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Oyster Creek Remains Unscathed After Hurricane

Inspectors and personnel will continue to walk-through the site before restarting the nuclear plant

Oyster Creek Generating Station did not sustain any damage during the storm, said Neil Sheehan, spokesperson for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

“Oyster Creek definitely weathered the storm. It has been quite a week and the plant remained unscathed,” spokesperson Suzanne D’Ambrosio said.

The plant at approximately 5 p.m. last night. It achieved “cold” shut down in which the reactor was shut down and the reactor coolant systems were deheated and depressurized at 4 a.m. today, Sheehan said.

Inspectors stationed at the plant did a walk-through of the plant’s Protected Area and did not find any visible damage.

Once the hurricane passes through, operators will do another walk-through to determine if it is safe to restart the plant, D’Ambrosio said.

The restart of Oyster Creek is contingent on approval from FEMA and the State’s Office of Emergency Management, Sheehan said. Before restarting, those agencies will seek assurance that emergency routes are available and sirens are working, among other details.

“The plant was ready,” D’Ambrosio said.

Oyster Creek personnel and operators were since Thursday, Aug. 25.

Oyster creek once it was determined that the plant could be in the path of the storm and formal procedures and preparations were enacted, D’Ambrosio said.

Plant operators have assured that all plant safety systems are operational; that all outside equipment, materials and other items are properly secured and stowed, and that plant procedures related to the affects of a hurricane are reviewed and ready for use if needed, D’Ambrosio said.

Oyster Creek is the oldest operating nuclear plant in the country and provides enough around-the-clock electricity for 600,000 New Jersey homes and began commercial operations in 1969.

Sean Conneamhe August 28, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Good job! Now please keep the plant off-line and don't restart it.
Silver dollar August 28, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Start her up. Let her go .
foggyworld August 28, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Let her go to hell. The specs used to build that obsolete plant would not be permited to be used by a candy factory today. Years of this and while we wait in terror, what do you think their maintenace budget is going to look like when they know ultimately their end is nigh? At this point they are a dreadfully expensive and awful neighbor that must be closed now so that this Class I behavior which centered on their deficiencies is never again permitted to waste another NJ state dime - if we have one.
disgusted homeowner August 29, 2011 at 12:52 AM
At age 42, a true engineering marvel!!!!!!!!! My brother worked on the site as a mason in the late 1960's. They should close the original reactor and build two more on that site to get us away from Mideast oil for good !!!!!!!!! Good clean electric power.


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