NRC says Oyster Creek's radiation barrier OK

November 18, 2008 4:23:25 AM PST
Federal regulators say a corroded steel radiation barrier at Ocean County's Oyster Creek nuclear power plant is safe enough for the plant to resume operation. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the reactor can operate until the plant's next scheduled inspection in 2012.

The drywell is designed to contain radiation in the event of an accident.

The NRC says ultrasonic measurements of the drywell's thickness met standards.

State and local groups are opposing efforts to renew Oyster Creek's license for 20 years.

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Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com

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