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Atomic reactor moves from HdG to Peach Bottom [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, February 6, 1964:

A 211-ton atomic reactor traveled through Harford County from the docks at Havre de Grace to Peach Bottom, Pa. The commercial nuclear power station that moved along at 2 miles an hour, left Havre de Grace on a Thursday and arrived at the Peach Bottom plant on the following Wednesday.

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Because of the enormous weight and size of the reactor, highway routes had to be worked out with the Maryland State Police. Utility companies in Pennsylvania and Maryland supplied linemen and technicians to raise telephone and power lines and to regulate traffic signals. A firm of tree surgeons worked along the route to eliminate obstructing tree branches. The truck carrying the reactor also exceeded the maximum load capacity of most bridges on the route. Military bridge sections were fabricated and laid down across existing bridges.

The new nuclear reactor system would enable Peach Bottom to be the world's first nuclear power station to produce commercial electric power at steam temperatures and pressures high enough to take advantage of the utility's modern generating station technology.

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The Harford County Planning and Zoning Commission finalized the assignment of house numbers in the Joppa postal district, including all of the area southeast of the Northeastern Expressway. Numbers were reserved for any future subdivisions or vacant land which may be developed later. House numbers in other districts in the county would be assigned expeditiously. Assignment of house numbers had been used for many years in the incorporated towns but not in Harford's residential areas.

New state controls over private septic tanks were adopted by the State Health Department. The new regulations stated that land which would not percolate in 30 minutes instead of the previous 40 minutes would not be acceptable for development under any conditions with septic tanks. The new average size lot in a septic tank subdivision would average approximately 30,000 square feet. Also added, the number of test holes required to be drilled on a tract of land for development. At present, in Harford County, only one test hole was sufficient per three acres but the new regulation required one test hole per acre. These new tighter regulations would be an added expense to the developers which might force them to request public utilities to serve their new subdivisions.

Maryland State Police reported that since the opening of the Northeastern Expressway, the rate of accidents declined on Route 40, Pulaski Highway. During the first two months of the opening of the new highway, according to the statistical data, the rate of accidents declined by half in the same time period in 1962, the year before the highway opened.

The grand opening of the new Joseph "Peppi" Simmeth's new butcher shop on the corner of Thomas and Hays streets was celebrated. Door prizes, free samples and free lollipops were given to the first customers in the new location. "Now it is bigger, more convenient than ever... and the quick, efficient service shall be better than ever." "Remember too, that all pork products are made fresh daily and that Peppi sells the largest variety of homemade lunch meats available in Maryland."

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