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Oyster Creek Protesters: 'Enough is Enough'

New Jersey Environmental Federation will lead a local demonstration in concordance with the National Day of Solidarity, a country-wide protest against nuclear plants

Local protesters will be participating in a National Day of Solidarity at Oyster Creek Generating Station from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

“The main premise of our demonstration tomorrow is in reference to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant,” said Benjamin Davies, staff director of the New Jersey Environmental Federation.

A U.S. district judge in Brattleboro, Vt. ruled that the could remain open beyond it’s scheduled shutdown date this year. The state had originally ruled against Vermont Yankee’s federal operating license, which gives the plant 20 more years to operate.

The ruling went against “public and political upheaval,” Davies said, which sparks concerns that the same could happen at Oyster Creek.

“We’re afraid that that ruling and a push from the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) and other big industry might set a precedence to overturn what we worked for decades to do with Oyster Creek,” he aid.

In January, Oyster Creek said the company despite the federal court ruling.

“Enough is enough,” a press release by Davies read. “We have the right to a clean, healthy future!”

The group of advocates will park their cars about half a mile north of the Oyster Creek facility before marching to the nuclear plant. The event also will feature speakers including Davies, William DeCamp of Save Barnegat Bay and Jeff Brown of Grandmothers, Mothers and More for Energy Safety.

“It’s going to be a peaceful demonstration,” Davies said.

The local demonstration will be made up of community members, New Jersey Environmental Federation Staff and other organizations, Davies said. At least 10 are expected.

The National Day of Solidarity, which is sponsored by Beyond Nuclear, will be taking place at all U.S. nuclear plants that have a GE Mark I Boiling Water Reactor, the , he said.

Mr. and Mrs. March 26, 2012 at 01:52 AM
If you think nuclear energy is safe, you haven't been paying attention and you need to educate yourselves. HIghly recommend www dot enenews dot com and www dot enformable dot com
Mr. and Mrs. March 26, 2012 at 01:58 AM
It also releases nuclear radiation into the environment like iodine-131 which can cause thyroid cancer and tritium which can cause cancer, just to name a few. It's called "nuclear effluent" and all nuclear power plants release it and are allowed to release it. Also, studies are showing higher incidences of leukemia in children living near nuclear power plants. Jobs and taxes don't mean a thing when you or someone you love loses their health.
Mr. and Mrs. March 26, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Clean? Nuclear energy is filthy. 200 chemicals alone are used in the nuclear cycle. 200 dangerous radionuclides are created. Radiation is released into the air and water. Nuclear energy is a huge polluter.
Jack March 26, 2012 at 02:44 PM
There are more than half a million people living in Ocean County. Ten of them protesting a court decision that affects a plant 280 miles away should not be considered news. Especially when it's the same 10 people who have comprised ever antinuclear demonstration in Ocean County for the last 10 years.
The Mallet March 26, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Yo Mr & Mrs - I-131 Half-life 8.05 days is released at high velocity 400-ft above sea level - most of it goes out to sea where it decays with no ham to the environment - try looking at the nuclear waste stream from the local hospitals and treatment facilities that enter the GROUND WATER systems, Iodine, Selenium, Tech-99, Barium, etc etc - Get your priorities straight and STOP WITH THE JUNK SCIENCE ! You don't know what you're talking about - - - -

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