In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 picture, an Exelon employee walks past equipment in the turbine building at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township, N.J. Called "Oyster Creak" by some critics because of its aging problems, this boiling water reactor began running in 1969 and ranks as the country's oldest operating commercial nuclear power plant. Its license was extended in 2009 until 2029, though utility officials announced in December 2010 that they'll shut the reactor 10 years earlier, rather than build state-ordered cooling towers. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
August 27, 2011 3:01:47 PM PDT
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - August 27, 2011 --
The nation's oldest nuclear reactor, located a few miles from the New Jersey coast, is reducing power in case it needs to shut down completely as a result of high winds from Hurricane Irene.