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Letter: Oyster Creek’s Critics are Spreading 'Unwarranted Fear' After Hurricane Sandy

The executive director of New Jersey Energy Coalition argues that anti-nuclear advocates need a reality check

To the Editor:

As New Jersey residents recover and rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it’s an emotional time and many people are still suffering greatly. It’s downright shameful that local anti-nuclear activists are using New Jersey’s greatest disaster to spread unwarranted fear among those trying to heal. Nuclear critics have been very busy since the storm hit, using misinformation and bad science to bully public officials and scare local residents into believing that Oyster Creek Generating Station is a ticking time bomb that should be shut down. Aren’t these the same critics who called for Oyster Creek’s closure after 9/11 and Fukushima? Regardless, their recent claims are again unsubstantiated by facts.

Even before Sandy made landfall, they warned Oyster Creek would flood; service water pumps would fail; the reactor would melt and the plant’s spent fuel would expose the shore to a Fukushima-like disaster. As we know, none of these implausible events occurred. After the storm they changed tactics, claiming the station was “inches from a meltdown” and that deep cracks in the reactor should compel the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shutter the facility immediately.  A subsequent special inspection by the NRC independently confirmed that none of those claims had any basis in fact.

By all the accounts I’ve seen from Exelon, the NRC and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Oyster Creek prepared well and stood strong during Sandy. It’s time for Oyster Creek’s critics to get their facts straight, separate science from supposition, and stop all the fear mongering to advance their anti-nuclear agenda.

Oyster Creek has been a clean, safe, reliable source of energy for almost 1 million New Jersey homes for nearly 43 years and Sandy was no match. Regardless of your personal opinion of nuclear power, you have to admit that’s a pretty good record.

Sincerely, 

Bob Marshall
Executive Director
New Jersey Energy Coalition 

Gene Kronberg January 29, 2013 at 01:01 PM
"And bear in mind that there is no level at which radiation is considered safe!!" Now you're just lying. Again Wikipedia: Hormesis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hormesis. FTA: "In toxicology, hormesis is a dose response phenomenon characterized by a low dose stimulation, high dose inhibition, resulting in either a J-shaped or an inverted U-shaped dose response. Such environmental factors that would seem to produce positive responses have also been termed "eustress.""
wookfish January 29, 2013 at 03:15 PM
so what you're saying is that even if it closes for safety reasons the plant will have to remain open, paying taxes for years to come? fine by me..
Mr. Dee January 30, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Do not accuse me of lying. Here is just a small sample of sources concluding there is NO safe dose of radiation. (1) World Health Organization "Director-General Margaret Chan said There is no safe low level of radiation.” http://concernforhealth.org/radiation-is-always-dangerous-says-world-health-organization-director-general/ (2) “There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of (ionizing) radiation so low that the risk of a malignancy is zero”--Dr. Karl Morgan, the father of Health Physics" http://www.nirs.org/radiation/radiationhome.htm (3) Wikipedia: "radiation is always considered harmful with no safety threshold" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_no-threshold_model (4) "Radiation is Never Safe -- "There is no safe level of radiation," said Dr. Jeff Patterson, immediate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a radiation exposure expert" http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/insights/04/01/11/nuclear-radiation-there-no-safe-dose http://environment.about.com/od/nuclearenergywaste/a/Radiation-Safety-Is-Radiation-Ever-Really-Safe.htm (5) ""Nuclear radiation: There is no safe dose" By Romeo F. Quijano, M.D. (6) Regarding hormesis: "THE HORMESIS SCAM" by Dr. Karl Grossman "Among the nuttiest theories about radiation is that it is good for you." http://www.karlgrossman.com/articles.html#Hormesis Scam - Radiation is Good for You?
Mr. Dee January 30, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Tritium leaks and Oyster Creek: (1) From Wikipedia: "A week after Oyster Creek got its new 20-year license, workers found a tritium leak which came from two buried pipes that had not been properly insulated the last time they were worked on in 1991. A second tritium leak was discovered in August, 2009, from a pipe leading into an electrical turbine building. The tritium contaminated groundwater on the plant site and has been flowing into Barnegat Bay." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oyster_Creek_Nuclear_Generating_Station (2) "The tritium-contaminated water leaked from pipes at the Lacey Township facility last year. Tritium is a byproduct of nuclear plant operations. It's been linked to some forms of cancer." http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/12/nj_environmental_chief_says_tr.html (3) "Oyster Creek nuclear plant to remove tritium-tainted water from South Jersey aquifers" "Operators of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station are beginning a long-awaited pollution clean-up this week by pumping tritium-tainted water from the Cape May and Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifers, which provide drinking water to more than a million South Jersey residents." [...] "designed to remove about 180,000 gallons of the tainted water water that was accidentally released through two holes in underground pipes at the Lacey Township nuclear facility. " http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/oyster_creek_nuclear_plant_to.html
wookfish February 04, 2013 at 07:09 AM
Oh genny boy, why is Frank LOUSENBERG questioning the safety of the plant now?

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