FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Names Ernest J. Harkness Site Vice
President at Perry Nuclear Power Plant
AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2013
AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating
Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has named
Ernest (Ernie) J. Harkness site vice president at the Perry Nuclear Power
Plant in Perry, Ohio. In this position, he is responsible for overall
management, direction and coordination of operation of the Perry Plant.
Harkness replaces Vito Kaminskas, who has elected to retire following 38 years
in the nuclear industry.
A seasoned nuclear industry veteran, Harkness was formerly site vice president
at Exelon Corporation's Oyster Creek Generating Station in Forked River, New
Jersey, and was vice president of Special Projects for Exelon Corporation. In
addition, Harkness has served as a power generation consultant, where he
provided independent oversight, review and improvement initiatives at U.S. and
international nuclear facilities, and as a loaned executive to the Institute
of Nuclear Power Operations.
"Ernie's strong background in Boiling Water Reactors and proven experience in
achieving regulatory and industry standards of excellence will benefit Perry
as the site continues safe operations while pursuing performance improvement,"
said FENOC President and Chief Nuclear Officer Pete Sena. "I am confident his
commitment, drive and leadership will support Perry's efforts to achieve top
industry performance in all areas."
Harkness holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from
Drexel University and held a Nuclear Regulatory Commission senior reactor
operator license at Hope Creek Generating Station.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its
FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station, the Davis-Besse
Nuclear Power Station and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. More information
about FENOC is available at www.fenoc.com. Follow the Perry Nuclear Power
Plant on Twitter at @Perry_Plant.
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.
Contact: News Media Contact: Jennifer Young, (216) 337-8789; Investor Contact:
Irene Prezelj, (330) 384-3859
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