York Daily Record By BRENT BURKEY
July 10, 2009
Environmental monitoring at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station has turned up levels of a radioactive form of hydrogen six times what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says is acceptable.
But Peach Bottom maintains there is no public health threat or health threat to employees at the plant.
JUNE 16, 2009 MEETING WITH EXELON NUCLEAR TO DISCUSS
MANAGEMENT OF BORAFLEX DEGRADATION AT PEACH BOTTOM
ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3, AND THE ASSOCIATED
LICENSE AMENDMENT REQUEST UNDER REVIEW TO REVISE THE
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE SPENT FUEL POOL K
FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE MEETING AND HOW TO ATTEND, READ MORE.
To view a collected history of fires at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, open pdf.
Nuclear generating stations remain one of Pennsylvania’s largest consumers
of foreign oil. Emergency diesel generators (EDG) at Pennsylvania’s five nuclear
generating stations burn hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil annually. For
example, Three Mile Island (TMI) is required to have a diesel fuel oil tank with
sufficient minimum inventory to supply two operating emergency diesel
generators for at least seven days. This minimum inventory is 28,285 gallons.
This equates to each emergency diesel generator consuming about 85 gallons per
hour of run-time. EDGs must be run about two hours per month plus one 24-
hour run per year. These generators also must be in operation during post-
maintenance periods and after equipment breakdowns. One EDG at TMI running
100 hours in a year consumes 8,500 gallons of fuel.