NRC: Citizen Advisory Panel Meeting Location Recommendation Deadline April 17

Mar 27, 2019

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public input to determine a series of meeting locations as it develops a report identifying best practices for the establishment and operation of local community advisory boards in areas with decommissioning nuclear power plants.

“We’re asking communities around the country that host permanently shut down nuclear power plants if they would be interested in hosting an NRC meeting on best practices for citizen advisory panels on decommissioning,” Neil Sheehan, public information officer for the NRC Region 1, said. “The NRC encourages the formation of such panels and believes they serve as a valuable communications conduit for the public regarding decommissioning nuclear power plants.”

It’s up to stakeholders in communities with a decommissioning nuclear plant, like the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, to decide if their community would benefit from a meeting, he said.

“We are seeking geographical diversity with respect to where these meetings are held,” Sheehan said.

The federal agency expects to hold a minimum of 10 public meetings with host states and communities within the emergency planning zone of nuclear power plant, as well as existing local community advisory boards. Stakeholders wishing to submit comments on where a meeting should be held for the Oyster Creek Generating Station must do so by April 17, according to the NRC register notice issued March 18.

Comments can be submitted online at and search for Docket ID NRC-2019-0073, or can be mailed to the Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555-0001, Attn: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff.

Oyster Creek, once one of the largest employers in Ocean County and the nation’s oldest operating commercial nuclear power plant, was permanently taken offline in September 2018, more than 14 months earlier than anticipated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey.

Roughly a month earlier, Exelon Generation, which owns the nuclear power plant, announced it reached a deal with Holtec International, a Camden-based energy technology company, to purchase the plant and assume its decommissioning duties. The two companies jointly filed a license transfer application with the NRC in August 2018, asking for a decision no later than May 1, 2019.

Decommissioning under Exelon’s plan would take the full 60 years permitted under federal regulations. Holtec, should the NRC approve the license transfer, promises to have the site fully remediated in eight years so it can be repurposed.

There is no movement on the NRC’s review of the license transfer application, including requests for a hearing on the matter, according to Sheehan.

— Gina G. Scala

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