Nuclear Preparedness

Parts of Chester County are witin the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of 2 nuclear power plants; Limerick Generating Station and the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.

Limerick Generating Station
Remember a growl test of the LGS Siren Public Warning System is conducted on the 1st Monday of each month at 2 p.m., except in June and December of each when a full siren sounding is conducted. 

Limerick Generating Station, located in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is a 2-unit nuclear generation facility capable of producing enough electricity for over 2 million homes. The plant site is punctuated by 2 natural-draft hyperbolic cooling towers, each 507 feet tall, which help cool the plant.

Limerick's 2 boiling water reactors, designed by General Electric, are each capable of producing 2,345 net megawatts. Unit 1 began commercial operation in February, 1986, with Unit 2 gong on-line in January, 1990.

The Emergency Management Division assists the 15 municipalities that comprise the 10 miles Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) with emergency planning concerning the Limerick Generating Station. As governed by Title 35, each municipality is required to have an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). Those municipalities that are included in the EPZ of a nuclear power plant must also have a Radiological Emergency Response Plan (RERP) as an annex to their EOP. The RERP is continually updated and all responding agencies receive training yearly and exercise the plan biennially to ensure readiness.

2015-2016 Emergency Planning for Limerick Area - Public Information Brochure  for specific information concerning what actions you should take in the event of an incident at the Limerick Generating Station.
Emergency Planning Zone Municipalities
The following municipalities are completely or partially in the EPZ:
  • Charlestown Township
  • South Coventry Township
  • East Coventry Township
  • Spring City Borough
  • East Nantmeal Township
  • Upper Uwchlan Township
  • East Pikeland Township
  • Uwchlan Township
  • East Vincent Township
  • Warwick Township
  • North Coventry Township
  • West Pikeland Township
  • Phoenixville Borough
  • West Pikeland Township
  • Schuylkill Township
  • West Vincent Township
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station
Remember the monthly test of the PBAPS Siren Public Warnging System is conducted on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m..

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station is located on the west bank of the Conowingo Pond (Susquehanna River) in York County, Pennsylvania and is a 3-unit nuclear generating facility. Unit 1 was a 40-megawatt experimental high temperature helium-cooled and graphite-moderated reactor. During its 7 year life (1967-74), Unit 1 provided valuable technical and cost data to U.S. utilities for application to larger plants.

Units 2 and 3 are boiling water reactors capable of generating 1,093 megawatts each. Both units began commercial operations in 1974.

Peach Bottom is co-owned by Exelon Generation and Public Service Electric and Gs of New Jersey. Exelon Nuclear operates Peach Bottom.

The Emergency Management Division assists West Nottingham Township, the only municpality in Chester County that comprises the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) with emergency planning concerning the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. As governed by Title 35, West Nottingham Township is required to have an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). It also has a Radiological Emergency Response Plant (RERP) as an annex to their EOP. The RERP is continually updated and all responding agencies receive training yearly and exercise the plan biennially to ensure readiness.
 

2015-2016 Emergency Planning for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station - Public Information Brochure for specific information concerning what actions you should take in the event of an incident at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.