Monday, February 4, 2013
Exelon's nuclear plants, including Limerick Generating Station, have been the focus of an NRC investigation.
In a letter sent to Exelon Nuclear and provided to the press, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that an internal investigation showed that Exelon "employees deliberately provided incomplete and inaccurate information in decommissioning funding status (DFS) reports submitted to the NRC." A report in The Mercury on Friday stated that the issue affects all 12 of Exelon Nuclear's plants—three in Pennsylvania, two in New Jersey and seven in Illinois. A decommissioning fund is used after a plant is closed to restore the property to its pre-facility condition. Generally, the funds are placed in a trust and are regularly checked to make sure the money is growing at a rate steady enough to provide the full necessary amount at closure. …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Operators removed the unit from service at roughly 2 p.m. today to repair a turbine control valve.
Operators at Exelon’s Limerick Nuclear Generating Station removed Unit 2 from service today at approximately 2 p.m., said Dana Melia, communications manager for the plant, via email. The shutdown was needed to perform scheduled maintenance. During the Unit 2 outage, plant personnel will repair a turbine control valve before returning the unit to service, Melia said. “These additional maintenance activities and inspections will help get us ready for the peak summer season ahead,” said Russ Kearney, Limerick Site Vice President. “We are working hard now to make sure we can run at full power all summer long, when our customers need us most.” The repairs can only be performed while the plant is offline, Melia said. Limerick Unit 1 will …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Chicago-based Exelon operates the most number of nuclear power plants in the U.S. including Limerick's generating station.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
May 23 (Reuters) - Exelon Corp said TRC Capital Corp made an unsolicited mini-tender offer for up to 3 million of its shares. TRC is seeking to buy the shares, which would represent about 0.35 percent of Exelon's common stock, for $36.55 per share. Exelon said the offer was 4 percent below its share-closing price on May 17, the approximate date of commencement of the offer. Read full story. Read more: White House gears up on wind - McCain, Inhofe go after biofuels - Obama loses ... Duke Energy Employees at Oconee Win TIP Award For Digital Conversion Safety ... Midday Glance: Utilities companies
Exelon's Limerick nuclear power plant will host an information night on Thursday.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
From Exelon's Limerick nuclear generating station: Ever wonder how nuclear power is generated or how a nuclear plant operates? Attend Limerick Generating Station’s Community Information Night to find the answers to these questions and many more. You’ll also see firsthand how Limerick Generating Station is safely harnessing nuclear power in the Tri-County Area to power two million homes. The free event will be held at Limerick’s Learning Center on Thursday, May 24th from 4:30 p.m-7:30 p.m. Station employees will be on hand to educate visitors on station operations; site maintenance; engineering practices; environmental stewardship; industrial safety; radiological safety; site security; emergency preparedness; license renewal, and much …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Three faults were documented when the Limerick nuclear plant was planned over 30 years ago.
Local residents last month questioned whether the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission knew of local faults when the Limerick power plant was planned for construction. "The short answer is, 'yes,'" said Diane Screnci, NRC senior public affairs officer. Folks at a meeting in Limerick Township last month showed NRC officials a document which referred to "the Sanatoga fault" and asked whether the NRC was aware of its proximity to the Limerick site prior to initial licensing. The NRC hosted the meeting -- which included workers from the commission and Exelon -- to discuss with the public an annual safety performance assessment of Exelon's Limerick nuclear power plant. At that time, members of The Alliance For A Clean Environment brought …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A letter to the editor:
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Decades have passed since my husband, our son, and I chose land in Limerick for our first house. We were not aware that at about the same time, it appears PECO was secretly buying land in Limerick for a nuclear power plant just three miles from our home. By the time it became public knowledge, construction had already begun. Despite community concerns raised by many of us back then, PECO, the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant, and the NRC insisted that nuclear power was safe. The newest owner, Exelon, currently echoes that assertion. But evidence suggests otherwise. In March of 2011, one of Japan’s nuclear power plants called Fukushima, suffered a horrifying meltdown that is impacting the world’s ecosystems and will continue to do so for …
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a quarterly inspection report for the generating station.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March completed an inspection at Exelon's Limerick nuclear generating station, which included a review of the plant's activities, procedures, records and an interview of personnel. The inspection examined the plant's activities related to safety and compliance with the NRC's rules, regulations and conditions of the facility's license. The inspection also reviewed the plant's identification of an unattended locked high radiation area on April 14 that prompted NRC officials on April 25 to determine whether a contract radiation protection technician serving as a guard intentionally left the locked area unattended. "Based on testimonial and documentary evidence gathered during the investigation, the …
Monday, May 7, 2012
This will be the plant's last dual siren check before implementation of a new system next month.
Folks who live in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around Limerick Generating Station will hear two siren tests when Exelon Nuclear conducts a system-wide check on Monday. "Beginning at 2 p.m., residents will hear two sets of tones lasting three minutes each," said Dana Melia, communications manager for Exelon's Limerick Generating Station, via news release. "All testing will be completed by 2:30 p.m." Monday's exercise will mark the plant's final dual siren test prior to implementation of a new siren system next month. The updated system will replace 165 emergency sirens in a 10-mile radius around Limerick Generating Station and is part of a $13 million investment to upgrade emergency sirens at Exelon Nuclear stations, the news …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will conduct an open house, from 6 to 8 p.m. April 18, regarding their annual safety assessment of the Limerick nuclear power plant.
Donna Cuthbert went from a career in women's fashion to a lifestyle that could give Erin Brockovich a provocative new perspective. But Cuthbert's day-to-day work is far from glamorous. She eats, drinks and breathes byproducts of nuclear reactor operations - literally, she says. Cuthbert on Monday shared some of the concerns she and other members of The Alliance For A Clean Environment will raise Wednesday at an open house hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss the annual safety performance of Exelon's Limerick nuclear power plant. The group members plan to address a recent radioactive water spill at the plant. But their worries plunge far deeper and further than local wells and the Schuylkill River. ACE -- a non-profit …
Friday, April 13, 2012
While a spill at the Limerick plant was well within federal safety limits, the real concern is over the cause of the accident.
Exelon Limerick and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials agree that diverted water released during a recent routine procedure was well within the station’s permitted radiological effluent limits. A bigger concern, however, is the reason for the spill, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official said. Exelon's Limerick Generating Station -- a nuclear power plant located in Montgomery County, roughly 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia -- on March 19 performed a scheduled and permitted water release. "During a release, mildly radioactive water is pre-mixed with hundreds of thousands of gallons of non radioactive water from Limerick’s cooling towers before it is pumped through a network of pipes to the Schuylkill River," said Dana Melia…