Talen Energy Abandons Bell Bend Nuclear Plant Project

Talen Energy abandons Bell Bend nuclear plant project

BERWICK, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Talen Energy announced Wednesday it's withdrawing its license application for a second proposed nuclear power plant in Luzerne County.

The company sent a written request to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, saying it sees no "viable path" to obtaining a license for its proposed Bell Bend nuclear power plant.

The company first filed an application in October 2008 to build the plant adjacent to the company's existing Susquehanna nuclear power plant.

In it's letter to the NRC, Talen Energy says the project became unworkable when AREVA, the company that developed the reactor design for Bell Bend, asked the NRC in February 2015 to suspend the design certification process.

Since that time Talen had suspended it's license application, now it's asking the application be withdrawn entirely.