Oyster Creek Safety Meeting Next Week [AUDIO]
Did you know the nation's oldest nuclear power plant is actually located in New Jersey?
Ocean County's Lacey Township to be exact. The Oyster Creek Generating Station forms the basis of a meeting Monday. The focus will be on the safe operations at the site.
The plant is scheduled to go off-line in December of 2019. There are several environmentalists and activists against the plant altogether either because they're against nuclear power or the fact that the plant was renewed to operate past the normal amount of time for a facility of its type.
Back in March of 2010, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection formed an Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel. They are the group responsible for making sure the plant meets all state requirements while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversees the entire operation.
The panel consists of DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Edward Dickson and independent consultant Adam Cohen.
The meeting on Monday was originally scheduled for November but got pushed aside due to Superstorm Sandy.
According to DEP spokesman Bob Consodine, "The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to speak to the Panel and communicate any concerns regarding the operation of Oyster Creek and the cessation of operations in 2019. They want to hear from you. Everyone will get five minutes and have a chance to fill out comment cards."
The meeting takes place Monday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean County Administration Building on Hooper Avenue in Toms River.