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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2003

Contact: Fred Mumford (609) 984-1795
or Amy Cradic (609) 984-1795

DEP and State Police to Hold a Series of Public Hearings on New Jersey Radiological Emergency Response Plan for the Salem, Hope Creek and Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Stations

(03/94) TRENTON --- In cooperation with the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that a series of public hearings and information sessions will be held to discuss the New Jersey Radiological Emergency Response Plan.

A total of three informational sessions and public hearings will be held to increase public awareness and seek comments regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of the state's response plan in case of a nuclear emergency. The informal information sessions led by DEP begin at 6:00 p.m. to allow participants to talk directly with individual DEP staff members. During the informal discussion hour, people are encouraged to inquire about the DEP environmental monitoring program or any other items of interest with regard to the Salem, Hope Creek and Oyster Creek nuclear power plants. Following the information session a joint State Police and DEP formal public hearing is scheduled at 7:00 p.m.

The first meeting will be held in Salem County on July 9, 2003 in the second floor courtroom of the Salem County Courthouse in Salem. An informational session will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the public hearing beginning at 7 p.m.

DEP's second meeting will be on July 15, 2003 in Cumberland County. This meeting will take place at the Cumberland County Administration Building, 790 East Commerce Street (Route 49), Bridgeton. The informal information session will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the public hearing beginning at 7 p.m.

The third and final meeting will address the emergency response plan for Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Ocean County. This meeting will occur on July 22, 2003 at the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Avenue, Room 119, Toms River. The information session will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the public hearing beginning at 7 p.m.

 

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