Saturday, August 27, 2011

Exelon shuts down NJ nuclear plant as Irene nears

Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station/GettyImage

As Hurricane Irene approached, the nation’s oldest nuclear reactor was shut down tonight.

Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station is located in Lacey Township, just a few miles from the New Jersey coast.

Chicago-based owner Exelon Corp. decided to shut down plant even before high winds from the storm arrived, the Associated Press reported.

 "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Oyster Creek would have to shut down if onsite winds topped 85 mph.

But plant vice president Michael Massaro says it is prudent to do the shutdown early.

It went offline at 5 p.m.

"The plant went into service in 1969, and provides power for 600,000 homes in southern New Jersey."

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