Exelon applies for Peach Bottom license extension
— Exelon Generation announced Tuesday that it is applying for an additional 20-year operating license for its Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.
The current licenses expire in 2033 and 2034, according to Marshall Murphy, Exelon spokesman.
“We believe the formal application will be submitted in 2018,” he added Tuesday, noting the expectation is that approval could be received in 2020 or 2021. “It requires a great deal of information.”
Murphy called it “an extensive process.”
The Conowingo Dam — also owned by Exelon Generation — has been operating without a license since March. Its initial license expired in September 2014, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a temporary license.
“This has nothing to do with Conowingo,” Murphy said.
The utility giant will seek two licenses for 20 years, one for each of its Delta operations. If approved, those licenses would then expire in 2053 and 2054, respectively.
According to Exelon, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued 40-year licenses when Peach Bottom opened in 1974. NRC rules allow for the license holders to apply for a 20-year extension of that original license.
In a prepared statement, Exelon officials acknowledged the long road ahead, saying, “The NRC’s license renewal process will take many years and will require a comprehensive review of the plant’s robust design and multiple, redundant safety systems, as well as a public comment period.”
Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane called the application for the extension “great news for Peach Bottom workers, our neighbors and the state’s economy.”
Crane said Pennsylvania’s goal in meeting requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan would be helped through the license extension.
“Exelon’s nuclear stations — including Peach Bottom — help the state meet those goals and continue powering the economy for decades to come,” he said.