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Limerick Nuclear Permits Set To Renew

LIMERICK PA – Permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for continued operation of Exelon Corp.‘s nuclear generating station at Limerick are expected to be renewed within the next 30 days.

Limerick Nuclear Generating Station, owned by Exelon.

Limerick Generating Station, owned by Exelon.

In an advertisement published Sunday (Nov. 16, 2008) in The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, the DEP announced it was prepared to renew permits that allowed Exelon to operate three water boilers, eight emergency generators, two cooling towers and an emergency spray pond at the station in Limerick (PA) Township, just southeast of Sanatoga.

Most of the listed equipment emits gasses and particulate matter into the air, requiring DEP approval.

Exelon’s renewal application and related information is available for public review by appointment only weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main St., Norristown PA. For more information, call 484-250-5910. Comments, suggestions or objections to the renewal must be submitted in writing by Dec. 16 (2008) to Air Quality Engineer Manager Janine Tulloch-Reid at the same address.

DEP has not announced plans to conduct a hearing on the renewal application, but may do so at its discretion. Any proposed hearing dates would be publicly announced. The station’s permit number is 46-00038.

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