NRC Will Discuss Oyster Creek's Safety Performance At Public Meeting On May 22

Oyster Creek operated safely in 2013, according to the NRC

Ocean County residents will have a chance to voice any concerns or questions about the safety of the Oyster Creek Generating Station at a public meeting with federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials on May 22.

The NRC will hold an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. prior to the public meeting at the Holiday Inn on Route 72 West in Manahawkin. Attendees will have a chance to discuss the plant's performance with NRC staff. The public meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will include a question and answer session.

Oyster Creek - which is owned and operated by Exelon - operated safely during 2013, the NRC said.

"At the conclusion of last year, as assessed by the Reactor Oversight Process, there were no performance indicators for the plant that were other than “green” (very low risk) and no inspection findings that were “greater than green” (that is, none of the findings exceeded very low safety significance)," according to an NRC statement.

The NRC uses color-coded inspection findings and performance indicators to assess plant performance. Performance indicators are statistical measurements of plant and equipment performance which, if exceeded, trigger additional NRC oversight. The colors range from green, connoting very low safety or security significance, to white, yellow or red, for an issue of high significance.

Oyster Creek - located off Route 9 in Lacey Township - will continue to receive the NRC’s normal level of oversight during 2014, barring any changes, NRC officials said.

The normal level of oversight consists of a detailed regime entailing thousands of hours of inspection. In 2013, the NRC devoted approximately 5,310 hours of inspection at Oyster Creek, a boiling-water reactor that began operations in 1969.

“Oyster Creek, by virtue of its performance in 2013, will receive our routine – though still substantial – battery of inspections," NRC Region 1 Administrator Bill Dean said.

The NRC issues reports on performance at each plant twice a year. Inspection findings and performance indicators are also updated on a quarterly basis on the agency’s website. The NRC meets with the public in vicinity of each plant to discuss the results.

Two resident inspectors are assigned to Oyster Creek. Reviews are also performed at the site by specialist inspectors assigned to the agency’s Region I Office in King of Prussia, Pa. Among the areas to be inspected this year at Oyster Creek are emergency preparedness, radiological protection and the plant’s problem identification and resolution program.

The Annual Assessment letter for Oyster Creek, as well as the notice for the May 22 public meeting and open house, are available on the NRC website. Current performance information is also available for Oyster Creek.

Michele Donato May 15, 2014 at 08:47 AM
These NRC safety reviews are a typical dog and pony show. The NRC whitewashes whatever Exelon says and ignores the safety issues with a decaying plant. Don't forget that the NRC renewed Oyster Creek's license and two weeks later tritium leakage from the underground pipes was discovered. Whether you support nuclear power or not, Oyster Creek is an unsafe dinosaur whose design is identical to the Fukishima power plants.
Mac May 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM
it's Gilmore's Ocean County - does anyone truly believe the rest of America cares? - in the event Oyster Creek blows it's lid, a large slice of hopeless political corruption will take thousands of years to recover as a profound parasite of the human race - frankly, it may be a federal plan
Tim May 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Yes this is an old plant, but a very well maintained one. I also believe the NRC will whitewash any problems. I also believe the plant will not still be running in 2019, due to age related repairs that make it no longer cost effective to keep running. However, I take great exception to the comment that it identical to the Fukishima Power Plant. That is like stating the gas engine in a Ferrari is the same as a gas engine in a Yugo. Yes they are both Boiling Water Reactors, but there are significant differences in there construction.
Tim May 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM
The failure of the Fukishima Power Plant was when the reactors scrambled; the nearest power source to keep the reactors cool was miles away with the transmission lines destroyed. Oyster Creek has 3 small Gas Turbine power plants on site. If the Fukishima Power Plant had those small gas turbines, that plant would have been shut down safely. The difference between the nuclear plants in Japan and the United states is like night and day!
Tim May 15, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Those in Lacey Township who want to see the plant close had better be prepared to see your municipal taxes double when it does. I blame the political environment of not replacing the plant with some other type of power generation, really the problem. The politicians proclaim, we will still receive the revenues after it shuts down. Ever hear the term “UNFUNDED MANDATES”!


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