Two state lawmakers who took part in a hearing earlier this year examining the state of New Jersey’s preparedness in the event of a nuclear power plant emergency were not satisfied with the interim report issued by a task force today.
“They didn’t go far enough,’’ said Assemblyman John McKeon, (D-27), South Orange, the chairman of the Environment Committee.
In particular, he was dissatisfied the report does not push the nuclear plant operators in New Jersey to move toward 100 percent usage of the dry cask method of storing spent fuel, which McKeon said is more expensive but safer.
“It’s cheaper for companies to let it sit there,’’ he said.
In addition, both he and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, (D-17), Somerset were concerned with the 10-mile evacuation zone in the event of an emergency.
Chivukula said the zone should be 10 miles at a bare minimum, but preferably larger.
At the hearing earlier this year, the problem of quickly and safely evacuating a location such as Long Beach Island came into stark relief.
“In mid-February, maybe,’’ McKeon said, “but not in mid-July.’’
The interim task force report issued Monday examined various issues surrounding New Jersey’s four nuclear power plants in case of an emergency.