I live about thirty minutes southwest of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in what was once Old Byers Village. It just so happens, a year old study by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reemerged this week in the local newspaper. The study data led to an investigation that concluded Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station is the third most at risk of damage from an earthquake of all 104 nuclear plants in the nation.
The NRC looked at all 104 nuclear plants in the Unties States and increased the risk probability of an earthquake damaging many of them. Only eight had their risk of earthquake damage lowered.
The risk of an earthquake damaging either or both reactors at Limerick was increased by 141%,making it the third most at risk, after the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts and the Indian Point Atomic Generating Station around BK’s way, in Buchanan, New York. The analysis found the chance of an earthquake damaging the plant was raised to 1 in 19,000, a change from the previous study where it was 1 in 45,000. My chance of experiencing an earthquake is 1000 times greater than me winning Powerball.
The analysis also revealed that of the top ten nuclear plants at most risk from earthquake damage, three are in my state, more than in any other. The other two are the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Beaver County and the Three Mile Island plant in Dauphin. I sleep like a baby each night, as NRC’s spokesman recently said NRC will conduct a further study of Limerick in the future. He also spoke for Exelon who is confident in the Limerick plant’s ability to withstand whatever earthquakes might strike the region. Limerick was not designed or built with the necessity of withstanding a major earthquake in mind.
In my life there have been paths I wish I had taken and choices that might have been better. But I don’t have an instant replay button or time machine remote control. The question I ask myself each time I feel uneasy is whether the cause of my worry is something within my immediate control to fix. If I reckon it’s not, I let it go. I take stock each day for my family, some great friends and for the other many blessings in my life because at different times in the past, I have waited until it was to late to do so.
Nope, I’d rather not live close to a nuke plant especially one that makes the shit list, but what can I do? On my way home from work today, I stopped by the local hardware store and picked up a couple 5 gallon gas cans, just in case. An optimist that carries a raincoat. There are a lot of other things more likely to take me out.
Still Long and So Long
This week one of my brothers was dumping uranium shares, as I was picking them up. Bizarre, as my bro subscribes to the contrarian philosophy so regularly. No worries, I feel solid about future demand for number 92. So long to the feeble.