Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD


Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD


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Intelsat Executive Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges WASHINGTON (AP) - The former No. 2 executive of Intelsat pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to defraud the global satellite giant of $4.8 million.

U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell set Dec. 5 as the sentencing date for Jose L. Alegrett, former deputy director general of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, a consortium of 115 member countries that operates a network of telecommunications satellites.

Alegrett faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or both.

Alegrett, fired from Intelsat in December 1986, was the fourth person found guilty of the intricate scheme involving unauthorized payments, bid-rigging, kickbacks and phony commissions in connection with the construction of the company's headquarters here.

NRC Removes Obstacle for Seabrook Nuclear Reactor WASHINGTON - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Friday removed a major obstacle in the way of a low-power license for the Seabrook, N.H., nuclear reactor but delayed action on the plant's final regulatory hurdle.

The commission voted 4-0 for a rules change allowing a reactor to operate at low power without having an emergency system in place to alert nearby residents in case of an accident.

Massachusetts municipalities in a 10-mile zone around the reactor had forced Seabrook officials to remove emergency alert sirens.

Under the new rule, the siren system would have to be in place only for full-power license consideration. Seabrook officials are working on plans to mount sirens on trucks and helicopters.

The rules change takes effect in 30 days.

Meanwhile, the commission declined to vote on a petition by opponents urging the NRC to break from its regulations and consider the financial condition of the plant's owners. …

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