DEP seeks RFPs from independent expert candidates for Oyster Creek panel

TRENTON – The state wants an independent expert to sit on the advisory panel for a nuclear power plant.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a request for proposals from qualified experts who wish to serve as the independent expert to the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel.

The panel was created in May to supplement oversight of the nuclear power plant in Lacey Township leading up to its closure by the end of 2019. DEP said at the time it would have an independent expert on the panel.

The independent nuclear safety expert selected for the panel would serve as its third member, along with DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and Charles B. McKenna, Director of the State Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. The independent expert would be chosen by Martin in consultation with community and environmental groups, DEP reported today.

DEP nuclear engineers and experts will provide their expertise to the panel and serve as its staff.

The Safety Advisory Panel will assist the DEP with evaluation of the continued safe operation, decommissioning planning, and cessation of operations at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, which is the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant.

The Safety Advisory Panel also will monitor plant operator Exelon Corp.’s compliance with the Administrative Consent Order signed December 9, 2010, which is designed to ensure a safe shutdown of the plant.

All bids for the independent expert position must be received by the Department no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on August 30, 2011.

The RFP is available for review at

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DEP seeks RFPs from independent expert candidates for Oyster Creek panel