N.J. kinds panel to supervise Oyster Creek decommissioning operations

A newly established panel will monitor the continuing decommissioning operations on the Oyster Creek Nuclear Producing Station and solicit public enter, New Jersey officers introduced.

Division of Environmental Safety Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe established the Oyster Creek Security Advisory Panel to judge Holtec Worldwide’s work on the Lacey Township web site and the obligations it assumed when it acquired the nuclear plant from Exelon in July 2019. The plant went offline final September.

In a ready assertion, Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned the panel will present assurances to the general public that the decommissioning work is compliant and permit group enter.

“Offering the general public with a chance to take part within the strong public enter course of is vital to making sure transparency in the course of the decommissioning course of,” he mentioned.

The panel, which is able to meet at the very least twice a yr, will encompass McCabe, the New Jersey State Police Superintendent, the Director of Homeland Safety and Preparedness, and the Board of Public Utilities president. Further particulars concerning the panel’s operations are in improvement, officers mentioned.

The announcement comes after greater than 150 folks attended a town hall to grill representatives from the Nuclear Regulatory Fee and Holtec Worldwide in late August.

Many questions targeted on Holtec’s assertion it may possibly decommission the plant in six to eight years due to new expertise and streamlined processes. Exelon had proposed a 60-year timeline.

Whereas energy era on the plant is prior to now, the Danish offshore wind firm Ørsted secured rights from the New Jersey Board of Utilities in September to attach its proposed “Ocean Wind Mission” farm 15 miles east of Atlantic Metropolis to the power for regional vitality distribution.

Nicholas Pugliese contributed to this report.