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[cdn-nucl-l] Nuclear plant gets 20-year license extension
Posted in the Bucks County Courier Times on May 7, 2003 and at:
Nuclear plant gets 20-year license extension
The Associated Press
DELTA, Pa. - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday granted the
Peach Bottom nuclear power plant a 20-year extension of its license to
The plant, located on the Susquehanna River in York County, is owned by
Chicago-based Exelon Corp. and PSE&G of New Jersey, and operated by Exelon.
Exelon spent $14 million over four years to complete engineering, safety and
environmental analyses for the renewal, the company said.
"The safety review determined that Peach Bottom has solid programs in place
to provide for the continued safe and reliable operation and maintenance of
the plant," said Peach Bottom's vice president, Rusty West. "The
environmental review concluded that any environmental impacts from extending
the license would be small."
An original 40-year license for Peach Bottom's unit 2 was to expire in 2013
and is now extended until 2033. The unit 3 license, which was to expire in
2014, was extended until 2034. Peach Bottom unit 1 is retired.
The two reactors are capable of producing a total of 2,274 net megawatts at
any given time; 1,000 megawatts is enough to feed about 1 million
households. Both units began commercial operation in 1974.
Exelon operates three of Pennsylvania's five nuclear power plants.
May 7, 2003 6:11 PM