People living near the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station packed a public hearing on its future Thursday, dismissing environmental concerns as “pseudoscience” and focusing on the jobs and tax revenues the plant provides.
Gov. Chris Christie is going green, unveiling an energy master plan that would reduce the Garden State’s energy carbon footprint by 22.5 percent in ten years.
Work will include repairs to one of five recirculation pumps that are used to move water through the reactor during power operations. Crews will also do preventive maintenance that will ready the plant for the summer season.
New Jersey’s junior Senator is worried because some of the state’s plants are similar to the Japanese plants. The governor is worried about the material beyond their closure.
Authorities in New Jersey said a Pennsylvania man had a pistol and hollow-point bullets when he drove through the front gate of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant.
The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generation Station in Lacey Township was returned to normal service after a main power transformer was replaced.
The centerpiece of the plan is the early closure of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant. The plant sucks 1.4 billions of gallons of water each day from the bay and then discharges warmer water back.
Exelon, the nation’s largest nuclear power operator, agreed to close the plant 10 years earlier than its license called for. In return, New Jersey environmental officials dropped their insistence that the plant build one or more cooling towers.
Workers replaced both of the plant’s main power transformers, refueled the reactor and did maintenance that can only be performed while the unit is offline.