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FirstEnergy Starts Process Of Shutting Down Beaver Valley Power Plant

FirstEnergy Starts Process Of Shutting Down Beaver Valley Power Plant


IF APPROVED, YOUR BILL COULD GO UP BY ABOUT $8.65. NEARLY 1,000 LOCAL JOBS ARE ON THELINE AFTER FIRST ENERGY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO SHUT DOWN THE BEAVER VALLEY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. WHILE THE COMPANY HAS STARTED THE PROCESS, THE CLOSURE IS STILL A WAYS OFF. PAUL MARTINO IS LIVE AT THE PLANT TONIGHT WITH MORE ON ALL OF THIS. PAUL, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? Reporter: FIRST ENERGY SAYS IT WILL TAKE THREE YEARS TO SHUT DOWN THIS PLANT, AND IT IS STILL FILLED WITH A LOT OF QUALIFYING TERMS LIKE WE ANTICIPATE, WE FORECAST. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL. SO IT IS CERTAINLY IN THE A DONE DEAL YET. IT IS 35 MILES NORTHWEST OF PITTSBURGH SITTING ON 1,000 ACRES. TWO WESTINGHOUSE PRESSURIZED WATER REACTORS BUILT HERE IN THE 1970S. BUT NOW COMES THE ANNOUNCEMENT MANY WERE FEARING. FIRST ENERGY SAYS THE MARKET CHALLENGES FACING THESE UNITS ARE BEYOND THEIR CONTROL. THEY ADD THE DECISION IS DIFFICULT AND IN NO WAY A REFLECTION ON THE DEDICATED, HARD-WORKING EMPLOYEES. THE COMMUNITY REACTION? IT IS PREDICTABLE. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ON PINS AND NEEDLES ABOUT THE ANTICIPATION THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN, THIS KIND OF ANNOUNCEMENT. OBVIOUSLY IT IS A SIGNIFICANT EMPLOYER AND A SIGNIFICANT PART OF BEAVER ECONOMY. Reporter: THEY CITE LESS DEMAND AND LOWER PRICES MAKING NUCLEAR ENERGY LESS COMPETITIVE. THEY HOLD OUT A GLIMMER OF HOPE, HOWEVER, SAYING WE CALLED ON ELECTED OFFICIALS IN OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA TO CONSIDER POLICY SOLUTIONS, SOLUTIONS THAT WILL MAKE IT FEASIBLE TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE THESE PLANTS IN THE FUTURE. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL BILLS THEY WERE TRYING TO ADVANCE THAT WE GET SOME REGULATORY RELIEF AND SOME FINANCIAL INCENTIVES TO KEEP THE FACILITY OPEN. Reporter: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THEY’RE TRYING TO GET REGULATIONS PASSED THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO MAKE CUSTOMERS PAY A SURCHARGE FOR ENERGY THAT COMES FROM A SOURCE THAT HAS ZERO EMISSIONS. THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT LOSING THIS PLANT WOULD HAVE A HUGE IMPACT, 800 JOBS, MILLIONS IN TAXES AND STUFF YOU WOULDN’T EVEN CONSIDER. THE FIRST ENERGY FOLKS, CORPORATE ACCOUNTS ACCOUNTED FOR 15% OF THE UNITED WAY’S TOTAL GROSS LAST YEAR. Reporter: AND THERE IS ONE OTHER POSSIBILITY HERE AND THAT IS SOMEBODY COULD COME ALONG AND BUY THIS IMPORTANT AND KEEP IT OPERATING. WE’RE GOING TO BE HEARING A LOT MORE ABOUT THAT, THAT IS FOR SURE.

5 thoughts on “FirstEnergy Starts Process Of Shutting Down Beaver Valley Power Plant”

  1. You know I feel really bad for the workers, I really do. But I've always been into science and since I was a kid. I never could figure out how Atomic plants can make energy as cheap or cheaper than other methods that may cause pollution. That's getting less though because like the coal industry they put it on these amazing filters to clear their emissions
    But folks, I just can't get around the terrible thing we're doing to our environment by using this message of energy generation. There is no way to safely store or get rid of the spent fuel. Then there's the large amount of plutonium stored around the world. And this is an element that was synthesized by man. It is not naturally in nature. It's one of the most dangerous poisons there can be. Just a tiny tiniest amount can kill a man. And I can't remember the article but it said we have enough stored that we could kill the population of the Earth several times over. Well I'm going to get off my soapbox and again I truly feel bad for the people that has worked there. I pray that if the plant closes down the Lord will provide jobs for these people

  2. Beaver Valley has had accidents that were covered up.
    A radiation pipe leak,
    And a coolant pump failure.

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