FORKED RIVER, NJ (July 16, 2009) - Exelon's Oyster Creek Generating Station resumed producing electricity on July 16 at 3:15 p.m. ET for New Jersey consumers and businesses after safely completing a maintenance outage.
The unit automatically shut down safely at 1:35 a.m. ET on July 12 when the plant lost off-site power due to electrical storms that moved through the area overnight.
While this event was not a threat to public health and safety, an NRC special inspection team is on site to conduct additional reviews of operating sequences during the plant's service interruption. Exelon is working with the special inspection team to ensure any information specific to the event is discussed in a timely manner and any required actions are coordinated.
An "unusual event" was declared at 1:48 a.m. ET Sunday. In the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's emergency classification system, an "unusual event" is the lowest emergency level. The unusual event was terminated at 4:05 a.m. ET following the restoration of off-site power.
Oyster Creek is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes, the equivalent to all homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined. In addition, plant workers, through their payrolls, are responsible for more $96 million injected directly into New Jersey's economy.