Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in York County, PA, took one of its two reactors offline Monday for planned refueling and maintenance.
Exelon, the company that owns and operates Peach Bottom, said the purpose of the outage is to refuel the reactor and modify equipment. After the work is complete, the reactor will run continuously for about two years before the next outage.
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Part of the work includes changes that will allow the reactor to generate more power, Exelon said. Peach Bottom’s other reactor will remain active during the outage.
The outage also gives a boost to the local economy in Southern York County. In addition to the more than 800 employees who work at the plant, about 3,000 supplemental workers will travel from throughout the country to work on the reactor.
Peach Bottom power plant, located along the York County side of the Susquehanna River, houses two boiling water reactors that can generate more than 2,280 combined megawatts. Both reactors have operated commercially since 1974.