November 25, 1987 |
Philadelphia Electric Co. now says that the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in York County will be closed at least four more months, driving up total costs of replacement electricity for PE and three other utilities to at least $181 million. PE plans to have stockholders absorb its electricity-replacement costs, but two New Jersey utilities who own shares of the plant intend to pass at least 80 percent of their costs, or at least $78 million, onto customers. PE had hoped to have the plant restarted by the end of October, but now says it won't get the plant back in service before the end of March, the first anniversary of a shutdown ordered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
October 8, 1988
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday it needs more time to decide whether the massive repairs made to Philadelphia Electric Co.'s Peach Bottom power plant are adequate to guarantee that the two reactors there can be returned to service safely. That sounds reasonable enough, but consider the underlying message, as explained by NRC regional administrator William T. Russell: Philadelphia Electric allowed conditions at the York County plant to deteriorate to such dangerous levels - both in terms of equipment and attitude - that it's going to take a lot to convince the NRC that PE can be trusted to start up and run the plant.
May 27, 1988 |
In more fallout from the government-ordered shutdown of the Peach Bottom nuclear plant, Philadelphia Electric Co. announced today that its 11,000 non- management employees won't get a general wage increase this summer. It is the first time since at least World War II that the company's annual wage and benefit package contained no general wage increase. Workers last year received a wage hikee of 4 percent. A journeyman lineman at PE makes $18.58 an hour. James M. Lange, president of the Independent Group Association, which represents 6,000 workers, said he expected "general relief" from the employees, many of whom were worried about a pay cut. "People have been waiting for the other shoe to drop after rumors circulated about a pay cut," Lange said.
June 12, 1986 |
Philadelphia Electric Co.'s Peach Bottom nuclear plants suffer from a "serious management deficiency" that produces sloppy work and contributes to violations of federal safety rules, according to a new report by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In the commission's latest evaluation of PE's nuclear-plant management, the 12-year-old Peach Bottom plants received substantially lower grades than the new Limerick 1 plant, which went into operation earlier this year. The report, sent to PE last week, cites a "marked contrast in overall facility performance between the Limerick and Peach Bottom sites," with "much poorer results at Peach Bottom," despite the fact that procedures and operating rules at both sites are similar.
October 24, 1991 |
Problems at Philadelphia Electric Co.'s Peach Bottom nuclear power plant just won't go away. The latest inspection by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that a rash of safety and operational problems continued to plague the York County nuclear facility. "By and large, there has been little overall progress," the NRC's regional section chief, Lawrence T. Doerflein, said yesterday. "We're still seeing the same problems we saw a year ago. " The report covered the plant's performance from June 1, 1990, to Aug. 3. Botched or missed surveillance tests, personnel errors in conducting routine safety tests, and improper procedures by radiation workers were among the problems cited.
May 13, 1988 |
The federal government has brought drug charges against five employees of the Peach Bottom nuclear plant. Two Peach Bottom employees were arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg on charges of distributing drugs. Charges also were filed against three other employees who were being ordered to make court appearances. The charges are the result of a continuing FBI probe of alleged drug activity at the nuclear-power station, located at Delta in York County. "We are cooperating fully with the FBI so as to assure the public of our determination to identify and remove all individuals from our plants who engage in drug activities," said Joseph F. Paquette Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Philadelphia Electric Co., which operates the plant.
October 6, 1988 |
Add at least another $5 million to the shareholders' bill and a minimum delay of six weeks to the anticipated restart of Philadelphia Electric Co.'s Peach Bottom nuclear power plant. PE said yesterday that it won't ask the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to restart the plant at the end of November, as originally expected, because additional training is needed for plant operators. The plant was shut down by the NRC in March 1987 after operators were found sleeping and playing video games while on duty, among other violations.
July 23, 1986 |
The risk of a major nuclear accident at Philadelphia Electric Co.'s two Peach Bottom reactors is more remote than it was 10 years ago, according to a new, still-unreleased study by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But the report also says that containment buildings at Peach Bottom are unlikely, if such an accident occurs, to keep radiation from leaking into the environment without improvements in design. The NRC study, which examined safety designs at five reactors across the country, raises the possibility that PE, and other utilities whose reactors use similar containment designs, could be pressed to make costly changes to their plants.
July 28, 1988 |
No self-respecting gossip columnist would call yesterday's meeting between executives of Philadelphia Electric Co. and federal nuclear safety regulators a love fest. Still, after being so strongly at odds during the last 16 months over PE's shuttered Peach Bottom nuclear plant, officials at the Nuclear Regulator Commission and Philadelphia Electric undeniably have kissed and made up. In fact, though stressing that any final decision had not been made, NRC regional administrator William T. Russell said yesterday it certainly is possible that PE will get the Christmas present it's been longing for - permission to restart Peach Bottom by the end of the year.
September 29, 1988 |
A leading Senate Democrat called yesterday for creation of a committee to investigate Philadelphia Electric Co.'s management and operations of the dormant Peach Bottom nuclear power plant. The resolution was a further attempt to force PE to disclose internal records on the plant, which was ordered shut March 31, 1987, by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after control-room operators were found sleeping on the job. The state Department of Environmental Resources, at the direction of Gov. Casey, earlier this week invoked a state law to try to force PE and a nuclear industry group to disclose certain records.