Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station

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Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station
Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station is located in Pennsylvania
Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station
Location of Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station in USA Pennsylvania
Country United States
Location Shippingport, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°37′24″N 80°25′50″W / 40.62333°N 80.43056°W / 40.62333; -80.43056Coordinates: 40°37′24″N 80°25′50″W / 40.62333°N 80.43056°W / 40.62333; -80.43056
Status Operational
Commission date Unit 1: July 2, 1976
Unit 2: August 14, 1987
Operator(s) FirstEnergy
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Reactor supplier Westinghouse
Power generation
Units operational 2
Nameplate capacity Unit 1: 970 MW
Unit 2: 920 MW
Annual generation Unit 1: 7,057 GWh
Unit 2: 7,473 GWh

Beaver Valley Power Station is a nuclear power plant covering 1,000 acres (400 ha) near Shippingport, Pennsylvania, United States, 34 miles (55 km) west by north of Pittsburgh. The Beaver Valley plant is operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Corporation. FirstEnergy is the holding company for Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Toledo Edison, Metropolitan Edison, Jersey Central Power and Light, and the Pennsylvania Power Company.

This plant has two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors.

While the Shippingport Reactor has been decommissioned, Beaver Valley Units 1 and 2 are still licensed and in operation.

Surrounding population[edit]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.[1]

The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of Beaver Valley was 114,514, a decrease of 6.6 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 3,140,766, a decrease of 3.7 percent since 2000. Cities within 50 miles include Pittsburgh (27 miles upwind of city center).[2]

Seismic risk[edit]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at Beaver Valley was Reactor 1: 1 in 20,833; Reactor 2: 1 in 45,455, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.[3][4]


Beaver Valley 1 was used as the reference design for the French nuclear plant at Fessenheim.[5]

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