LIMERICK PA – Students attending Pottsgrove Middle and North Montgomery County Technical High
schools, two different Cub Scout packs, and residents of the Creekwood Village retirement community of Schwenksville PA – a total of 70 people – all were guest visitors last week at the information center and control room simulator of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station (LGS).
Each group learned about the workings of the nuclear power plant and how it creates energy, company spokesman Joseph Szafran said Tuesday (March 10, 2009). They also toured the simulator, which is an exact replica of the actual control room in LGS and is used to train plant operators.
“We enjoyed the field trip very much, and a lot of students’ curiosities were cleared,” said Deb Frasca, a teacher at Pottsgrove Middle. “They liked getting an inside look at what happens at Limerick.”
Exelon refers to these visits as “Community Simulator Days,” and plans to conduct several throughout the year, according to Szafran. The next is scheduled for May 18. “We enjoy teaching our neighbors about the plant and how it operates,” Chris Mudrick, Limerick site vice president, noted. “Our hope is that, by hosting students in the simulator, we are … generating an interest in nuclear energy.”