Ocean dwellers have not been notified of the release of water from the Oyster Creek plant

LACEY – Water with “low level” amounts of radiation was recently discharged from the defunct Oyster Creek Nuclear Power PlantAccording to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority, which oversees radiation-related activity at the plant.

Holtech International NRC spokesperson Neil Sheehan said in an email that about 24,000 gallons of water were from the facility as part of ongoing shutdown activities. He said the water was released slowly beginning on September 7 and took two days to complete.

The water contains low levels of radiation and comes from the plant’s nuclear fuel rod cooling basin, reactor cavity and equipment pit, Sheehan said.

He said the water release is regulated by both the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in order to protect the public.

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Lacey Township is shown on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sheehan and Holtech spokesman Joseph Delmar said workers at the power plant had made such releases of low-level radioactive water throughout the facility’s operation. The procedure is part of routine operations, not only at Oyster Creek, but at nuclear plants across the country, Delmar said in an email to Asbury Park Press.

Water has been an integral part of Oyster Creek’s operation and safety for nearly 50 years of electricity generation. The steam heated by nuclear power was used to power the plant’s turbines, converting that energy into electricity. Water was also used to cool spent fuel rods inside a large basin.

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