Exelon seeking 20-year extension at Peach Bottom

David Weissman
  • Exelon is seeking license extensions to operate Peach Bottom plants through 2053 and 2054.
  • Peach Bottom, in Delta, currently is licensed to operate through 2033 and 2034.
  • The nuclear plant employs more than 800 workers.

Exelon is seeking license extensions to continue operating Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station through 2053 and 2054, the company announced at the state Capitol building Tuesday.

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

Located in Delta, the two-unit station has current operating licenses set to expire in 2033 and 2034. Exelon spokesman Marshall Murphy said it is common to engage the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission this far in advance.

Marshall said economic and clean air benefits highlight Exelon's reasoning for wanting to extend operations at Peach Bottom. The plant currently has more than 800 full-time employees, according to a news release.

Company officials joined Peach Bottom employees and state officials including House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, in Harrisburg for the announcement.

Marshall said Exelon was gratified by state officials' participation, which exemplified the importance of maintaining nuclear energy facilities in Pennsylvania.

Exelon recently announced it would begin taking steps to shut down two of its nuclear plants in Illinois, and Marshall said the Chicago-based company is facing challenges to ensure nuclear plants are properly valued throughout its holdings.

Exelon, which also operates Three Mile Island Generating Station in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, holds stakes in many different types of energy plants, excluding coal-fire plants.

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