Campaign for Safe Energy
IT’S TIME WE RETIRE OYSTER CREEK — After 42 years of operation, Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Station is the oldest operating nuke plant in the country. NJPIRG is working to ensure that this unsafe, leaky plant is retired.
IT’S TIME TO CLOSE DOWN OYSTER CREEK NUCLEAR POWER STATION
• Hope Creek and Oyster Creek’s General Electric Mark I reactors are the same weak and outdated design as some of those that failed in Fukushima.
• The same week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Oyster Creek was safe and approved a 20-year license extension in 2009, it leaked radioactive tritium fluid for the 24th time.
• There is more than 400 metric tons of radioactive waste currently stored on site — if a fire were to occur in one of the storage pools, thousands could die as a result.
• In the case of a major catastrophe, evacuation plans aren’t sufficient — State Police estimate it would take more than 9 hours for a 10-miles radius to be evacuated, and area that would be reached by radiation in an hour or two.
NUCLEAR POWER IS INHERENTLY UNSAFE
For decades, NJPIRG has campaigned against nuclear power. It's inherently dangerous, potentially catastrophic, and a terrible investment for our country. The nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima, Japan, have become the most recent example of that troubling reality.
More than 87% of New Jerseyans live within the 50-mile evacuation zone of a nuclear power plant — that’s 7.7 million men, women and children who are one unlikely series of mishaps away from potential disaster.
There is no known safe level of exposure to radiation, and mortality rates from more than mild exposure is extremely high. The levels of radiation that could escape from our reactors in the event of an accident or natural disaster could dramatically harm human health.
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