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This excerpt taken from the PEG 10-K filed Mar 1, 2005.
Reactor Vessel Heads

      In 2002, the NRC issued a bulletin requiring that all operators of pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear units submit certain information related to potential degradation of reactor vessel heads. In 2003, the NRC issued an order to all operators of PWR units concerning reactor vessel head inspections. The order confirms the previous bulletin's requirements and adds more intrusive and frequent future inspections, which apply to Salem 1 and 2. In September 2002, Nuclear provided the requested information for Salem to the NRC, and performed inspections in accordance with the NRC order for Salem 1 and 2 during 2004 and 2003, respectively. The reactor heads were determined to be satisfactory for continued safe operation. Nuclear plans to replace Salem 1 and 2 reactor heads in 2005 as a preventive measure, during scheduled refueling outages.

      Also in 2003, the NRC issued a bulletin requiring that all operators of PWR nuclear units also perform inspections of the reactor vessel lower head, due to leakage observed at another nuclear unit not owned by Power. Bare metal visual examinations were completed during Salem 2's October 2003 outage and Salem 1's April 2004 outage, and no degradation was observed. Nuclear's Hope Creek nuclear unit and Peach Bottom 2 and 3 are unaffected by either of these bulletins as they are boiling water reactor nuclear units. Power cannot predict what other actions the NRC may take on this issue.

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