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After Shutdowns, Limerick Nuclear Power Plant Holds Information Session Tonight

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LIMERICK, Pa. (CBS) - The company that runs the Limerick nuclear plant might expect a larger-than-normal crowd at its scheduled information session tonight: it comes in the wake of several recent incidents that have left nearby residents concerned.

Just last week, both of Limerick’s reactors shut down — first, Unit 2, which twice came to a halt, and then, Unit 1. Both involved issues with the turbine, which spins to generate electricity using steam from the reactors.

Neil Sheehan with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they’re keeping a close eye on problem patterns at the plant, but for now…

“They are not at a level at this point that would lead us to ratchet up our level of oversight.”

Still, he says the NRC has two full-timers at Limerick to ensure the safety systems are working properly.

They’ll also be at the plant operator’s community meeting from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the generating station to answer questions along with Exelon officials.

Visitors are asked to park in the Limerick Generating Station’s upper lot at 3146 Sanatoga Road.

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio

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