WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) sent a letter asking U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Allison Macfarlane to address safety issues at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station following Superstorm Sandy. The NRC has reported that during the storm, many of the facility's emergency sirens failed to operate and water levels rose in the intake structure. In addition, a subsequent inspection found a small leak in the cooling system.
“The NRC has an obligation not only to ensure the safe operation of nuclear facilities like Oyster Creek, but also to inform affected communities about steps being taken to address safety concerns identified by the agency,” wrote Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the NRC.
The letter can be viewed here.