PPL Seeking NRC Approval to Renew Operating Licenses for Pennsylvania Nuclear Plant.
PPL today said it is seeking U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval to renew the operating licenses for the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County, Pa., for an additional 20 years.
The NRC has accepted PPL's application and is starting the formal review process after confirming that the 2,000-page application provides the information needed to begin a detailed technical review. Opportunities for public input will be available during the review process which is expected to take two to three years.
In 2005, the Susquehanna plant generated 18 million megawatt-hours, which is enough electricity to supply about 1.8 million homes. Susquehanna produced about 8 percent of all electricity generated in Pennsylvania last year. The plant has set records for power generated in five of the last six years.
The two reactors at the Susquehanna plant are operating under the original 40-year licenses approved by the NRC in 1982 for Unit 1 and 1984 for Unit 2. PPL's request seeks to extend the licenses until 2042 for Unit 1 and 2044 for Unit 2.
Concurrently, PPL has submitted a request to the NRC to increase the amount of electricity the Susquehanna plant can generate. The NRC also will be conducting a thorough technical review of that request, which is expected to take at least 12 months.
The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about seven miles north of Berwick, is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna.
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|Date:||Oct 30, 2006|
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