LIMERICK PA – Exelon Nuclear’s minimum set-aside for the future cost of decommissioning the Limerick Unit 1 nuclear power plant – the money the company must save to cover expenses of shutting down the reactor once its operating licenses expire – is about $100 million shy of what federal regulators think it needs.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has sent Exelon a “request for additional information” on how it “plans to address a decommissioning fund shortfall for … Limerick Unit 1,” the agency’s King of Prussia PA-based spokesman, Neil Sheehan, said Wednesday (Jan. 1, 2012).
The NRC, which is the governmental supervisor of operations at Limerick and other nuclear power plants across the country, includes as part of its oversight ensuring funds are available to pay for decommissioning costs. It estimates shutting down Limerick 1 would cost Exelon at least $628,251,763, Sheehan said; as of Dec. 31 (2011), only $528,210,057 was on hand.
Exelon has already announced it wanted to ask the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to allow it to raise energy prices to consumers – “request rate relief” is the term it uses – during the second half of 2012 to make up the shortfall. If approved, the increase would take effect at the start of 2013, according to Sheehan.
That may still be the plan, but the NRC wants to know for sure, and so mailed its request. “Once we receive the … response, we will make a determination regarding reasonable assurance of adequate decommissioning funding for the plant,” Sheehan said.
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Photo from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission