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Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station

Life cycle timeline showing current status, consisting of 6 various stages of status (Pre-Licensing, Licensing, Construction, Operating, Operating with Intent to Decommission, Decommissioning) with the current status shown in bright green color, and the other available status are greyed out hyperlink to the Operating section content for Fort Calhoun Station hyperlink to Operating with Intent to Decommission section content for Fort Calhoun Station hyperlink to the Decommission section content for Fort Calhoun Station

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Location: Forked River, NJ (9 miles S of Toms River, NJ) in Region I
Licensee: Exelon Generation Co., LLC
Operating License: Issued – 07/02/1991
Renewed Operating License:  Issued – 06/03/2009
License Expires – 04/09/2029
Docket Number: 05000219

Facility Type: Power Reactor, Boiling Water Reactor
Licensed MWt: 1,930
Reactor Vendor/Type: General Electric Type 2
Containment Type: Wet, Mark I

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Site Identification

License Status: SAFSTOR
Permanantly Shutdown: 09/17/2018
Fuel Removed: 09/25/2018
Estimated Closure: 2035
Project Manager: Zahira Cruz

Site Status Summary – spent fuel status & schedule

Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station (Oyster Creek) was a 1,930 Mwt, boiling water reactor that began operation in 1969 and was permanently shut down on September 17, 2018. By letter dated September 25, 2018, Exelon Generation Company (Exelon), prior owner of the facility, certified that all fuel had been removed from the reactor.

To view previous operating reactor information for Oyster Creek, please visit the Operating section above.

Exelon submitted the Oyster Creek Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) to the NRC on May 21, 2018. In the PSDAR, Exelon stated its intention to move all of the spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage by the end of 2024 and put the plant into SAFSTOR until it is ready to fully decommission the facility starting in 2075.

On August 31, 2018, Exelon and Holtec submitted a License Transfer Application (LTA) requesting NRC approval to transfer the Oyster Creek Renewed Facility Operating License and the General License for the Oyster Creek Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) to Oyster Creek Environmental Protection, LLC (OCEP), as the licensed owner and to Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI), as the licensed operator. The license transfer was approved by the NRC staff and became effective on July 1, 2019. The NRC staff is currently reviewing the revised PSDAR submitted by HDI on September 28, 2018, which includes a revised Site-Specific Decommissioning Cost Estimate and notify the NRC of changes to accelerate the schedule for the prompt decommissioning (DECON) of Oyster Creek. License termination would take place by 2035.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, November 19, 2019