Saturday, September 8, 2012
One of the nuclear power plant's two generators had been offline since last weekend for inspections.
Unit 1 at the Limerick Generating Station operated by Exelon Generation returned to full power late Friday night, the company said Saturday. The company announced last weekend that the unit had been taken offline on September 1 for planned inspections of its low-pressure turbine blades. Those inspections were completed "satisfactorily," the company said Saturday. “Plant personnel executed the planned outage safely and effectively,” said Tom Dougherty, vice president of the facility, in a statement sent to area media outlets. “These inspections are part of our commitment to operate Limerick at the highest level of safety and efficiency.” Similar inspections were performed on Unit 2 in May, the company said last week.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
The generator was taken offline early Saturday for 'planned inspections,' the company said.
Last updated 3:10 p.m. Saturday Unit 1 at the Limerick Generating Station nuclear plant was shut down early Saturday morning for what facility owner Exelon Generation called "planned inspections of its low-pressure turbine blades." "The inspections will help ensure that Limerick Generating Station continues to operate safely, efficiently, and reliably and can only be performed when the unit is offline." Unit 1 was previously shut down for about a month at the end of last winter while workers replaced about a third of the reactor's fuel and performed numerous "state-of-the-art equipment upgrades, extensive safety inspections and tests, and numerous plant improvements," the company said last March. On April 19, Unit 1 was taken offline again…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The public hearing drew both supporters and detractors of nuclear generating plant.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Delaware River Basin Commission conducted a joint hearing on Tuesday evening at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown. In attendance was Carol Collier, executive director for the DRBC; Jenifer Fields, PADEP Program Manager, Water Management; William Muszinsky, Water Resources Management Branch; and Kelly Hefner, DEP Deputy Secretary. This hearing was conducted as an opportunity for members of the public to express their opinion on a water-usage project for Limerick Generating Station that has been in the works for quite a long time. The hearing date was announced in July, but the hearing itself was announced nearly eight years ago. The project involves increasing the amount …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Was shut down last week after reported transformer failure
A generator that was shut down at the nuclear power plant in Limerick last week returned to full power at about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, the plant's owner said in a brief statement issued to the media. Exelon Generation said the station's 1200-megawatt Unit 1 generator, one of two at the facility, was back online following the "replacement and testing of an electrical transformer." According to Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports, Unit 1 had been returned to operation at low power by early Monday morning and was at 80 percent power on Wednesday morning. Unit 2 remained in operation during the outage.
Friday, July 13, 2012
The Exelon Corporation had initially requested a 20-year extension for both units of the Limerick facility, but they now find themselves amongst a growing list of nuclear facilities facing legal action.
Following last month's appellate court ruling, which called into question the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's claim that spent fuel-rods could be stored safely up to 60 years after a plant shuts down, The National Resources Defense Council has filed a motion with the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board which seeks to put a halt to the license renewal process for both reactors at the Limerick Generating Station. The Exelon Corporation had initially requested a 20-year extension for both units of the Limerick facility during June of 2011, but they now find themselves amongst a growing list of nuclear facilities facing legal action in the wake of the court's decision. "There are other similar challenges being brought against other plants, for …
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
Annual Event Helps Inform Residents and Engage Community in Station Operations
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The following release was submitted by Dana Melia, Communications Manager of the Limerick Generating Station: POTTSTOWN, PA (May 22, 2012) – 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; …
Monday, March 5, 2012
The company today said it added seven mobile, high-volume diesel-driven pumps to its plants including the Limerick Generating Station.
In a news release today, Exelon, which operates the Limerick Generating Station nuclear power plant, said it beefed up emergency preparedness. "Technical experts have verified readiness of more than 1,700 other pieces of equipment; inspected more than 1,900 flood barriers and seals; and invested more than 43,000 worker hours checking and testing equipment and procedures that might be needed in an emergency," the release states. "Those actions represent just a portion of the inspections, upgrades, and other work undertaken by Exelon Nuclear following the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster." The company operates the largest fleet of commercial nuclear facilities in the U.S., which includes 17 reactors at 10 sites. "Within a week of the March 11, …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A new seismic model will refine hazard analysis at U.S. nuclear plants.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The following press release was sent in by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The news will affect Limerick Generating Station. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released a new seismic study today that will help U.S. nuclear facilities in the central and eastern United States reassess seismic hazards. The Central and Eastern United States Seismic Source Characterization for Nuclear Facilities model and report is the culmination of a 4-year effort among the participating organizations and replaces previous seismic source models used by industry and government since the late 1980s. The NRC is requesting U.S. nuclear power plants to re-evaluate …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The company responded to a report issued Tuesday that said 6.7 million people in the state "could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant."
Despite a consumer advocacy group report on Tuesday that says nuclear power plants threaten the safety of drinking water, a spokeswoman for the Limerick generating station on Wednesday said the facility takes "extraordinary measures" to maintain the welfare of the community's water supply. The Pennsylvania Public Interested Research Group Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides research and public education for state consumers, on Tuesday released findings of its study Too Close to Home: Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water. According to the report, drinking water for 6.7 million Pennsylvanians is within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant, the distance the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to measure risk …