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. …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Outage caused by transformer short
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that they have determined that the recent outage of Exelon Generating Station's Unit 1 had been repaired and that no corrective action on behalf of the regulatory agency was needed. In a press release, the NRC officially stated that the outage was caused by an internal fault in a transformer. The transformer was damaged, resulting in "deformation and charring" on the outside. The transformer was replaced, the unit was restarted, and it returned to full power at about 5:00pm on July 25.
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 …
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 …
Wednesday, May 16, 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 Generating Station 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 …
Friday, May 11, 2012
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 …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday addressed safety concerns from local residents.
A 1974 geologic report was the subject of much discussion during a meeting in Limerick Township on Wednesday. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission hosted the meeting to discuss with the public an annual safety performance assessment of Exelon's Limerick nuclear power plant. There was no agenda for the event, which included workers from the NRC and Exelon. Members of The Alliance For A Clean Environment brought copies of the nearly 40-year-old report, produced by Dames and Moore for the Philadelphia Electric Company, and a geologic map that shows several faults near the Limerick plant. ACE -- a non-profit founded in the late 1980's that disbanded, rejuvenated in 1995 and has roughly 1,000 members -- works to protect the environment and …
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 …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Next, the board will decide whether to hold an evidentiary hearing.
The three-judge Atomic Safety and Licensing Board assigned to consider a request for a hearing on the Limerick nuclear power plant license renewal application issued a decision on the admissibility of the request, said Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Affairs Officer Neil Sheehan via email today. The judges ruled that one of the contentions submitted by the National Resources Defense Council – as limited and reworded by the ASLB – is admissible. The judges also found NRDC has standing to bring such a challenge, Sheehan said. The contention admitted questions whether: • Exelon omitted from its environmental report for the Limerick application a required analysis of new and significant information regarding potential new severe …