NRC Opens Public Hearing Request for Oyster Creek License Transfer Request

Oct 24, 2018

The public has until Nov. 8 to file a request for a public hearing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s review of a license transfer application for the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township. Written comments on the transfer will be accepted until Nov. 19.

In July, Exelon Generation, which currently owns the defunct nuclear plant, announced plans to sell the facility to Holtec International, a Camden-based company that specializes in spent fuel management technologies. On Aug. 31, the two companies jointly submitted an application to begin the license transfer process, asking for a decision on the application by May 1, 2019.

“The NRC staff will endeavor to complete this review on the applicants’ requested schedule. If there are emergent complexities or challenges in our review that would cause changes to the initial forecasted completion date or significant changes in the forecasted hours, the reasons for the changes, along with the new estimates, will be communicated during the routine interactions with the assigned project manager,” according to the NRC’s acceptance of the application, which also noted the estimates are based on the staff’s initial review of the application.

Requests for additional information, unanticipated addition of scope to the review, and review by NRC advisory committees or hearing-related activities could change the timeline.

Holtec officials have said they would like to begin the immediate decommissioning of Oyster Creek, which was permanently taken offline Sept. 17 of this year. It’s their intention to expedite the dismantling of the nuclear plant and return the site, located on 779 acres of land in the Forked River section of the township, to unrestricted use, with the exclusion of the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, or spent fuel pad, on site in less than a decade. Exelon’s post-shutdown activity plans included taking the full 60 years permitted under federal law. —G.G.S.

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