State to hold hearings into emergency response plans for nuclear power plants

TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection and State Police will hold two hearings – one on Tuesday and another on July 25 – concerning the emergency response plan for the state’s four nuclear power generating stations in Salem and Ocean counties.

As required by the state’s Radiation Accident Response Act, public hearings are required annually to determine the effectiveness of the state’s Radiological Emergency Response Plan. Representatives from DEP will conduct informal information sessions prior to the hearings.

The Tuesday hearing will take place at 7 p.m., following a public information session that begins at 6 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Ave., Room 119, in Toms River.

The second meeting also will have a public information session at 6 p.m. and a public hearing at 7 p.m.  That hearing will take place at the Salem County Office of Emergency Management, Emergency News Center, 135 Cemetery Road, 2nd floor, in Woodstown.

Representatives of the DEP’s Bureau of Nuclear Engineering, the Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Office of Emergency Management, Division of State Police will attend the hearings and respond to questions and comments from the public.

Copies of the New Jersey Radiological Emergency Response Plan will be available at each session. The plan also is available for inspection at county OEM buildings.

For more information, call 609-292-2994.

State to hold hearings into emergency response plans for nuclear power plants