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UPDATE: NRC renews operating licenses of Limerick nuclear power units

Exelon ends plans to uprate two nuclear power plants Limerick LaSalle Pennsylvania Illinois Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) renewed the operating licenses of units 1 and 2 at the Limerick Generating Station in Pennsylvania for an additional 20 years.

The new licenses will expire Oct. 26, 2044 for Unit 1 and June 22, 2049 for Unit 2. Exelon (NYSE: EXC) submitted the license renewal application on June 22, 2011. A safety evaluation report was issued in January 2013, and supplemented in August 2014. A supplemental environmental impact statement was published in August 2014.

“I am very happy that the NRC renewed Limerick’s operating license,” said Mariea Geho, East Coventry Township Supervisor. “The community has benefitted greatly from our partnership with Exelon. Limerick is a good neighbor and I am very pleased that the plant will be operating for future generations.”

Exelon said in a release that staff collectively spent 60,000 hours preparing the 2,000-page license renewal application.The original 40-year operating licenses were set to expire in 2024 for Unit 1 and 2029 for Unit 2.

Applications for an additional 17 renewals are currently under review. The Limerick renewables brings to 75 the number of commercial nuclear power reactors with renewed licenses.

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