Nuclear plant to pay fine for fish kill

November 25, 2008 4:22:12 AM PST
The Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Ocean County will pay a $67,859 fine for killing more than 5,000 fish during two unplanned shutdowns. The Environmental Protection Department assessed the fine after reviewing the incidents, which happened in 2006 and 2007.

A plant spokesman says the company has a responsibility to take care of the environment.

Environmentalists say the fine is a slap on the wrist compared to a $1 million settlement for a fish kill in 2002.

Migrating fish in Barnegat Bay are attracted by the warm water discharged from the nuclear plant in Lacey Township. The water turns cold when the plant is shut down.

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

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