More Energy To Come From Limerick Nuclear Power Plant

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Limerick Nuclear Power Plant will soon begin generating more electricity.

After a year of review, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given Exelon permission to increase generating capacity by 1.65 percent.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan says that doesn’t sound like much but it’s enough to power 50,000 households, “Over time, the increase of 1.65 percent of each of those reactors will have a significant impact on the grid.”

Sheehan says neighbors of the plant won’t notice anything different because the increase is made possible simply by more accurately measuring water flow.

Exelon spokesman Joe Szafran calls it a milestone. “There’s always a need for clean, safe, reliable electricity on the grid and we’re able to provide that with these additional megawatts.”

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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  • momof3

    Maybe we should identify the source of iodine 131 being released into Philadelphia and the Schuylkill River, predating the situation in Japan. Elevations of iodine 131 were detected recently, and were around 4 picoCuries/L in August 2010. Elevations of iodine 131 were also detected in January 09 and October 07. THe hypothesis being raised is that this is attributable to cancer/thyroid patients excreting iodine 131 into the water. I find it tough to believe that patients are excreting at such a level that RAINwater at Limerick and TMI of iodine 131 (90-100picoCuries/L). The EPA data available from Queen Lane shows they have not tested for cesium 137 or any isotope of radium (a concern with fracking) since 2007. If we were testing for more isotopes, it would be easier to identify whether the elevated iodine 131 levels are attributable to patient excretion or related to Limerick. If they don’t test for some of the isotopes, it is tough to identify the source All too convenient? And if you aren’t testing for other radioactive isotopes, it is impossible to say the water is safe to drink because it would take X liters before it becomes a concern. If you aren’t testing for other radioactive isotopes, you don’t know how much radioactive material is in the water (cesium 137 hasn’t been tested since 2007 and has a half life of 30 years). THerefore you cannot assert it is a “safe” level if you are only looking at the level of iodine 131. Officials need to be pressed on whether Limerick is involved in discharging iodine 131 into the Schuylkill.

  • Joseph Harrington

    Yes, I really Hope that they really know what they are doing and know how to do It right!

  • Jack Rambo

    What are they thinking

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