|Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station|
That is the date that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct its annual "open house" to discuss the plant's performance over the prior year.
The meeting will take place at the Limerick Township Building, 646 West Ridge Pike, from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public.
NRC staff members, including the on-site inspectors, will be on hand to discuss the plant's safety record over the year.
NRC oversight will be increased in 2012 as the result of a finding of "low to moderate safety significance," regarding the operation of Limerick's Unit 2 generator.
The finding was the result of "inadequate procedures" related to the operation of two main feedwater system valves, which would have been inoperable in the case of an accident as a result of the problem.
As The Mercury reported in December, for a month last spring, two safety systems needed in case of a nuclear accident at Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating station were not working properly due to an error by plant personnel.
|Exelon operates two boiling water reactors at the Limerick plant.|
An NRC team inspection is planned for the week of June 11 "to review the company's root cause and contributing cause evaluation for the problems; its assessment of potential similar issues; and its corrective actions to prevent a recurrence," according to an NRC release.
"Our expectation is that Exelon will thoroughly address the issues that contributed to the 'white' inspection finding finalized for Limerick late last year," NRC Region 1 Administrator Bill Dean said in the release.
"Ensuring that occurs will be a focus for the NRC in 2012," he said.
In 2011, "our inspectors spent time checking on whether there were any immediate safety concerns at U.S. nuclear power plants following the March events at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan," Dean said. "Those reviews indicated the plants remained safe for continued operation."
Below is a timeline I put together that allows you to follow along with the developments after the earthquake and how they affected Limerick.