WARETOWN, NJ – The decommissioning of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant comes with a plethora of concerns. While the plant’s address is technically in Lacey, it’s close enough to Waretown to warrant the attention of neighboring Ocean Township officials.
Last month, Ocean Township Mayor Ben LoParo was among the local representatives who sat in on a Town Hall meeting put together by Congressman Andy Kim. It may be no small coincidence that Ocean Township subsequently passed a resolution regarding the transport of spent nuclear fuel.
The Township Committee passed Resolution No. 2019-227 unanimously. That said, the local governing body won’t have the ultimate say as to what happens to the spent nuclear fuel moved out of Oyster Creek. As far as its removal, it’s up to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue permits for transporting any type of hazardous waste.
In the meantime, one thing is clear. The Mayor and Township Committee don’t want spent nuclear fuel passing over the community’s roadways. Therefore, they did the best they could to make that known to those who have some control over the decision.
Holtec International is leading the decommissioning process, which the Township estimates could take ten years. Ultimately, the plan is to transport the spent nuclear fuel to off-site locations.
The resolution cites increased traffic volume as one of the problems the Township just doesn’t need. It is seen as “posing a substantial health and safety risk and significant wear and tear to vital Township roadways.”
When it comes down to it, the Mayor and Township Committee wants to ensure the health and safety of the public and maintain the integrity of the municipality’s critical infrastructure.
Oyster Creek Stakeholder Information Forum
Holtec International has pledged to keep the public advised throughout the decommissioning process. They have invited the public to a meeting tonight to learn more about Holtec and CDI’s Decommissioning Program for the Oyster Creek Generating Station.
The forum will include both a Town Hall and Expo at Lacey Township Middle School, Multipurpose Room, 660 Denton Avenue in Forked River. It is scheduled from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Those concerned or even curious about the decommissioning process should come to learn more. On October 3rd, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will host a meeting of their own at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin.
Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.