Monday, January 7, 2013

Oyster Creek nuclear plant under Sandy spotlight tonight

The amount of energy generated by New Jersey environmental activists likely could power quite a few households if captured tonight at a public hearing in Toms River on the safety
of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station.

Groups like the New Jersey Environmental Federation and the New Jersey Sierra Club will
be calling for the closure of the nuclear facility in Lacey Township, where a floodwater surge generated by Superstorm Sandy caused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to issue an alert as the water came within four inches of  backup pumps used to prevent a meltdown
of the plant. 

Tonight's meeting of the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel will be held between 6 p.m.
and 7:30 p.m. in room 119 of the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08754.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) advises members of the public who would like to speak to fill out a request card upon arrival. Each person will have
five minutes to address the panel. Written comments will also be accepted.

Panel members are DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Edward Dickson and independent consultant Dr. Adam Cohen.
The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in November, but was rescheduled
due to Superstorm Sandy.

In an alert to its members, the Environmental Federation says that the nuclear plant
"has the exact same flawed and antiquated water reactor design as Fukushima." 

The Federation is calling for additional protections at the plant and an updating of its evacuation plan.

The NJ Sierra Club
, in a statement, said:The NRC instead of being a regulator has been a cheerleader for the industry. If they were concerned about safety they would not give the oldest plant in the nation a 20 year license. This is the eighth incident at the plant since it had been re-licensed  There needs to be an independent investigation not just the NRC to make sure that this is plant is safe.” 

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