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NRC Issues Subsequent Renewed Licenses for Peach Bottom, Second Site Authorized to Operate up to 80 Years

The NRC has approved Exelon Generation Company’s subsequent license renewal application, allowing Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3 to operate for an additional twenty years. This marks the second time the NRC has issued a second renewal for an operating license authorizing operation from sixty to eighty years. The NRC issued the initial operating licenses on December 25, 1973, for Unit 2 and July 2, 1974, for Unit 3. The NRC then issued renewed operating licenses for both units on May 7, 2003. With this approval, Peach Bottom Unit 2 and 3’s subsequent renewed licenses expire on August 8, 2053, and July 2, 2054, respectively. The NRC’s total review time took nearly three years. The rationale for the NRC’s decision is incorporated in the staff’s Safety Evaluation Report, issued February 2020. Petitions challenging the application were denied by the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board in June 2019. However, those decisions have been appealed to the Commission where they are currently pending.

To view the NRC’s Safety Evaluation Report, click here.

To view the press release, click here.