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NRC holds hearings on Limerick nuclear plant relicensing

Limerick editor Kevin Haslam tweeted live from the night hearing.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held two public hearings Thursday on the pending relicensing of the Limerick Generating Station and Limerick patch editor Kevin Haslam tweeted live from the night hearing. Following are his updates. Check back for the complete story.

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Tweeting live from NRC meeting

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Florida consultant calls into NRC meeting and claims safety analysis done by NRC is misleading.

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Florida man continues on saying app process is a footrace between congress and NRC and that the renewal isnt based on safety considerations

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Pottstown Borough Councilman Jeff Chomnuk speaks at NRC meeting. Says after touring plant, safety is paramount

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Local resident talks about human life at NRC meeting. Says there will be no evacuating this area in threat of disasters and terrorism

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Resident goes on to say we don't need power plants and electricity we use is causing cancer

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Jeffrey Norton of PA Energy Alliance supports the renewal bc nuke energy reduces elec costs, is safe...

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Norton also says nuke energy protects environment against greenhouse gases and strengthens the economy

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Bill MaGuire reiterates what he said at earlier meeting. MaGuire is site VP at Limerick Generating Station

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It appears all remaining speakers at NRC meeting spoke at the 2 p.m. meeting. Patch will have additional coverage tonight and tomorrow morning

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Talks continue at NRC meeting. Former Limerick Generating Station engineer says the renewal is inappropriate for engineering reasons

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Phoenixville resident asks why we need the Price Anderson Act if nuclear energy is so safe. We are tweeting live from NRC meeting

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Dr Cuthbert of ACE elaborates on earlier comments: Limerick Gen Station must be closed. Has 14 reasons

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The NRCs meeting has concluded. Both meetings today had 15 speakers a piece. We will have more coverage soon

Following are tweets from the afternoon hearing.

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Three speakers so far at the NRC meeting - Dr Lewis Cuthbert, Bill MaGuire and Tom Quigley. Cuthbert strongly opposed renewal.

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Quigley and MaGuire both support the renewal

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Local resident airs concerns at NRC meeting with pollution and water

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VP of license renewal at NRC says Limerick is operated safely and will continue to. "not only safe, but clean and reliable"

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Dr Frank Winter: Some scientists have predicted nuclear energy could someday destroy mankind.

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Supervisor Neafcy thanks Exelon for being a good neighbor. Said w/o its sponsorship, economic hardship would fall on the backs of taxpayers.

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East Coventry resident says renewal doesn't make sense and that a failure due to old equipment would be hell breaking loose.

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Limerick police Chief Bill Albany supports renewal and has no worries of safety problems at LGS.

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There is a second NRC public forum meeting tonight at 7 p.m. - See our article: patch.com/A-lPTC

Bill MOrgan September 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM
I think the Limerick Power Plant is fine. However, I think Exelon should give local energy consumers a price break since we paid for this plant through the PECO agreement called "stranded assets" conceived when deregulation was approved and PECO's customers paid $5.6 Billion dollars for construction, when nuclear energy was expensive and other sources were less expensive. now the reverse is true, but the asset was quietly transferred to Exelon from Peco even though Peco's customers paid for it. In conjunction with this, Peco is just going to buy power off the grid and eliminate the RH discounts over 2012. If they do that electric housing heating costs will increase dramatically. and lots of us senior citizens will be colder than last year over the winter..What can we do????I've tried with PECO and the PUC and they don't really care.. Bill Morgan East Coventry Township whmorgan59@yahoo.comn
Suzanne jefferis September 30, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I do not think the power plant is 'fine'. Nuclear power is neither safe nor clean, it costs the taxpayer in construction, operation, health and clean up in the event of leaks or more catastrophic accidents. It is also not efficient, providing only 13% of energy usage, which can be made up with green energy. It's only advantage is the corporate profits it produces, all at our expense.

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