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Relicensing of Nuke Plant 30 Miles from Upper Saucon Questioned

Environmentalists say Limerick plant needs a new safety study

Relicensing of Nuke Plant 30 Miles from Upper Saucon Questioned

The Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, is claiming the Limerick nuclear power plant's owner Exelon "hasn't conducted a legally adequate environmental analysis," and is challenging its licensing renewal application, according to a story by the Associated Press.

The group cites the Fukushima nuclear dis­as­ter as a rea­son for updat­ing the analysis for mitigating unlikely but severe accidents - an analysis that the Defense Council says is decades out-of-date.

Exelon says the allegation is "unfounded," the AP reports.

The article continues, "A spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says an independent three-person panel will look at whether the group has standing to intervene, and whether its complaints are worthy of an inquiry."

The plant provides electricity to an estimated 2 million households, according to State Impact.

The Limerick plant is about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia in Montgomery County. The plant is about 30 miles from Upper Saucon Township.

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