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15 Graduate from Susquehanna Steam Electric Station’s 30th Licensed Operator Program

10.24.2019


Berwick, Columbia County, PA - Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC announced today that 15 employees recently received their reactor operator or senior reactor operator licenses, after successfully completing Susquehanna Steam Electric Station’s licensed operator training program, and passing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing examination with a 100% pass rate.

 

Susquehanna Nuclear Licensed Operator Class

Front row (L to R): Shawn Snyder, Brandon Ulitchney, Brian Marpoe, Tom Cease, Mike Yeich, Eric Otruba

Back row (L to R): Mike Killian, Larry Recla, III, Ronnie Jarrett, Derek Feverston, Brian Warenda, Scott Yokimcus, Cody Buelher, Mike Maiuro, Dave Zeitler

 

This achievement is the culmination of a comprehensive process that includes a 24-month-long station training program, in-house and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) testing, and physical and mental fitness certifications. 


“We are extremely proud of the achievements of this group,” said senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer, Brad Berryman. “The level of skill, knowledge, safety and teamwork this group has displayed will make them assets not only in our control room but throughout Susquehanna Steam Electric Station. We are especially proud that most of the members of this group have local roots. They are a great example of the career paths that exist within our community, and Susquehanna is pleased to provide an avenue for our best and brightest to pursue and advance in their career.” 


Licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), senior reactor operators are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of the public.  Senior Reactor Operators supervise reactor operators under normal and emergency conditions ensuring the nuclear power plants are operated and maintained in a safe condition in accordance with approved procedures, technical specifications and NRC regulations.  Reactor operators monitor and operate equipment from the control room safely and direct nuclear equipment operators (non-licensed operators) to operate plant equipment outside the control room.

 

Licensed operators attend continuous training classes throughout their careers in order to maintain their license, spending one in every six weeks in training. They must also have years of prior related experience before they are eligible to be licensed. The operator licenses are only valid at the facility where the applicant was trained and tested. Licensed operators must complete requalification training every 24 months which includes a written exam and an annual operating test.


Graduates of SSES’ 30th Licensed Operator Program are:

LOC 30 Licensee License Hometown Local Residence

Brian Marpoe

Reactor Operator

Newville, PA

Bloomsburg, PA

Brian Warenda

Reactor Operator

Scranton, PA

Bloomsburg, PA

Cody Buehler

Reactor Operator

Millville, PA

Bloomsburg, PA

Larry Recla

Reactor Operator

Bloomsburg, PA

Orangeville, PA

Mike Killian

Reactor Operator

Millville, PA

Millville, PA

Mike Yeich

Reactor Operator

Washingtonville, PA

Danville, PA

Tom Cease

Reactor Operator

Hampton, VA

Bloomsburg, PA

Brandon Ulitchney

Senior Reactor Operator

Hunlock Creek, PA

Shavertown, PA

Derek Feverston

Senior Reactor Operator

Collegeville, PA

White Haven, PA

Eric Otruba

Senior Reactor Operator

Fleetwood, PA

Orangeville, PA

Mike Maiuro

Senior Reactor Operator

Coudersport, PA

Berwick, PA

Scott Yokimcus

Senior Reactor Operator

Newark, DE

Mountain Top, PA

Dave Zeitler

Senior Reactor Operator

Stillwater PA

Berwick, PA

Ronnie Jarrett

Senior Reactor Operator

Indore, WV

Danville, PA

Shawn Snyder

Senior Reactor Operator

Lewisburg, PA

Catawissa, PA


About

The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, located about seven miles north of Berwick, Pennsylvania, is owned jointly by Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by Susquehanna Nuclear. Its two units generate approximately 2,500 megawatts of carbon-free electricity, enough to power two million homes.  For information, visit www.susquehannanuclear.com.

 

Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC is one of Talen Energy's generating affiliates. Talen Energy is one of the largest competitive energy and power generation companies in North America. The Company owns or controls approximately 15,000 megawatts of generating capacity in well-developed, structured wholesale power markets, principally in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions of the United States.  For more information visit www.talenenergy.com.


 



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