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DRESDEN NUCLEAR POWER STATION, UNIT 2: NRC Issues Subsequent Renewed Licenses for Peach Bottom Reactors

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By Press release submission | Mar 11, 2020


Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 2 issued the following announcement on March 10.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has approved Exelon Generation Company’s

application for an additional 20 years of operation for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

Units 2 and 3, located near Delta, Pa. These renewed licenses authorize reactor operation from 60 to

80 years.

The Peach Bottom Unit 2 subsequent renewed license expires on Aug. 8, 2053. The Unit 3

subsequent renewed license expires on July 2, 2054. The rationale for the NRC’s decision is

documented in the staff’s February 2020 final Safety Evaluation Report on the application, as well

as the staff’s January 2020 final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The NRC’s

Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards also reviewed the safety aspects of renewing the


The NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board terminated the adjudicatory proceeding

regarding the application in June 2019 and concluded that no contested matters remained before it

for resolution. The Board’s decision has been appealed to the Commission. The NRC staff has

determined that issuing the subsequent renewed licenses before the Commission acts on the appeals

would not foreclose or prejudice any action by the Commission.

Exelon submitted the Peach Bottom subsequent license renewal application on

July 10, 2018. The application, excluding proprietary details, is available on the NRC website. The

subsequent license renewal process determines whether an operating reactor can safely extend its

license for an additional 20 years (from 60 to 80 years of operation)

Original source can be found here.

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