FirstEnergy Solutions Files Training Plan For Plant Closures

Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions said Wednesday that it had submitted plans with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission detailing how it would train its staff to begin decommissioning at three of its nuclear power plants – the David-Besse and Perry plants in Ohio and the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania.

Beaver ValleyThe company reiterated its stand on the plant closures, which has prompted the company to reach out to the federal government for assistance to allow the plants to remain operational. Combined, there are 1,971 jobs that could be lost should the plants close – 625 at Davis-Besse, 655 at Perry and 691 at Beaver Valley.

The closures would also have a devastating impact on the regional economy and specific tax bases. The company said it had submitted plans for a “certified fuel handler training and retraining program,” which outlines steps for unloading fuel at the three plants.

Based on refueling schedules, the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Oak Harbor, Ohio) would close in May 2020. The Perry, Ohio plant would close in October 2021, while the Beaver Valley facility would shut down in May 2021.

"Today's NRC submission is a necessary milestone for us but not a welcome one," said Don Moul, FES President and Chief Nuclear Officer. "Our nuclear plants provide important environmental, economic and fuel-diversity benefits to our region, but we cannot continue to operate them without state-level policy relief in Ohio and Pennsylvania or immediate and significant market reforms that provide meaningful compensation for the unique attributes nuclear generation provides."

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  • Anonymous

    Come on Washington wake up don’t let this industry die !

  • Anonymous

    America!  Look at where you are heading with the loss of perfectly good power plants!

    South Africa has regular warnings of rolling blackouts to prevent outright grid collapse and total disruption of their already fragile economy.

    It can happen to Americans,  too.