Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, August 2006

Keith Rella, 732-872-0111,

Comments Sought on Environmental Impacts of Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station

     Public meetings to discuss the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station (OCNGS) were hosted by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Dover Township, NJ, on July 12.  The public was given opportunities to comment on the draft EIS, which was released by federal regulators as part of a larger package for the renewal of OCNGS’ operating license for an additional 20 years. The report concluded OCNGS would have a “small” impact on the environment if given permission to keep running past the expiration of the existing 40-year license in 2009. 

     COA testified, as did Rutgers University Professor, Dr. Michael Kennish, who is considered an expert on the ecology of Barnegat Bay.  Dr. Kennish questioned the conclusions and the use of outdated research and information dating as far back as the 1970s. 

     The NRC is accepting comments on the draft EIS until September 8.The entire document can be viewed online at, and search using ML061520231.

Proposed Offshore Wind Turbine Facility - Comments Due

     The US Minerals Management Service (MMS) will be developing an Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for a proposed offshore wind facility 3.6 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island.  The MMS is accepting comments on the scoping of the EIS and are due August 18.  According to MMS, scoping comments could include, but not be limited to, information on what should be included in the EIS, such as identification of alternative sites, size and configuration of the facility, resources to be analyzed for impacts (e.g., birds, marine mammals, fish, tourism, and recreational fishing) and monitoring or mitigation of potential impacts. 

     For information on both projects and how to submit comments, visit


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