BERWICK, Pa., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PPL Susquehanna, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), announced Wednesday (5/18) the appointment of a 30-year veteran of the nuclear power industry as site vice president-Susquehanna.
Russ Kearney comes to PPL Susquehanna from the Clinton Power Station, a single-unit Boiling Water Reactor in Clinton, Ill., where he has been site vice president since January 2008. During his tenure as site vice president, the Clinton plant has been recognized by the independent Institute of Nuclear Power Operations as one of the top performing plants in the United States.
"We are excited to add a proven leader with the success record that Russ Kearney brings to the Susquehanna plant," said Timothy S. Rausch, chief nuclear officer for PPL Susquehanna.
Prior to being appointed to his current position, Kearney was the Clinton Power Station's plant manager from January 2007 to January 2008, responsible for the plant's safe and reliable operation. He also served as work management director at the Dresden nuclear power plant in Illinois from 2005 to 2007.
From 1982 to 2005, he held various management positions at the Perry nuclear power plant in Ohio, including operations director, maintenance director and nuclear assurance manager, overseeing the plant's quality assurance, quality control and corrective actions programs.
He spent eight weeks training at the Susquehanna plant in 1985 as part of the Perry plant's Senior Reactor Operator cold license program, and obtained his Senior Reactor Operator license later that year, a license he held until 2000.
Kearney holds a Bachelor of Science in nuclear technology from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., has completed management programs at the University of Michigan, and has completed INPO's Senior Nuclear Plant Management course. He served in the U.S. Navy's nuclear power training program from 1976 to 1982.
Kearney's appointment at PPL Susquehanna is effective June 6. He will report to Rausch.
PPL Susquehanna is a two-unit, Boiling Water Reactor plant with a generating capacity of about 2,500 megawatts. The three plants where Kearney has served during his career are Boiling Water Reactors.
The Susquehanna nuclear power plant is located in Luzerne County, Pa., about seven miles north of Berwick. It is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna.
PPL Susquehanna LLC is one of PPL Corporation's generating affiliates. Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), through its affiliates, owns or controls about 19,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. More information is available at www.pplweb.com.
SOURCE PPL Susquehanna