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Media groups seek to join power outage records cases

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 4, 2014 5:29 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A dozen Pennsylvania media organizations, including The Associated Press, want a court to give them standing to oppose an appeal by the state Public Utility Commission of orders to release documents about a large-scale power outage response.

The organizations made the requests with Commonwealth Court today, seeking to intervene in a pair of petitions for review filed by the PUC.

The PUC is appealing orders by the Office of Open Records that it produce a letter tipping it off about how PPL repair crews were redirected during an unusual late October 2011 storm that left hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians without power.

The Morning Call of Allentown and the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader requested the tip letter. The PUC fined PPL $60,000 but did not disclose details about the incident.

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