Nine Mile Point Unit 1 Returns To Service

SCRIBA, NY — Operators returned Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 1
to full power early this morning (April 7), successfully completing a scheduled refueling outage that began in late March.

More than 1,200 additional workers joined the Nine Mile employees to complete the refueling outage.

The additional workers lodged in area hotels, patronized nearby
restaurants and shopped in local stores providing a significant boost to the local economy.

While the unit was offline, technicians replaced nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel and performed more than 7,400 inspections, tests, maintenance activities and modifications.

Exelon Generation invests millions each year to upgrade its plants,
installing new equipment and enhancing components to make the facilities even safer and more efficient.

“The work done over the past several weeks will help ensure the unit runs safely and provides reliable, emissions-free power to New York energy consumers for another two-year cycle,” said Nine Mile Point Site Vice President Peter Orphanos. “I want to thank all of the skilled workers who joined our staff in performing this important work.”

The Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is located seven miles northeast of Oswego and 50 miles north of Syracuse.

The station can produce more than 1,937 megawatts of carbon-free
electricity – enough to power nearly two million homes.


  1. @Groot
    I would rather have my pollution stored in casks than circulating around in the air I breathe. I’ve (cough, cough) been to Beijing; the people there wear face masks, and not to hide their identity.

  2. Radioactive waste is treated on site in a radwaste building near each reactor and stored until it can be transported to an approved low-level waste site. These processes are carefully monitored with tight regulatory oversight by on-site NRC inspectors. Spent fuel spends 5-6 years cooling down in a water-filled pool after which they’re moved to a highly secure on-site spent fuel storage containers known as ISFSI storage until such a time when the federal government provides a site for the long term storage of spent fuel assemblies. Employees leaving the site have to go through one or two radiation monitors (depending on if they’re inside the plant or not). The safety of the public, employees and the plant itself are of utmost important by ensuring the proper control and storage of radioactive materials. For more details, you can visit the NRC’s website. Hope this answers your questions.

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