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May 18, 1986 | By Andrew Cassel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judge Joseph P. Matuschak's ruling on Philadelphia Electric Co.'s record rate-increase request last week provided an important key to the status of Limerick 1, PE's newest, biggest and most expensive electric-generating plant. But the judge's recommendation, which called for a cut of more than 50 percent in PE's request, may be even more important to the future of its still-unfinished twin, Limerick 2. The second Limerick unit, which is not scheduled for completion until 1991, is technically not a part of the current PE rate case.
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July 15, 2010
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said it would open a factory discount store by next January at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick. It will be among five such test stores the Hampstead, Md., retailer plans. The first, in Riverhead, N.Y., opened this month. The company said it eventually might have 50 to 75 factory outlets.    - Paul Schweizer
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September 15, 1989 | By Dan Stets, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Electric Co. spent up to $269 million more than was necessary to build the Limerick 2 nuclear plant, a study released yesterday by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said. PE could have completed the $2.9 billion plant four years earlier than it did, and construction delays accounted for $245 million to $265 million in added costs, according to the report by Richard Metzler & Associates, a consulting firm based in Chicago. The rest of the cost overrun resulted from a design problem and inefficient control of inventories, the study said.
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July 29, 2012
Repair workers at the nuclear-powered Limerick Generating Station, about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia, kept a reactor shut down Saturday to replace a main steam valve, a plant spokeswoman said. Dana Melia said a slight temperature rise indicated a possible malfunction in the valve Friday, and it can be replaced only when the Unit 2 reactor is off line. She said a valve repair usually requires a shutdown of a couple of days. The Limerick plant shut down its Unit 1 reactor July 18 for an electrical problem.
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July 19, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
An electrical disturbance today prompted operator of the Limerick nuclear power plant in Pottstown to take one of its two units offline. The disturbance at 8:39 a.m. caused a loss of power to generator cooling equipment in the non-nuclear part of Unit 1, Exelon Generation, the plant's operator said. The company said it notified all appropriate federal, state and local government officials of the problem that it posed no threat to public. The unit will remain out of operation until repairs, inspections and testing can be completed, the company said.
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September 5, 1997 | By Bill Bell Jr., INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A former police officer, fired in February after a drunken-driving arrest, filed suit yesterday against the township's Board of Supervisors protesting his dismissal. Anthony McElwee of Boyertown was stopped for driving erratically in Towamencin Township in the early morning of Feb. 7. He failed a field sobriety test, and his breath-alcohol level was above the legal limit, according to Towamencin police. He was fired from the Limerick police force later the same day. The Board of Supervisors upheld McElwee's firing in an Aug. 5 hearing, said Limerick Township Solicitor Robert J. Brant Jr. McElwee is appealing the board's decision in Montgomery County Court.
BUSINESS
May 15, 1989 | By Dan Stets, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two decades of delays and controversy, Philadelphia Electric Co. is finally nearing completion of the Limerick 2 nuclear power plant in western Montgomery County. PE hopes to load nuclear fuel in the 1,055-megawatt reactor this summer and have the plant operating at full power by early next year. But two pieces of the $8 billion Limerick puzzle still must fall into place: PE needs approval from the Public Utility Commission for a rate increase to pay for the new plant.
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January 26, 1988 | By Dan Stets, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Electric Co. reported yesterday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to close the Peach Bottom nuclear plant cost the company $58 million in 1987, helping to push down operating earnings for the year. The Peach Bottom expenses helped to drive down PE's earnings to $2.33 a share from $2.60 a share in 1986. The Peach Bottom shutdown was one of three factors that lowered earnings for the year, the company said. The other two factors were connected with the new Limerick 1 plant, according to company officials.
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March 28, 1987 | By Douglas A. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two witnesses testified yesterday in federal court that a Norristown police sergeant conspired with them to throw away tests on which they had cheated, tests crucial to the licensing of the Limerick nuclear generating station. But the police sergeant's attorney threw their testimony into doubt when he produced a copy of the test in question. Leon Ronso Jr., who has been granted immunity from prosecution, testified before U.S. District Judge Marvin Katz that in early August 1984, he and a number of other employees of Yoh Security Inc. learned that they were being investigated for allegedly falsifying training records.
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February 6, 2003 | By Dawn Fallik INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two bundles of new fuel rods were damaged last week when workers at the Limerick nuclear station neglected to ensure that the rods were strapped down, officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday. No workers were injured in the Jan. 29 incident and there was no radioactive release, said Neil Sheehan, an NRC spokesman. The event will be documented as part of a larger inspection report but there will not be a separate investigation, he said. New fuel rods, about 12 feet long and about the same diameter as pencil erasers, are not radioactive in the same way as used fuel.
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October 22, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of both units at the Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County for an additional 20 years. Exelon Generation Co. L.L.C. submitted the renewal applications in 2011. The new licenses will expire on Oct. 26, 2044, for Limerick's Unit 1 and on June 22, 2049, for Unit 2. The boiling-water reactors generate 2,311 megawatts, enough to power 2 million homes. More information on Limerick's license renewal is available on the NRC's website: http://1.usa.gov/1omrH5F . The Limerick license extensions bring to 75 the number of commercial nuclear-power reactors with renewed licenses.
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April 28, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six men, ranging in age from 22 to 58, are accused of child exploitation for sexual contact they allegedly had with a 14-year-old Limerick boy they all met on the Internet, state and federal authorities said Friday. U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all six of the men allegedly exchanged nude images of the teen. Three also are accused of meeting with him to engage in various sex acts. Their activity came to light, prosecutors said Friday, after the boy's parents learned of their son's contact with the men in October and reported it to police.
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June 23, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
Do you remember when you wanted mail? I don't. If you do, you must be younger than I am, or have a better memory, which is basically the same thing. Bottom line, I'm not sure when this happened, but there came a time when mail started to suck. Correction. I know exactly when this happened. When I grew up and started paying my own bills. We can all agree that bills are no fun, but that's not even the problem I have with my mail. Because at least bills are important.
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March 23, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pottstown teen was arrested Thursday after allegedly killing a jogger this month while texting behind the wheel and driving under the influence of drugs, according to authorities. Justin Matthew Jackson, 18, was texting and had marijuana in his system on March 4 when he swerved his car into the opposite lane and struck Merinda Thompson, 40, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Thompson, a mother of two from Limerick Township, was "catapulted" into a parking lot while Jackson continued driving on the wrong side of the road until his car struck a utility pole, according to a release from Ferman's office.
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March 6, 2013
A jogger was fatally injured Monday afternoon when she was hit from behind by a car while running on the side of North Lewis Road in Limerick Township, police said. The jogger was not identified pending notification of relatives. The 18-year-old driver was not identified, Limerick Township Police Chief William J. Albany said in a news release. The driver was taken to Phoenixville Hospital with minor injuries, the release said. - Walter F. Naedele  
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December 4, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
As construction was winding down at the new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church building in Limerick, Jack Schmidt sneaked in to get a glimpse of his past. The retired Peco worker had grown up in West Kensington as a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, which closed in 2006 and which was demolished last year. But inside Blessed Teresa was a 37-foot-high reminder of the years Schmidt, 71, served as an altar boy, attended Boy Scout meetings, and went to school in the Philadelphia parish.
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July 29, 2012
Repair workers at the nuclear-powered Limerick Generating Station, about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia, kept a reactor shut down Saturday to replace a main steam valve, a plant spokeswoman said. Dana Melia said a slight temperature rise indicated a possible malfunction in the valve Friday, and it can be replaced only when the Unit 2 reactor is off line. She said a valve repair usually requires a shutdown of a couple of days. The Limerick plant shut down its Unit 1 reactor July 18 for an electrical problem.
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July 19, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
An electrical disturbance today prompted operator of the Limerick nuclear power plant in Pottstown to take one of its two units offline. The disturbance at 8:39 a.m. caused a loss of power to generator cooling equipment in the non-nuclear part of Unit 1, Exelon Generation, the plant's operator said. The company said it notified all appropriate federal, state and local government officials of the problem that it posed no threat to public. The unit will remain out of operation until repairs, inspections and testing can be completed, the company said.
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June 27, 2012 | Letter to the Inquirer Editor
What's next for Syria? Trudy Rubin rightly eulogizes the Annan Plan, but in doing so suggests a Plan B that is unlikely to bring about a resolution to the conflict in Syria ("What can be done in Syria?" Sunday). It is wishful thinking to assume that better equipment and more organization will help the rebels collapse the regime. This ignores the decentralized structure of the rebel forces and the lack of vertical coordination among them, realities that strongly prohibit the kind of organization that Rubin advocates.
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March 14, 2012 | Staff Report
David F. Kane, a former Limerick Township official, was sentenced today in federal court to four years in prison for what prosecutors call, "a massive tax evasion scheme. " Kane, 39, originally pleaded guilty on Dec. 12, 2011 for tax frauds from 2004 through 2007 while he was running for the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors, and during his time in that office. The charges are not related to wrongdoing in office. In all, a U.S. District Court sentencing memo submitted in Philadelphia today says Kane's total bilking of the government - when the crimes of his partners are included - amounts to about $1 million.
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