Welcome to Peach Bottom Unit 3’s Fall 2017 Refueling Outage.
My name is Pam O'Bryhim and I'm the BHI Energy Site Manager at Peach Bottom. We're getting ready for Unit 3's refueling outage this October. I'm looking forward to working with those of you I've worked with in the past, and also to meeting those I don't yet know.
BHI Energy recently made changes to the payment method of per diem for eligible employees. To assist you in understanding these changes, we have prepared the following answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you need further information or have any questions, please call the Payroll Department @ 800-225-0385
1) If I already have Direct Deposit (DD) will my Per Diem (PD) automatically be deposited ? YES
2) Can I still elect to receive a “live” PD check? PD is a non-taxable earning code on the weekly check. It is no longer a separate check. The entire check is paid either DD or live check, based on employee set up.
3) Is travel expenses and/or travel day PD included as a DD? For employees recruited out of the Piedmont SC office, travel is part of the weekly check (i.e., would be DD if employee is set up for DD). For employees recruited out of the Weymouth MA office, travel continues to be a live check. As we continue to streamline operations, we expect to have a consistent process by year end.
4) Will cash advances be DDed? Per Diem advances will continue to be a live check.
5) Will bonuses/incentives be DDed ? Bonuses will continue to be a live check.
6) Can PD be DDed into a different account? Employees are set up for one direct deposit account. The entire check is DD into the one account in the employee record. To ensure operational efficiency and reduced account maintenance and minimal direct deposit rejects, the limit is one account for DD.
7) How will it appear on my stub? The Per Diem is a separate non-taxable line item on the check. The earning code (PD1) shows as a separate line on the check. The number of days per diem, the per diem rate, and total amount shows on the check stub.
8) Will my W-2 be any different? The Per Diem will not show on the W2 earnings, as per diem is not taxable wages.
9) Can I opt out of DD? To delete DD, please email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to cancel DD. Please include name and last 4 digits of SSN.
Exelon now uses a web-based security background company at Endeavor-Illuminate.com. Shortly before your start date, you should receive an email containing a link to their secure website. IT IS MANDATORY that you go to this site and complete your security questionaire (PHQ). THIS ELECTRONIC PHQ MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO YOUR START DATE AND WITHIN THE TIME-FRAME GIVEN IN THE EMAIL! Failure to do so can impact your being badged in a timely manner and might result in unpaid time off while you wait to be badged. If you don't receive the PHQ email from Exelon by 2 weeks prior to your start date, check your SPAM folder in case it landed there, or call Scott Davis at BHI at ext. 1291 so we can look into it.
The outage is tentatively scheduled to begin October 23th, and last approximately 18 days. BHI will bring in SHP techs (ANSI 18.1 & 3.1), JHP techs, and Decon (RW) techs. Ramp-up for the outage will begin October 16. Ramp-down should tentatively begin in mid-November.
Prior to the outage, you will work 5-8’s with the possibility of overtime once you are badged and have completed qualifications. During the outage you will be working 2 shifts 7-12’s with the exception of the technicians supporting Maintenance.
TRAINING : If your fall schedule has you coming to Peach from another Exelon plant you will receive ALL of your training at that site. If you feel you are missing some training on your traveler please talk to your coordinator.
Transportation Requirements: It's a requirement that each employee have their own transportation to get to and from work. If you have any issues regarding transportation, I need to know at least 3 weeks prior to your start date. If you show up without adequate transportation, you risk having a scheduling issue that I can't fix.
Shift preferences and other scheduling requests: In an attempt to accommodate everyone as best as possible, I need to know about any scheduling needs or requests you might have. If you're traveling with someone and need to be on the same shift or you have other legitimate requests, please inform me at the earliest possible time what your request is and why. You can contact me by email at email@example.com. I'll make every attempt to honor your request but as you know sometimes it may not be possible. Schedules are developed in the weeks prior to the outage and I may not be able to meet your needs if I'm unaware of them until your report date. Routine scheduling requests will be considered based on the order they're received.
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station is located on the west bank of the Susquehanna river on the Conowingo pond in Delta, Pa. Peach Bottom is a two unit nuclear generating facility. The address is:
1848 Lay Road
Units 2 and 3 are boiling water reactors capable of generating 1412 megawatts each. Both units began commercial operation in 1974. Peach Bottom is co-owned by Exelon Generation and Public Service Electric and Gas of New Jersey. Exelon Nuclear operates Peach Bottom.
