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UPDATE: Oyster Creek Remains Offline Following Pressure Increase in Reactor

Plant was shut down over the weekend and remains offline

The Oyster Creek Generating Station's nuclear reactor remains offline after plant operators manually shut it down following an increase in pressure.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, on its website, indicated Tuesday that the plant is not being powered at this time.

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the plant’s control room operators manually shut down the reactor on Saturday in response to increasing reactor pressure.

"Cooldown was achieved using the plant’s isolation condensers," said Neil Sheehan, NRC spokesman.

At the time of the shutdown, turbine valve testing was being performed on the plant; the cause of the problem involving the turbine control system has not yet been determined, Sheehan said.

According to Sheehan, one of the NRC resident inspectors assigned to Oyster Creek on a full-time basis responded to the site following the shutdown to independently verify that the plant was in a safe condition and that the operators were taking the appropriate actions.

"The inspector did not identify any significant concerns with the [shutdown] or with subsequent operator actions to stabilize the plant," said Sheehan.

Suzanne D'Ambrosio, plant spokeswoman, said staff will take advantage of the outage to perform additional maintenance work to "keep the unit operating reliably and efficiently."

There has not yet been a determination as to when the plant will return to service.

Winston Smith December 16, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Enough already, decomission that pig! I know I know, low taxes. Hope your prepared to pay a mortgage and taxes on a house you cant live in. ahh, who am I kidding.? They'll tell you its fine and you'll live there anyway.
hardesthit December 16, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Just out of curiosity, what do you think will happen to the property values in the area when the taxes go through the roof. Many areas of the state are as much as double the tax rate. My assumption is , a lot of homeowners in the area (including myself) would try to sell their homes , as they are either commuters or retirees who live in the area just for the low taxes and will be forced out. Just asking....
Resident of Lacey December 16, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I am already paying a mortgage, taxes and insurance on a house I cant live in.
proud December 16, 2013 at 06:52 PM
I'm going to go out a a limb and predict an increase in properyt taxes in the future. I think it should also be mentioned that many people are already being (or. have been) forced from their homes. That does not bode well for property values or the economy in general. Until New Jersey abandons the failed system of Home Rule, the once great Garden State will remain mired in an economy of government where all people are equal, though some are more equal than others.
Winston Smith December 16, 2013 at 08:46 PM
from what I have read,it takes 10 years to decommission a nuke plant so they're not going anywhere for a while. That thing is passed its expiration date. Close it.
Spooner December 17, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Hey Winston- If Harry Reid doesn't allow them to store the nuclear waste in Nevada, those containers could be there for a long-long-long time?? I remember when I think it was that group called Save Barnegat Bay forced Excelon to build cooling towers. Now Excelon would love to wash their hands of the place. Any Takers!
proud December 17, 2013 at 06:18 AM
The cooling towers weren't built. The trade off was that the plant could remain open for ten years i(without the towers) nstead of the twenty years that the federal operating license was renewed for. This occurred about three or four years ago.
grace December 17, 2013 at 09:47 AM
@spooner maybe mr most can have it...
grace December 17, 2013 at 09:48 AM
please dear god keep us safe til this plant is done!! close it already.....its only a matter of time people..frightening stuff
Spooner December 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM
@grace- contrary to your views regarding nuclear energy being used to generate electricity, there's nothing in the for see able future that can replace carbon fuel that is polluting our air and effecting the climate. Right now China has on the books and is building some 40 odd Westinghouse reactors. There going forward. . .and we're living in a sort of "catch 22" dilemma. We all like the modern conveniences of clean quiet heat in the winter and cool dry air in our homes during the summer, not to mention all the other modern higher energy drawing appliances we have connected to our electric service. I know to solve the problem locally, we'll all put solar panels on our roofs?
grace December 17, 2013 at 01:12 PM
hi @ spooner i guess if i had to i would put solar panels on my roof i would, but yea they are ugly
proud December 17, 2013 at 02:05 PM
So is black lung disease.

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