Exelon will submit Limerick license renewal by end of June

Exelon Corp. expects to apply for renewal of the operating license for its Limerick nuclear power plant before the end of June.

Bill Maguire, site vice president for the Limerick Generating Station, said the company has been preparing the documentation needed to submit its application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the second quarter.

Exelon had previously announced that it intend to seek license renewal for the two units at Limerick during 2011. Currently, Unit 1 is licensed to operate through 2024 and Unit 2 through 2029. If the NRC approves, the operating life of those units would be extended by 20 years.

Maguire reviewed Exelon's operations at Limerick, which has the capacity to generate 2,345 megawatts of electricity, at a meeting of the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce at Spring Hollow Golf Course in Spring City Thursday morning.

The partial meltdown of Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was mentioned by several businesspeople who asked questions about how Exelon handles spent fuel, backup power generation and security.