Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will meet in Delta, PA, Sept. 12 to discuss the agency’s draft Environmental Impact Statement on Exelon Generation Company’s application for an additional 20 years of operation for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3.
The NRC wants to hear the public’s views on the draft conclusion that said environmental impacts from the nuclear facility “are not great enough to prevent the agency from considering issuance of the renewed licenses.”
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station is a two-unit nuclear generation facility located on the west bank of the Conowingo Pond (Susquehanna River) in Delta, PA.
Peach Bottom is co-owned by Exelon Generation and Public Service and Gas of New Jersey. Exelon Nuclear operates the two of three units at Peach Bottom currently in operation. Both operating units are boiling water reactors that generate 2,770 megawatts (MW) of electricity. These units began commercial operation in 1974 and are currently licensed to operate through 2033 and 2034.
The NRC will hold the meeting at the Peach Bottom Inn, 6085 Delta Road in Delta, from 6-8 p.m. An NRC open house, from 5-6 p.m., will provide members of the public the opportunity to speak informally with agency staff. Staff presentations at the meeting will describe the environmental review process and the draft findings, and will be followed by a formal public comment period.
Those wanting to register in advance to comment at the meetings should contact David Drucker no later than Aug. 29, by telephone at 800-368-5642 ext. 6223 or via e-mail. Those requesting to speak may also register at the meeting no later than 5:45 p.m.
NRC staff will consider written comments on the draft EIS until Sept. 23, following the publication of a notice in the Federal Register.
Exelon submitted the Peach Bottom subsequent license renewal application July 10, 2018. The subsequent license renewal process determines whether an operating reactor can extend its license for an additional 20 years (initial license renewals add 20 years to a reactor’s original 40-year license).