Thursday, May 23, 2013
Visitors saw the training control room and several exhibits.
Exelon's Limerick Generating Station opened its doors to the public for an Open House on May 16, showing off a mock control room where operators practice their skills and putting up a series of exhibits on all parts of plant operations. There were also exhibits from the Pennsylvania Energy Alliance and a group that helped revitalize the Frick's Lock Village grounds.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The hearings will discuss the environmental impact of extending the plant's license.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials will hold two environmental impact hearings on Thursday at Sunnybrook Ballroom, regarding the license renewal process for Exelon's Limerick Generating Station. The first hearing will be at 2 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. The hearings are open for public comment. The license renewal would allow Limerick Generating Station's two units to continue operating until 2044 (Unit 1) and 2049 (Unit 2). The hearings follow a Draft Environmental Impact Statement issued by the NRC staff. "Based on its review, the NRC staff has preliminarily recommended that the Commission determine the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for the Limerick plant are not so great that preserving the option of license…
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's program of random drug and alcohol testing discovered the employee's violation of the plant's drug policy.
An unnamed supervisor at the Exelon Limerick Generating Station tested postitive for alcohol use during a random substance test on Tuesday, according to a story in the Times Herald. The employee, who is in a supervisory role but does not work in the control room area of the plant, was restricted from duty. “On April 24, 2013, a Limerick employee was immediately removed from duty after reporting to work and testing positive during a random alcohol screening. The worker did not access vital areas of the plant and at no point was the safety or security of the facility impacted,” Dana Melia, plant communications director, wrote in response to a Pottstown Mercury email seeking comment. Exelon conducts rigorous Fitness for Duty tests which …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The plant's Unit 2 system was restored to full power on Monday night.
According to a press release from Exelon's Limerick Gerenating Station, Limerick's Unit 2 was returned to full power on Monday night following an almost one-month refueling outage. Dana Melia, Exelon communications manager, says in the press release that nearly one third of the reactor's fuel was replaced, and the employees performed thousands of inspections, upgrades and maintenance activities that can only be done when the unit is offline. The refueling outage also brought a boost to the local economy in the form of 2,000 temporary employees - many from local union halls - that were brought in to assist with the process. Refueling outages occur on a two-year cycle. Unit 1 is scheduled for a refueling outage in 2014.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
An additional 2,000 workers are in the area to work at the plant during the refueling outage.
This press release was sent in by Exelon Corporation. More than 2,000 highly trained technical workers are in the area to support Limerick Generating Station’s Unit 2 refueling outage that began shortly after midnight last night. Scheduled outages allow workers to perform detailed inspections, equipment upgrades and maintenance work that cannot be completed while the units are operating. “Our business sees a positive boost from Limericks’ refueling outages,” said John Cutillo, Owner of Cutillo’s Restaurant in Sanatoga. “The local business community benefits from the additional workers who need local accommodations and purchase goods, services and meals throughout the region.” Limerick has two reactors, each of which is refueled once every…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The meeting attendees will discuss Limerick Generating Station's annual assessment.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is planning an open meeting on Thursday, March 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Limerick Township Municipal Building, where representatives will discuss the Limerick Generating Station's annual assessment. Attending the meeting will be the full-time NRC resident inspectors and their supervisor, as well as staff from Exelon. According to an NRC press release, the plant operated safely during 2012: "Overall, the Limerick plant -- a twin-reactor facility located in Limerick (Montgomery County) and operated by Exelon Nuclear Generation Co., LLC. -- operated safely during 2012. At the conclusion of last year, as assessed by the NRC’s Reactor Oversight Process, there were no performance indicators for the facility that…
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. …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Limerick Township police arrested several people taking pictures of Limerick Generating Station.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
According to a Facebook post today from the Limerick Township Police Department, two officers were called to the Limerick Generating Station recently for a report of several trespassers. Sergeant Paul Marchese and Officer Tim DiGregorio arrived at the facility after a report that five people had walked beyond the “No Trespassing” signs and were taking pictures of the plant. The officers investigated and determined that all five subjects were from Costa Rica. Police said the five people told them they were shopping at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets when they saw the two towers and decided to go take pictures. The Facebook post said that the alleged trespassers' names were checked against current terrorism watch lists, and they did not …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Concerns about spent fuel storage lead to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board suspending the plant's license renewal process.
The license renewal proceeding for the nuclear power plant in Limerick was suspended this week over concerns about the growing amount of spent nuclear fuel accumulating at the site. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission decided on Aug. 8 to suspend the license renewal process for the Exelon-owned plant, formally known as the Limerick Generating Station, as well as for a number of other nuclear plants across the country. Exelon was in the process of requesting a 20-year license extension that would extend the current license for Unit 1 to Oct. 26, 2044 and Unit 2 to June 22, 2049. Following multiple similar motions filed by the Natural Resource Defense Council and other environmental groups, the Atomic …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
NRC: Electrical fault in transformer was impetus for manual shutdown; plant operator says 'no threat' to public safety
Last updated 9:48 p.m. Wednesday The Unit 1 nuclear reactor at Exelon's Limerick Generating Station was shut down at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday following an electrical fault in a transformer, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement sent to area media outlets. The reactor was manually shut down from the power station's control room following the fault, according to the NRC. "The NRC is closely monitoring the shutdown, with our Resident Inspectors assigned to the plant gathering information from the control room and sharing it with NRC staff. There do not appear to be any complications at this point. We will want to know more about Exelon’s root cause evaluation of what caused the event and about any and all corrective action," NRC …