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Public Meeting to be Held on Operation and Closure of Oyster Creek

The Monday, Nov. 5 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ocean County Administrative Building in Toms River

A public meeting will be held on the safe operation and closure of Oyster Creek Generating Station on Monday, Nov. 5 in Toms River.

The meeting, which was announced by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean County Administration Building.

Members of the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel will be available to discuss plant-related matters. The panel was created to assist the DEP with the evaluation of the safe operation and cessation of operations at Oyster Creek, a news release said.

The panel consists of DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Edward Dickson and independent consultant Adam Cohen.

The closure of Oyster Creek was announced in December 2010. The nuclear plant will cease operation in 2019, 10 years before its operating license expires. Prior to closing down, a decommissioning plan has to be established.

The public will be included in the decommissioning process as several meetings are to be held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the vicinity of the nuclear plant. Paul Baldauf, Director of the DEP, noted that the Nov. 5 meeting is not a part of that process.

"The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to speak to the Panel and communicate any concerns regarding the operation of Oyster Creek and the cessation of operations in 2019," he said.

The public meeting will be held similarly to a “town” meeting, according to Tammy Morin, Nuclear Engineer of the Bureau of Nuclear Engineering at the DEP. The public will have the opportunity to provide comments for the panel to consider, she said. Questions may also be asked.

At this time, there is no confirmation that a formal presentation will be held at the meeting. 

The Ocean County Administration Building is located at 101 Hooper Avenue in Toms River. The meeting will be held in room 119.

For additional information, contact Paul Baldauf, Director of DEP, at 609-633-7964 or email paul.baldauf@dep.state.nj.us.

Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 08, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The day before the election - rather than two weeks before. Afraid it might influence the outcome?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Christie / Runyan - when are you going to tell the people of Lacey that the jobs they're worried about are headed to the three new plants you announced the day after Birdsall and puppets told you they were staying? Also - 800 MILLION DOLLARS for a COOLING TOWER? Freedom Tower in NYC is only 4 times that, and the Comcast building in Philly was 40% of that. I suspect a decimal place error - or two - or maybe three. You're being played.
Giant fan October 24, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Mr Lavergne, This is the second time you have misrepresented what was said at the public meeting (which you did not attend) concerning the feasibility study of the possibility of a gas fired plant in Lacey. Why don't you educate yourself on the issues and stop making yourself look like nothing more than someone who is simply looking for attention.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Are you telling me that the people of Lacey Twp are preparing to go on the hook to build their OWN gas-fired plant? Are you further telling me that there are NO financial ties between the engineering company and the present administration? The money was spent to prepare a study when the replacement plant sites were already ready to be announced. Pray, tell, you're not trying to imply that the placement of the three plants which Christie discussed THE VERY NEXT DAY were decided on AFTER the meeting. No, I couldn't attend that evening due to a personal matter, although I certainly would have liked to. As to my understanding of the issues - try me on. YOUR Candidate parrots back what he's told - nothing more. Runs the plays "as called". He brought two HANDLERS to the debate at the Asbury Park Press Editorial Board, and gave answers that conflicted with "his" written ones - because he had no idea what they actually said. The audio is on the web thanks to another candidate, where he said he would raise the retirement age to 75 (at which point, the guy behind him kicked his chair leg). One of the moderators asked "But, Mr. Runyan, your written answers said you wouldn't raise retirement age for medicare and social security..." His response..."They do?" Those dollars belonging to the people of lacey were handed off to the engineers for unnecessary work. Did the engineers make any contributions in Lacey? They're being investigated up and down the shore for this.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Does THAT clarify my position on the ongoing corruption investigations in all the shore communities of a specific firm? JR didn't know, however, and I don't blame him at all. The R's didn't even bother to send an attorney to the Fisher Courthouse in October, and didn't even enter an appearance in the Federal Third Circuit on the matter concerned - deadline was today noon. I promise you, JR doens't even know there's a problem with the ballot.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM
His own party is treating him like a mushroom. (kept in the dark and fed manure). Meanwhile, two of our competitors are dropping out and endorsing yours truly. Like apples? How 'bout them apples.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM
After the election, it's gonna be OPRA time.
Giant fan October 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM
As I said you do not understand the issue. The study was done to attract a potential developer to the sight. The term is called shovel ready and is almost always required before state or federal aid is given such as the three plants that were spoken about are receiving. As for the potential project in Lacey is concerned I would doubt its even on the Governors radar. As to my comment about you misrepresenting the facts of the meeting I stand by this because even though you couldn't attend it's obvious you haven't bothered to educate yourself. As for Birdsall aside from the fact that they have probably contributed to Lacey if you had checked you would know they are probably one of the best qualified firms for this type of project. Mr Lavergne I stand by my previous comment concerning you simply looking for attention and unless you care to state some pertinent facts I won't be responding to you again.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 25, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Then we can agree to disagree agreeably, and nothing more need be said...however (not a parting shot) if you will e-mail me at upholdtheconstitution@hotmail.com, I will ask that you and I meet over coffee - if you are in a capacity to help Lacey at the local level, I have much to offer you - no strings attached...I'll even pay for the coffee. Let's let it wait until after the election, so no one gets the wrong idea. (That was another reason I chose not to attend THAT meeting, btw - that group is the LAST one I want to associate with when I am involved directly in some of the OPRA requests being prepared elsewhere. This is not the place for that, either.)
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 25, 2012 at 01:08 AM
My son's grumbling about Lacey, right now. He's the bass drummer for Riverside HS - you beat them by 1.15 at Delsea...nice score, and a job well done. Kwitcherbellyakin', Sean.
Giant fan October 25, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Thats more like it. You're obviously a very intelligent man with a lot of good ideas some I'm sure I would agree with. Isn't it great to have children who are involved and care enough about something to want to succeed.

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