FORKED RIVER, N.J. – Every day, more than 500 employees support reliable operations at Oyster Creek Generating Station. On Monday, June 5, local residents will have an opportunity to meet some of those men and women, and see firsthand the training, talent and expertise required to generate energy for the community.
Oyster Creek Energy Education Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 5. More than 400 elementary, middle and high school students will participate in a variety of scheduled presentations and activities designed to teach them about energy, nuclear power operations and career opportunities in science and technology fields.
That evening, Oyster Creek will host Community Information Night, an annual educational event that will be open to the public from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Through interactive displays and activities, Exelon representatives and technical experts will provide information on nuclear energy topics including plant operations, emergency preparedness, used fuel storage, safety, security, environmental stewardship and community outreach. Light refreshments will be available.
“The men and women who work at Oyster Creek are dedicated professionals with a commitment to safe, reliable operations and a great deal of pride in what they do. These community events open our doors so that our neighbors can have a greater understanding of the day to day operations at our station,” said Tim Moore, site vice president. “And with the growing demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, Energy Education Day gives students a practical and interactive experience that may spark their future career interests as scientists, engineers and technicians.”
Both events will be held at the Oyster Creek Education Center off of Route 9 on Intake View Lane, just north of the plant’s main entrance in Forked River.
Oyster Creek is located 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 than $96 million injected directly into New Jersey’s economy.