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Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating 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: 2078
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 is owned by Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon).  The reactor was permanently shut down on September 17, 2018.  By letter dated September 25, 2018, Exelon 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.  License termination is scheduled to take place by 2078 and site restoration by 2080.

Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

On August 31, 2018, Exelon Generation 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.  Holtec is proposing to use DECON as the decommissioning strategy.  License termination would take place by 2035.  The NRC staff is currently reviewing this application.

There are no major technical issues at this time. Major regulatory activity to adapt the operating plant license to the needs of the post-shutdown functions of the facility has been completed.  The activity focused on adapting the application of the regulations to post-shutdown requirements related to security, emergency planning, finance and insurance.  As the licensee moves to place all spent fuel remaining in the spent fuel pool into onsite dry storage, licensing activities will begin for adapting the regulations to the dry storage only condition.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, January 02, 2019