FORKED RIVER, N.J. – The Oyster Creek Generating Station released a statement today declaring that the company has reduced power and declared an Unusual Event because unusually low tides, low water levels in the bay and high winds impacted the plant's intake canal.
The plant was switched to reduced power to insure that the company had the ability to properly cool the station in the event of a shutdown. The reduced power ensures plant safety and minimizes impact on marine life.
The Exelon Corporation reports that "an Unusual Event is the lowest of four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Although water levels have returned to normal, the classification will remain in place until operators confirm that this environmental anomaly will not recur with the next tidal change. Exelon Generation remains in contact with all appropriate federal, state and local officials regarding plant conditions."
Oyster Creek is located about 8 miles north of Stafford Township, 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes, the equivalent to all homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined.