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N.J. WORKING WITH NRC TO MONITOR OYSTER CREEK NUCLEAR PLANT

     (The following press release from the Office of the Governor of New Jersey 
was received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.)                      
Christie Administration Working with NRC to Monitor Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant 
During Hurricane Sandy 
Contact: Michael Drewniak 
Kevin Roberts 
609-777-2600 
Trenton, NJ – The Department of Environmental Protection and the federal 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission are carefully monitoring the impacts Hurricane 
Sandy on operations at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, 
which last night suffered power outages, declared an “alert’’ due to rising 
water levels, and lost a portion of its warning alarm system.   
Exelon’s Oyster Creek reactor, which was off-line prior to Sandy for previously 
scheduled refueling and maintenance operations, lost off-site power last night 
due to the storm. The plant is temporarily being powered by backup diesel 
generators and a combustion turbine engine, which are providing energy for 
water pumps that cool the fuel stored in the reactor until normal power sources 
are restored.   
Also last night, even though Oyster Creek is off-line Exelon was required under 
NRC regulations to report to the NRC and DEP an “alert’’ that occurred at 8:45 
p.m. due to rising water levels in its canal that provides cooling water to the 
plant’s intake system. The rising levels were the result of high tides, wind 
direction and storm surge that were caused by the storm. The notification of an 
“alert’’ is the second lowest NRC action level. 
The NRC in a statement noted that Oyster Creek remains in “safe condition,’’ 
with agency inspectors on site. “It also anticipates that water levels will 
abate within the next several hours,’’ returning to normal levels.     
In addition, due to the power outages, Oyster Creek also reported a loss of 
operability of 21 of its warning sirens in its service area. It reported the 
situation, as required, to the NRC, as well as the DEP and state Office of 
Emergency Management. Efforts are being made to restore all sirens to operable 
status. Even though some sirens are out, there are other warning systems in 
place. 
DEP nuclear engineers monitor daily operations at the state’s power plants on a 
regular basis and will continue to monitor their status throughout the storm 
and its aftermath. Under the New Jersey Radiation Accident Response Act, the 
DEP and State Police coordinate and implement comprehensive state, county, and 
municipal response to nuclear emergencies and establish requirements for 
protecting the public in the event of nuclear emergencies.  
The state has highly trained staff ready to initiate, at a moment's notice, an 
effective response to any nuclear power plant issue.  
For an NRC news release on monitoring of nuclear power plants during the storm, 
visit:  
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2012/12-042.i.pdf