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Safety, Reliability Take No Holiday at Oyster Creek

Oyster Creek and its dedicated employees generate, not only electricity but goodwill for the community.

T’was the night before Christmas…

And at Oyster Creek, our operators, security officers and support staff were still working hard, dedicating themselves, 24/7 to the safe, secure and reliable operations of our facility.

There’s no settling down for a long winter’s nap, here. Generating electricity at a nuclear power plant is a round-the-clock job. We need to make sure every component, every piece of equipment, every safety system is running at its best and we do that every single day of the year. Even on holidays we have a targeted and dedicated crew of professionals at work at Oyster Creek. 

So, while most people in town are enjoying their holidays with family and loved ones, our operators are running Oyster Creek, making sure the electricity flows; our Security Officers are patrolling and guarding our facility and others are keeping Oyster Creek in tip-top shape. 

A well-run station is our daily responsibility to you – our neighboring residents and business owners. It’s our responsibility to those in hospitals, nursing facilities, and needing urgent care. Many people and their families rely on our performance and we always intend to deliver. 

But it’s not just electricity that we generate. We try to generate goodwill in the communities that we serve. 

The men and women of Oyster Creek are fortunate. We work for a company that cares about us and cares even more about our community. As employees – most of whom live within minutes of Oyster Creek – we like to pay it forward, and we not only want to give you all a safe, well-run power facility, but we want to help those who help our neighbors.

For example, those who live near the Oyster Creek Generating Station recently may have bumped into men and women proudly wearing t-shirts commemorating the facility’s most recent refueling outage. These shirts are a longtime tradition for employees and contractors.

But those shirts do more than demonstrate pride in workmanship. Those shirts are responsible for helping out the community during the holiday season. 
This year, all proceeds from the sales of the shirts – $8,000 total – has been donated to the following area charitable organizations to help make the holidays happier for the communities that Oyster Creek serves. The donation was allocated to the following:

  • $2,500 to the Lacey Food Bank for outerwear needs and holiday packages for Lacey residents
  • $5,500 to the United Way of Ocean County for its Holiday Stars Program. Through this program, donations will be evenly distributed to:
    • Community Options
    • Harbor House
    • Ocean County Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • Ocean Mental Health Association

As we wrap up another busy year, we look forward to giving our neighbors what they have come to expect from Oyster Creek – safety, reliability and community involvement – in 2013 and in the years to come.

Here’s wishing you and those you love a peaceful, happy holiday!

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