Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No. I-16-015 May 16, 2016
Contact: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330 Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
NRC to Hold Open House on May 23 in Limerick, Pa., to Discuss 2015 Performance of Limerick Nuclear Power Plant
Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct an open house on Monday, May
23, in Limerick, Pa., to discuss the agency’s annual review of safety
performance at the Limerick nuclear power plant.
will be at the Limerick Township Municipal Building, at 646 W. Ridge
Pike, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. to discuss the plant’s performance in 2015 and
the agency’s oversight plans for the remainder of 2016. On hand will be
agency employees responsible for inspections of the plant, including the
resident inspectors who are based full-time at the plant.
NRC’s Reactor Oversight Process is the foundational program that
enables the agency to successfully complete its mission of assessing
plant safety. Under that program, the NRC gauges plant performance
through the use of color-coded inspection findings and performance
indicators, which are statistical measurements of plant performance that
can trigger additional oversight if exceeded.
Based on its
2015 reviews, the NRC determined that the Limerick nuclear plant, which
is owned by Exelon and is the site of two boiling-water reactors,
operated safely during 2015. As of the end of last year, Limerick Units 1
and 2 had no inspection findings that were “greater than green” or no
performance indicators that were other than “green” (very low safety
significance) and will therefore receive the NRC’s normal battery of
reviews, barring any changes.
The NRC’s normal level of
oversight at each U.S. nuclear power plant involves thousands of hours
of inspection. In 2015, the agency devoted approximately 5,300 hours of
review at Limerick.
“Our Annual Assessments allow us to step
back at regular intervals and size up plant performance. However, we
view oversight of each facility as an ongoing responsibility,” Acting
NRC Region I Administrator David Lew said. “In the case of Limerick, the
plant’s current performance qualifies for our normal level of
The NRC issues reports on performance at each
plant twice a year: during the mid-cycle, or mid-point, of the year, and
at the conclusion of the year. Inspection findings and performance
indicators are also updated on a quarterly basis on the agency’s
website. Following the release of the Annual Assessment letters each
March, the NRC meets with the public in the vicinity of each plant to
discuss the results. Normal inspections are carried out by the two
resident inspectors assigned to Limerick. Reviews are also performed at
the sites by specialist inspectors on a periodic basis.
the areas to be inspected this year at Limerick are radiological safety,
fire protection and the plant’s problem identification and resolution
program. In addition, the NRC will inspect the plant’s dry cask storage
facility for spent nuclear fuel.
The Annual Assessment letter for Limerick, as well as the notice for the May 23 open house, are available on the NRC website. Current performance information is also available for Limerick Unit 1 and Unit 2.