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Crews Securing Oyster Creek, Reactor Offline

'Safety is our number one priority,' site vice president says

The Oyster Creek Generating Station's reactor is shut down as parent company Exelon Corp. prepares for Hurricane Sandy.

A storm response team has been mobilized this weekend to protect the plant and its workers, according to Suzanne D'Ambrosio, site communications manager. it will "closely monitor the storm and take actions to address challenges if they arise," D'Ambrosio said.

“Safety is our number one priority. We are prepared to protect our plant, our workers and the public no matter what this storm throws at us,” said Oyster Creek Site Vice President Michael Massaro. “In its 42 years of operations, Oyster Creek has withstood its share of severe weather, and our storm preparations this week will ensure our readiness.”

When Sandy's track was identified, Oyster workers implemented emergency procedures to ensure safety systems are operational and all outside equipment is properly secured, D'Ambrosio said.

She added that Oyster Creek was designed to withstand severe storms and preparedness plans are continuously reviewed.

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