Oyster Creek Opponents Planning to Attend Meeting [AUDIO]
The nation's oldest nuclear generator sitting in Ocean County will be topic A tomorrow night, when nuclear regulators come to town. Opponents of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant will be in attendance to talk about their ever-growing list of concerns.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be at the Holiday Inn of Toms River, hearing from both sides. Janet Tauro, the founder of Grandmothers, Mothers and More for Energy Safety, or GRAMMIES, will be there. She says they plan to emphasize the urgency of the recommendations following last year's Japanese Nuclear Disaster.
Tauro explains "several of the recommendations from the agency have been implemented but others have not. The NRC has given plants five years. We feel that's way too much time and it needs to be done as soon as possible. It's a public safety and health risk."
Tauro, like other opponents, were not pleased with the NRC back in March when there was no public comment portion during their safety assessment. She says that document was full of holes too. Tauro says "they left out a lot in the way of corrosion and fire hazards. We can't let this slide under the radar."
Tauro contends "there is no other issue as important as Oyster Creek in terms of public safety in Ocean County. They will be listening tomorrow night and we will be heard."
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. The Holiday Inn of Toms River is located on Route 37.
The Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant is the site of a single boiling-water reactor and is owned by Exelon Generation Co., LLC.
It will cease operations in 2019.