Rendering the site free of all radioactive materials could be realized by shipping the site’s used nuclear fuel to Holtec’s consolidated interim storage (CIS) facility called HI-STORE that the company is presently licensing in New Mexico on land owned by its partner, the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA). In the meantime, the storage canisters containing the spent nuclear fuel will be safely and securely stored at the Oyster Creek site.
“Protecting the health and safety of employees, the community and the environment has been a central focus for Oyster Creek throughout its operating history” explained Holtec Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Pierre Oneid. “This will continue throughout decommissioning with safety being the focus in everything we do.”
More than 200 Oyster Creek employees are staying on to begin the decommissioning effort. Throughout the decommissioning process, specialized industry personnel will join the project at different stages, similar to the plant’s previous refueling outages. This influx of people will in turn have a positive economic impact on local shops, restaurants and hotels.
“Lacey Township welcomes Holtec to our community,” added Lacey Township Mayor, Tim McDonald. “Holtec has been open and transparent in communicating with us and we look forward to supporting and working with them to do what’s best for our community.”
In addition to Oyster Creek, Holtec previously announced agreements to purchase from Entergy the Indian Point, Palisades and Pilgrim nuclear units, including the independent spent fuel storage facility located at Big Rock Point. The acquisition of Pilgrim, a similar plant to Oyster Creek in Massachusetts, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to occur in the next few weeks.
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