Westinghouse Could Get Zapped

Five Ohio and Pennsylvania utilities are charging Westinghouse Electric with selling defective generators for nuclear plants--and then covering up the problems for 25 years. At a trial beginning on Sept. 8 in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, the utilities, led by Duquesne Light, are suing Westinghouse for alleged racketeering. They claim that 88 other Westinghouse generators, with a life expectancy of 40 years, are cracking and corroding. Westinghouse acknowledges corrosion, but says parts warranties were for .nly five years. Of 12 similar suits, Westinghouse has settled five out of court.

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