Despite Hurricane Sandy’s projected path through Pennsylvania, four nuclear power plants in the storm's path will remain operational throughout the duration of the storm. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending additional inspectors to monitor facilities in Dauphin, York, Luzerne, and Chester counties.
Three of the plants—Three Mile Island, Peach Bottom, and Limerick Generating Station, are all operated by Exelon Energy. The company released a statement Monday, which described them as “robust and fortified” in being able to withstand the heavy rain and wind expected to hit its peak in Pennsylvania Tuesday night. Extra precautions have gone into effect such as increased staffing and securing outdoor equipment.
The fourth plant, the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, is currently operating at half capacity due to ongoing repairs and will maintain its current production even though winds are expected to top 50 mph and could exceed 70 mph.
The First Energy nuclear power plant in Beaver Valley, PA will also remian open but is not as impacted by the path of the storm.