NRC Offers Webinar on Oyster Creek Decommissioning

Jun 27, 2018
File Photo by Jack Reynolds

Ahead of the public hearing on Exelon Generation’s plans for the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station following its permanent shutdown later this year, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will host a webinar for the public on the matter.

The webinar is slated for 1 p.m., Monday, July 2. Participants will review slides prepared by the NRC staff and may ask questions in writing via a webpage used to host the session. Online registration is required for those wishing to participate.

In May, the company announced its intention to place the Lacey Township-based nuke in safe storage for nearly six decades after it permanently takes the nation’s oldest commercial nuclear power plant offline in September, according to the Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report filed with the NRC.

In safe storage, a facility is left intact or it may be partially dismantled, but the fuel is removed from the reactor vessel, radioactive liquids are drained from the systems and components then processed, according to the report. The radioactive decay during safe storage lowers the level of contamination and radioactivity that must be disposed of during decontamination and dismantlement.

In its report, the company said the primary objectives for decommissioning the plant are to take it out of service, reduce residual radioactivity to levels permitting unrestricted release, restore the site, perform the work safely, and complete the work in a cost-effective manner.

To register for the July 2 public session, visit

On Tuesday, July 17, the NRC will hold a public meeting to discuss and accept public comments on the Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report for Oyster Creek. The hearing is slated for 6 to 9 p.m. at Community Hall, 101 N. Main Street, Forked River.

Oyster Creek produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes, the equivalent to all homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined. The facility is a single-unit boiling water reactor, located on 800 acres neighboring Oyster Creek. It is one of four nuclear power plants licensed to operate in New Jersey. Salem Nuclear Power Plant has two units; the fourth unit is at Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station.  —G.S.S.


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