Oyster Creek began operating in December 1969 as the first large-scale commercial nuclear power plant in the United States. Its single boiling water reactor produces 645 net megawatts (MW), enough electricity to power 600,000 average American homes.
We announced in 2010, after an extensive analysis, that Oyster Creek will be retired at the end of 2019. Exelon and our team of dedicated Oyster Creek employees remain committed to operating Oyster Creek safely and reliably for the remainder of its operating life. The plant will achieve 50 years of operation by the date of the plant's final retirement.
Committed to Safety
Oyster Creek Generating Station, like all U.S. nuclear energy facilities, is based on a “defense-in-depth” design, which means there are redundant layers of safety. There are multiple layers of safety systems to provide water to the reactor core. These safety systems, and their backup safety systems, are powered by multiple and redundant power sources. Nuclear energy plants are built with multiple physical barriers, including thick, steel-reinforced concrete walls around the reactor to contain radioactive materials.
Our employees are personally committed to safety. They are highly-skilled workers and continually receive training to make our safe work practices even safer. We have a culture of continuous learning and implement lessons learned from operating experience to continue to operate safe nuclear energy facilities. Each employee has 100 percent accountability. We welcome strict, daily oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). We work with the NRC to ensure that all regulations are complied with - and exceeded.
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Oyster Creek employs a sophisticated emergency response plan to protect public health and safety approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the state of New Jersey. The Emergency Plan includes coordination with local counties, municipalities and school districts.
Supporting the Local Economy
A majority of Oyster Creek’s 700 employees live in Ocean County, New Jersey. The operation of the Oyster Creek plant increased wages to Ocean County residents by $52.9 million in 2003 and across New Jersey by $69.3 million. The operation of Oyster Creek and the increased output associated with it accounts for 1,034 jobs in New Jersey and 915 jobs in Ocean County.
Oyster Creek aims to be a good neighbor and is very active in the local community.
- Charitable Giving & Volunteerism.
- Oyster Creek has the largest employee-run United Way campaign in Ocean County. In 2010, Oyster Creek employees donated $285,000 to the Ocean County United Way.
- In 2010, Oyster Creek hosted 150 Boy Scouts members in the plant's control room simulator to help them earn their Nuclear Science merit badge.
- Also in 2010, Oyster Creek donated $8,500 to the Lanoka Harbor EMS for an oxygen cascade system; $10,000 to Lacey Township Schools to support the purchase of educational equipment; and $2,500 to the Fish Hawks Saltwater Anglers Club to support the purchase of fishing rods and equipment to be given to youth members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County.