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Oyster Creek In State Of Extreme Weather Preparedness

As Hurricane Irene approaches, Oyster Creek Generating Station is preparing to take specific actions to protect the plant, personnel, and the public

Oyster Creek is preparing to follow the necessary protocols once Hurricane Irene hits but the specific plans cannot be determined until the storm actually transpires, spokesperson Suzanne D’Ambrosio said.

“Exelon site and corporate personnel continue to carefully watch the progression of Hurricane Irene and are ready to take specific actions to protect the plant, personnel and the public,” she said.

Oyster Creek is in a state of extreme weather preparedness, D’Ambrosio said.

“Simply put, once it was determined that the plant could be affected by this storm, formal procedures and preparations were enacted to assure the safety of the plant, personnel and the public,” she said.

Preparations include assuring that all plant safety systems are operational; that all outside equipment, materials and other items are properly secured and stowed and that plant procedures related to the affects of a hurricane are reviewed and ready for use if needed, D’Ambrosio said.

“Exelon Nuclear’s highly trained and qualified personnel are also ready take specific actions, above and beyond their routine jobs to keep their coworkers, their neighbors and the plant safe,” she said.

Oyster Creek was designed to withstand natural occurrences greater than what it would typically encounter in the region where it is situated, D’Ambrosio said. The station can withstand floods, high winds and have numerous safety systems that will operate and/or safely shut the reactor down in the event of a loss of offsite power.

Oyster Creek is the oldest operating nuclear plant in the country and provides enough around-the-clock electricity for 600,000 New Jersey homes and began commercial operations in 1969.

foggyworld August 26, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Yup, in nice weather in daylight they figure we can go to our "local" shelter at Lakewood High School of all places. Even the NRC admits that to evacuate most of us would take 7 to 9 hours. Not great if there is radiation in the air but the plan speaks to just more of our taxpayer dollars at work. Oh, and don't bring your pet unless you have a very serious crate or it will be bye, bye time for you both. Read the plan and weep and wonder why we continue to pay people cushy salaries with the best benefits in the nation to do fourth grade work - and not A+ work either. Oh, and you can't bring booze with you. I'm at the point where I wonder if we shouldn't just put something like Prozac or Valium in our water supply to take our minds of these sort of stressful conditions as found in lovely Ocean County.
foggyworld August 26, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Those spent rods are going to be here apparently until the end of time. No one will take them and it takes according to the latest number I read over 300,000 years for the radiation in those rods to be completely spent and no longer dangerous. I'm with you on no more nukes but before this first plant went up, no one had devised a method of getting rid of those rods. Government planning really at it's very worst. And putting it between route 9 and the GSP certainly made that former landowner a pile of dough but as always, at our expense. Time to vote incumbants out just to start to clean things up. But unless some genius can find a healthy method of disposal, we have a permanent problem and I don't know of any work going on to solve this debacle other than Harry Reid's No Go Yucca Flats.
Capt Willie August 26, 2011 at 09:27 AM
Ah somebody fire up the generator, and keep it dry with fuel in it, not really that hard, would have helped japan to put the generators is a safe dry place
decamp August 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM
To what windspeed are the thin metal sheets that protect the highly radioactive used fuel pool designed?
Sean Conneamhe August 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Oyster Creek was never constructed to withstand hurricanes because "it was far enough inland". Oyster Creek was constructed at the southern tip of JCP&L's service area. The company's corporate office headquarters are at the northern tip. What does that say? JCP&L's officers and owners wanted to be as far away from the nuke as possible because they knew that evacuation was impossible and that the spent fuel rods would be there forever. Oyster Creek should have been shut down 30 years ago.


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