A biennial emergency exercise aimed at testing the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station's handling of an emergent situation has been postponed due to the federal government shutdown.
The plant, which itself is currently not operating due to glitches powering up after routine maintenance last week, was scheduled to run the exercise Tuesday night with results to follow in the days after.
The exercise has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a date to be determined, likely in March 2014, said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Since the NRC requires a test every two years, Oyster
Creek's operator will need to submit an exemption request
regarding the proposed rescheduling to next year, said Sheehan.
There was no word Tuesday on when the plant would return to operating status.