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LIMERICK PA – A community information night intended to introduce area residents to one of their largest and most visible corporate neighbors, Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station (LGS), has been scheduled by the company to be held Thursday (May 6, 2010) from 5-8 p.m. in The Loft at Limerick Golf Club, 765 N. Lewis Rd., Limerick PA. The event is free and open to the public.

It’s an opportunity, LGS site Vice President Chris Mudrick said, to talk with Limerick’s engineers, operators, chemists and environmental scientists. Visitors can speak one-on-one with Limerick employees about what they do at the plant, and learn more about its operations. LGS technical and safety experts will be available to discuss the plant, safety, security, maintenance programs and community involvement.

“Our goal is for our neighbors to have an enjoyable evening, and walk away better informed about the nuclear energy plant in their neighborhood,” Mudrick said.

The activity coincides with the mail distribution last week (April 27, 2010) of an Exelon-produced 2010 Public Information Emergency Brochure. It was sent by the company to all residents and businesses within the 10-mile radius of LGS, and provides them with general emergency information.

The brochure contains information about general emergency preparedness, including reception center locations, evacuation routes, a map and a listing of emergency alert broadcast stations. It also includes a special needs card to be completed and returned by people who may have a special transportation or other need.

Exelon encouraged recipients to read and keep the brochure for future reference. Anyone within the 10-mile radius of Limerick who did not receive a brochure in the mail may download a copy from the company website, here.

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LIMERICK PA – Bill Maguire, the former operational head of Exelon Nuclear‘s Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, was promoted Thursday (April 22, 2010) to a similar position – site vice president – of the company’s Limerick Generating Station (LGS). He succeeds Chris Mudrick, who has been named Exelon’s vice president for Mid-Atlantic operations.

Before taking the top role at Peach Bottom in June 2008, Maguire joined Exelon Nuclear in February 2008 as vice president for Mid-Atlantic operations from Entergy, where he served as plant manager at the Vermont Yankee nuclear generating facility. Maguire, who has more than 20 years of nuclear energy experience, began his career at Limerick as a system engineer and earned a senior reactor operator license there.

Maguire will have overall responsibility for LGS operations. He “brings a wealth of diversified experience to Limerick,” said Joe Grimes, senior vice president for Mid-Atlantic operations.

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ROYERSFORD PA – Psst! Because it’s Earth Week, wanna grab a real deal on compact fluorescent light bulbs for your home? Shannon, who writes the “For The Mommas” couponing and savings blog, announced Monday (April 19, 2010) that Giant supermarkets in Royersford, Exeter, Aston and Reading PA are selling a GE-brand model for just $1.

Then Shannon gives an insider’s secret tip to claim that same product for FREE.

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ROYERSFORD PA – Security cameras and digital video recorders are being sought for installation at Spring-Ford Area School District buildings, according to an advertisement that appeared Saturday (April 10, 2010) in The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, the district’s publication of record for legal notices.

And the district is attempting to be somewhat exclusive in seeking vendors to bid on the project. The advertisement specifically states that only sellers whose “primary business location (is) within a 60-mile radius of Royersford PA” will be considered eligible bidders.

Documents offering specifications on the equipment being sought for purchase, and other terms and information, are currently available at the district administration office, 857 S. Lewis Rd., Royersford, or by e-mail from MaryAnn Lorenzo, administrative assistant to Business Manager Timothy Anspach.

Sealed bids addressed to Anspach must be received at the administration office by April 30 (2010; Friday) at 3 p.m. Faxed copies will not be accepted. For more information, call 610-705-6204.

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COLLEGEVILLE PA – Shelby, the owner of an online scrap-booking retail business – Scrap With Shelby – based in Collegeville PA, once relied on a portable external hard drive to back up all files from her computer. It was easy, simple, and inexpensive, she wrote Wednesday (April 7, 2010) in her blog, Diary Of A Scrapbook Store Owner … until the hard drive fell off her cramped desk and onto the floor.

It stopped working. The cost of having a professional retrieve her files, including precious photos of herself and infant son Noah, is estimated at about $1,000. Her words describe her heartache.

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LIMERICK PA – Operators at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station took Unit 1 off-line Monday (March 22, 2010) shortly after midnight for what company spokesman Joseph Szafran called a “scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.”

The start of the outage represents the end of a 727-day continuous run for the unit, a new operating record for Limerick and the second longest continuous run for a boiling water reactor in the United States, Szafran added.

“Unit 1 has been online for almost two years,” setting “a new record for reliability,” said Limerick Site Vice President Chris Mudrick said. Its team “has been preparing for this outage for more than a year, and we are now ready to execute our plan safely and efficiently. A successful refueling outage will help us to safely and reliably operate the unit during the next two years,” Mudrick said.

During the outage, workers will perform maintenance activities on a variety of plant components and systems. This includes replacing approximately a third of the reactor’s fuel, and performing a series of extensive inspections. Many activities performed during the outage cannot be conducted while the plant is running.

Almost 1,900 additional workers will be added to the LGS work force as a result of the outage, including skilled workers from other Exelon sites, and specialized laborers and vendors.

Unit 2 will continue to generate electricity during the Unit 1 outage.

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Both units in operation.

LIMERICK PA – The power’s back on at Unit 2 of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station (LGS), following a planned maintenance outage of about 33 hours.

Unit 2 resumed electricity production Wednesday (March 10, 2010) at 2:26 p.m., Exelon spokesman Joseph Szafran said, after it had been taken off-line Tuesday morning (March 9) at 5:38 so station personnel could repair a water cooling system on the non-nuclear side of the plant. The system provides cooling water to components within the unit’s turbine generator.

All repairs needed “to ensure reliability through the remainder of our operating cycle, especially the peak summer period” were safely completed, according to Limerick Site Vice President Chris Mudrick.

Unit 1 continued to generate electricity during the Unit 2 maintenance outage, Szafran said. When both units operate at full power, he added, LGS generates enough electricity to power two million homes.

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