July 19, 2012 |
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.
July 23, 1996 |
Peco Energy Co. officials say they believe a lightning strike short-circuited an emergency siren on Arcola Road, causing the alarm to malfunction and blast residents with an earsplitting reveille for more than three hours on Sunday morning. Technicians suspect the lightning struck the siren's power source, which triggered the siren's on-off switch, said company spokesman Michael Wood. The power source was replaced yesterday morning. "We now consider the system to be in perfect working order," Wood said.
August 20, 1986 |
Philadelphia Electric Co. plans to spend about $300,000 this year training several hundred employees to drive school buses in the event of an emergency in a 10-mile zone surrounding the Limerick nuclear power plant. Pat Webster, a spokeswoman for the utility, said yesterday that training began earlier this month for some of the employees, who would be called upon in emergencies to drive schoolchildren from one of the 43 municipalities in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone, which includes portions of Montgomery, Chester and Berks Counties.
July 29, 1986 |
Heidi Hoover, a self-described "ordinary, average consumer" and an active opponent of the Limerick nuclear power plant, announced yesterday that she would run for governor on the Consumer Party ticket. Hoover, 42, of East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, announced her candidacy before about 40 people gathered near the Delaware River at Point Pleasant, the site of the proposed pumping station that is to supply Philadelphia Electric Co. with water for its Limerick plant. "Every Consumer Party vote will be a vote to dump the pump," Hoover said.
March 22, 1988 |
A Bucks County judge yesterday ordered the contractor building the Point Pleasant pumping station to return to work immediately and to resolve the dispute about costs that had halted construction for a week, said Tracy Carluccio, executive director of the Neshaminy Water Resources Authority. The order was signed last night by Bucks County Judge Isaac S. Garb after Lisbon Contractors Inc. and attorneys for the county and the water authority spent several hours discussing settlement details.
April 4, 1986 |
Hundreds of emergency-planning workers within a 10-mile radius of the Limerick nuclear power plant took part last night in a drill designed to test the area's preparedness for a nuclear disaster. Under the scenario designed by federal and state emergency management agencies, an "unusual event" was declared at Limerick at 3:45 p.m. because of a mock fire in the turbine building, according to Neil McDermott, a spokesman for Philadelphia Electric Co., which owns the Montgomery County plant.
March 5, 1986 |
The Tamaqua Borough Council, in Schuylkill County, voted 5-2 last night to sell up to one billion gallons of water this year to Philadelphia Electric Co. for use as coolant at the Limerick nuclear power plant. Under the agreement, PE would be able to buy the water at 9 cents for each 1,000 gallons, as long as the Delaware River Basin Commission did not institute drought restrictions that would affect Tamaqua. The allocation of water, which would come from Tamaqua's two reservoirs, must be approved by the commission, according to Borough Manager Roger Bunnell.
May 6, 1987 |
The Democratic candidates for Bucks County commissioner squared off in a debate last night that pitted John T. Welsh Jr. against incumbents Carl Fonash and Lucille Trench. Welsh, county real estate director, called the commissioners' governmental performances "outrageous," while Fonash shook off the attacks, calling them "fantasies. " A longtime personal and political friend of Fonash, Welsh, 44, said he was running against the incumbents - who appointed him to his job - because he was "fed up" with the favoritism to special-interest groups.
June 10, 1998 |
Officials of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Peco Energy Co. will meet today to discuss several apparent violations of federal regulations that turned up in an investigation at the Limerick nuclear power plant. Although they are described as serious by NRC officials, none of the violations presents an immediate danger to communities near the plant, the officials said. "We don't have questions about the public health and safety issues, but we're looking for a better picture to see if there are steps we need to take in terms of enforcement," NRC spokeswoman Diane Screnci said.
January 28, 2004 |
The Federal Aviation Administration has revoked the license of a Pottstown pilot it says was intoxicated Jan. 15 when he flew his small private plane over Philadelphia International Airport, forcing numerous aircraft to avoid him. John Vincent Salamone's erratic, four-hour flight - at times as low as 100 feet above the ground - took him to Atlantic City and then back over the Limerick nuclear power plant, which he circled before being forced to...