Date: October 16, 2014 Time: Visit us anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Location: Limerick’s Learning Center
Meet our employees and learn how we produce electricity at Limerick Generating Station. You can tour the main control room simulator, learn about our environmental programs and emergency preparedness, and get your own Limerick Generating Station souvenir badge! Children welcome!
Enter our property at the intersection of Sanatoga and Evergreen Roads in Limerick Twp. and follow signs for parking.
Exelon representatives will be stationed in the parking area when you arrive. A shuttle will be provided to the learning center.
PPL Corporation, which owns the Susquehanna Steam nuclear power plant in Salem Township, is merging its electric generation business with that of another company to form a new stand-alone, independent power producer.
PPL Corporation and energy investment firm Riverstone Holdings LLC are combining and spinning off their power generation operations to form the separate company, Talen Energy Corporation, which will be publicly traded. PPL Corporation won’t have any ownership interest in the new company, but its shareholders will own 65 percent of it and Riverstone’s will own 35 percent, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
An unusual event is the first of the four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for nuclear power plants.
“We will conduct a full investigation of this incident and make any necessary changes to be sure it does not recur,” Timothy S. Rausch, senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer for PPL Susquehanna, said in a press release.
The event had no effect on public safety and required no public action, according to PPL Corp., the Allentown company that partly owns and operates the plant.
Residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station will hear a full sound siren test as Exelon conducts a test of its emergency siren system. The full sound test is performed on the first Monday in June and December as part of Exelon’s comprehensive Emergency Preparedness program. A shorter, lower pitch test is performed monthly.
Residents may contact the counties at the following numbers if they have concerns: Berks County (610) 374-4800; Chester County (610) 344-5000; Montgomery County (610) 631-6530.
The warning sirens are one of several methods used by county emergency management authorities to provide notification of emergencies. Individual counties may activate the sirens to warn the surrounding community of events such as fires, floods, tornados, hazardous material releases, or nuclear energy plant events. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate. In an actual emergency, residents should tune to one of the county Emergency Alert System radio or television stations for further information. Residents should refer to the “emergency” section of their telephone books for further information or visit the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency web site, www.pema.state.pa.us.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When an explosion Wednesday morning caused operators to cut power to one of two nuclear reactors at the Limerick Generating Station, it had an impact on the power supply to the entire mid-Atlantic region.
One of two reactors was shut down at 8:39 after an electrical problem caused by an explosion in a transformer cut power to a turbine cooling system, officials said.