill Drive
Ravenna, Ohio 44266

William Brady MD
7655 Spring Park Drive
Boardman, Ohio 44512

Jill Witherow, Medical Assistant
769 Liberty Street
Van Wert, Ohio 45891

Joy Skeel RN
940 Bexley Drive
Perrsyburg, Ohio 43551

William Belinger, Member
Swanton City Council
207 Lincoln Avenue
Swanton, Ohio 43558

Gina K. Gildenmeister, Nurse's Aide
418 Franklin Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Alford L. Novak, Member
Warren City Council
1706 Bonnie Brae NE
Warren, Ohio 44483

Toledo Deanery of the Episcopal Church
Nancy and Walter Graumlich
7815 Hedingham
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

Additional signers:
Margaret Sammons
Laurie Hoeffel
Lois Shelly
Martha Ann Quinn
Patrick F. McManama
Hildrude Nusser-Telfer
Rodney Hudgen
Walt MacDonald
C. Eugene Pearson

Howard F. Thomas and Gregg P. Sammons, Co-Rectors
St. Michael's Church
Toledo, Ohio

Judith A. Rochford RN
294 Whetstone
Kent, Ohio 44240