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Power company unapologetically closes park, creates backlash
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Power company unapologetically closes park, creates backlash

HOLTWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A power company is getting zapped over its decision to close a popular park in Pennsylvania.

Talen Energy Corp. booted the public from Holtwood Picnic & Recreation Area, a 400-acre tract in a rural farming area in Lancaster County that had served the public for at least 50 years.

Because it recently sold a nearby hydroelectric plant, Talen is no longer subject to a federal requirement to provide the public with recreational opportunities.

But residents say the company provided zero notice of the park closure, and they’re fighting to get it reopen.

In the wake of a bitter backlash, Talen now says it’s working with a local conservancy and hopes the talks will “lead to an outcome that will benefit everyone who is interested in the land.”

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