Public Meeting To Discuss Oyster Creek Emergency Response Drill

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BERKELEY – A public meeting aimed at discussing the results of an Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station Radiological Exercise is set for Friday, September 29 at 1 p.m. at the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management, located at the Ocean County Airport on Route 530.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be on hand to talk about the biannual exercise, which is scheduled for September 26.

The goal of the exercise is to test how nuclear plant workers and municipal, county, and state agencies respond to a simulated emergency at the nuclear power plant.

The Ocean County Office of Emergency Management and 17 Municipal Offices of Emergency Management that are located within a 10-mile radius of Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township will participate in the drill, according to Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy.

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“The Ocean County Office of Emergency Management participates annually in drills that focus on the nuclear power plant,” Mastronardy said. “This year’s exercise will be monitored and reviewed by FEMA. The federal agency will look at the actions taken by the participants and will review it for both efficiencies and any deficiencies they may find.”