Oyster Creek nuclear plant goes back online after crews complete repairs, inspections

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LACEY TOWNSHIP, New Jersey — The nation's oldest operating nuclear power plant is once again working at full power.

The Oyster Creek plant in Lacey Township resumed normal operations Saturday. That came nearly a week after it went offline after an electrical issue occurred in a system that regulates steam used to turn the plant's turbines.

After repairs were completed, technicians inspected and tested the electrical system before returning the unit to service.

Oyster Creek is located about 60 miles east of Philadelphia. It generates enough electricity to power 600,000 homes, or roughly all the homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined.

Oyster Creek is due to shut down by the end of 2019 instead of 2029 as called for in its current license. The plant agreed to the early shutdown in return for not being required to build costly cooling towers that would minimize the impact on fish and other marine life in the creek.

Oyster Creek went online Dec. 1, 1969, the same day as the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station near Oswego, New York But Oyster Creek's original license was granted first, making it the oldest of the nation's commercial nuclear reactors that are still operating.

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