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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 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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