Unit one was a 40 megawatt experimental High Temperature Helium- Cooled and Graphite moderated reactor. During its seven year life (1967-1974) unit one provided valuable technical and cost data to U.S. utilities for application in larger plants.
All Technicians should report to the Unit 1 Training Center at 6:00
AM on your scheduled start date. Please do not wear shorts or scrubs during in-processing because training will send you home to change.
The On-site training center is located just south of the plant near the old Unit 1 facility. Parking is no longer allowed in the parking lot at the end of Atom Road. The site will supply a shuttle bus from the main contractor parking area located north of the plant near the LLRW facility. It is accessed via Lay Rd. You will need to park in the outer contractor lots and shuttle to the training center across the intake screen structure. Please allow ample time to get to the training center by 6:00 AM, as there will be many contactors arriving to support the P3R21 outage. Please pay attention to the speed limits and do not cut across open parking spaces. Buses will start running at 05:30 AM.
Some techs will need ID as required to complete an I-9 form. This is a form required by the Department of Homeland Security to be completed at the time of employment, and periodically thereafter. You can use a passport, or 2 other forms of ID that are listed with the form's instructions (Examples include a valid driver’s license or a school or government issued ID card along with a social security card or an original/certified birth certificate).
Know your current year dose or bring your dose estimate records with you. You must be able to provide a lifetime and current year dose estimate, and know where you have received your current year’s dose.
Senior HP techs must take the Nuclear Utilities Fundamentals Exam (NUF) and pass with a grade of 80% or better, unless you are either an active NRRPT member or you’ve taken and passed the NUF within the past 5 years. NRRPT active membership and prior test results must be verified, so bring your NRRPT certificate with you, or know where and when you last passed the NUF, in case it is not recorded in PADS. If we cannot verify your status, you will be required to take the test near the start of your training. The test is administered by computer through NanTel. JHP techs are also currently required to take and pass the NUF. If you are interested in becoming a JHP or SHP and want to take the test, let us know when you get here and we’ll arrange for you to take it, time permitting. If you need study materials, there is a link on the outage list page at www.bhienergy.com, or you can use your own user ID and password on www.nantel.org.
Bring your gold BHI hard hat and safety glasses. If you do not own a gold BHI hard hat or safety glasses then they will be issued to you once you are on site. Your prescription glasses must be ANSI safety glass approved. Steel toed or composite safety shoes are required. Scrubs, shorts, tank tops or flip-flops are not permitted during training.
Scrubs are provided by the utility and are required to be worn under your protective clothing. Once on-site, you may wear shorts, etc. to and from work if you desire, however allow time prior to your shift to change and be ready for work at your start time.
Please note that there are very few places off site that you can drive to within your 30-minute lunch break during training, but sandwiches are usually available in the training center during peak training weeks. Once onsite, there is a cafeteria, located just outside the protected area, that serves breakfast and lunch, and once the outage begins, it serves lunch on the backshift.
Bank runs and other off-site errands will be very hard to accommodate during the first couple days of training, especially for non-returnees, as the in-processing schedule for those days is fairly tight.
The use of cell phone cameras is prohibited anywhere on company property, or during company sponsored events. Any photographing or videotaping on company property, must be in compliance with site security procedures. The use of cell phones/tablets and other electronic devices is limited to your break times and the devices should not be carried out into the field with you. The use of head phones/ear buds while on-site is not recommended as they can interfere with you hearing emergency announcements.
I am currently on-site and I look forward to seeing everyone. Please don’t hesitate to call Scott Davis (BHI) at ext.1291 if you have any questions at all. If you need to talk to me before your start date, he can get you in touch with me. You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for choosing to work the Peach Bottom outage!
If this is your first nuclear facility here are a few tips to make your training phase flow smoother. If you served in active military duty or weere discharged within the last 3 yrs and it was considered employment, you must provide a copy of your DD214. You will need names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of all of your employers, within the last three years. You will need a list of all of your residences, including addresses, for the last five years. You will need to list all arrests since your 18th birthday. You must bring the arresting paperwork and proof of court disposition. I cannot stress enough the importance of completing all security paperwork as honestly and as straightforward as you can. Omission on your paperwork is reason for denial or termination of unescorted access.
For traveling to the site, you will be paid mileage costs in accordance with government rates (unless you are local to the plant, of course). Additionally, you can get reimbursed for toll charges you incurred along the way, BUT ONLY IF YOU HAVE TOLL RECEIPTS. If you use Easy Pass, or another electronic method of paying tolls, you will need to get a copy of the charges from your account online in order to be reimbursed.