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Exelon petitions to extend license of Peach Bottom nuclear facility

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 8/1/18

An application to extend by another 20 years the current operating license of the two reactors at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in York County has been filed with the Nuclear Regulatory …

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Exelon petitions to extend license of Peach Bottom nuclear facility

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An application to extend by another 20 years the current operating license of the two reactors at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in York County has been filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by plant owner Exelon Corp.

If granted by the NRC, the license of Peach Bottom Unit 2 would be extended from the current expiration of Aug. 8, 2033, to 2053, said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan. The license of Peach Bottom Unit 3 would be extended from the current July 2, 2034 expiration to 2054.

Exelon also owns and operates the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Londonderry Township. In May 2017, Exelon announced plans to prematurely retire Three Mile Island in September 2019, unless state lawmakers pass legislation to make TMI and other nuclear plants in Pennsylvania more economically competitive with other energy sources such as natural gas and renewables like solar and wind.

Exelon already has stopped investing capital in TMI, a senior Exelon official told the Pennsylvania Nuclear Energy Caucus in April. TMI has not been profitable in six years, Exelon has said.

An Exelon spokeswoman when asked for comment did not directly address why Exelon is seeking to extend the license of Peach Bottom at the same time it is planning to decommission TMI a little over a year from now.

Instead, the comment emailed from spokeswoman Maria Hudson makes the case for why Exelon is seeking to extend the license of the Peach Bottom plant.

“Exelon Generation has submitted an application for a second 20-year license renewal at Peach Bottom, as we first announced in 2016,” Hudson said. “Having made significant investments in new equipment and technology, Peach Bottom is a good candidate for an extended operating license. A second 20-year license renewal would continue the station’s 40-year legacy of operational excellence while preserving its zero-emission power, thousands of good-paying jobs and support for the local and regional community.”