Decommissioning Peach Bottom Unit 1

  • William C. Birely
  • John C. Schmidt


Peach Bottom Unit No. 1, owned and operated by the Philadelphia Electric Company, was a 40-MW(e) High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor demonstration plant situated 80 miles southwest of Philadelphia on the Susquehanna River. The plant was operated successfully for over seven years until October 31, 1974, at which time the plant was shutdown for decommissioning.


Radioactive Waste Exclusion Area Inspection Area Fuel Handling Chain Link Fence 


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    “Peach Bottom Unit No. 1 Decommission and Evaluation of 3 Options”, Suntac Nuclear Corporation, December 1972.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. Birely
    • 1
  • John C. Schmidt
    • 2
  1. 1.Philadelphia Electric Co.PhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Catalytic, Inc.PhiladelphiaUSA

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