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Leak at Oyster Creek nuclear power station – operating at reduced capacity

Nation’s oldest nuclear plant reduces power generation due to water leak, By Cassidy Grom cgrom@njadvancemedia.com For NJ.com. 10 Aug 18 

A water leak at Oyster Creek Generating Station has forced the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant to operate at reduced capacity as it nears the final month before closure, federal officials said…….

Oyster Creek is the oldest operating commercial nuclear power plant in the nation, according to the NRC and is slated to completely stop generating electricity Sept. 17.

About a decade ago, New Jersey officials informed Exelon that it would need to add costly cooling towers in order to continue operating for the next 20 years, Sheehan said. The state and the company reached an agreement that the company didn’t have to add the towers if it agreed to close after just 10 years………

Once it stops generating energy, the plant must undergo the lengthy process of being decommissioned or cleaned, according to Suzanne D’ Ambrosio, the Oyster Creek Communications manager.

In late July, Camden-based Holtec International announced it will purchase Oyster Creek and take over the plant’s spent nuclear waste and it’s decommissioning trust fund, worth about $980 million.

Exelon estimated that cost to restore the site to its original state would cost near $1.4 billion.

Holtec International must obtain permission from the NRC before it can take over Exelon’s license for Oyster Creek. The NRC is hosting a public meeting about the license transfer at 11555 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland at 1 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Cassidy Grom may be reached at cgrom@njadvancemedia.com Follow her at @cassidygrom. Find NJ.com on Facebook.     https://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2018/08/water_leak_at_nj_nuclear_plant_means_less_power_ou.html

 

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August 11, 2018 - Posted by | safety, USA

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