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Oyster Creek emergency test postponed due to Hurricane Irene and October snowstorm

Oyster Creek emergency test postponed due to Hurricane Irene and October snowstorm
BY ROGER WITHERSPOON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Operators of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant have been granted a year’s delay in their required emergency drill in South Jersey because their state emergency counterparts are still occupied with the aftermath of a summer hurricane and an early fall snowstorm.

Michael Pacilio, president of Exelon Nuclear, which operates the plant, was notified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the exercise originally scheduled for Sept. 27, 2011 could be postponed until the end of June, 2012. By then, state and Ocean County emergency offices should be finished cleaning up after real disasters and able to concentrate on simulated safety efforts.

But the postponement raises questions bout the legitimacy of emergency drills which are only conducted when conditions and personnel staffing are optimal. Emergency planning in New York City prior to the 9/11/01 attacks, in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina, and at Fukushima Daiichi prior to the earthquake and tsunami all failed to take into account the impact of multiple emergencies either in proximity or simultaneously.

 

Integrated Apple TV sets part of Steve Jobs' legacy

Integrated Apple TV sets part of Steve Jobs' legacy
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Industry sources are saying that Apple will soon begin preparations to launch displays of iTV sets, scheduled in the second or third quarter of 2012.

According to digitim...

N.J. weather forecast: New Year's Eve weekend warms up

N.J. weather forecast: New Year's Eve weekend warms up
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

As a warm front advances through the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan area, temperatures are much warmer this morning. Temperatures this morning are ...

Toyota 2012 Aqua hybrid boasts 83 mpg

Toyota 2012 Aqua hybrid boasts 83 mpg
BY JOHN SOLTES
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Toyota launched its brand-new gasoline-electric compact hybrid car, dubbed the "Aqua," on Monday, Dec. 26 in Japan. The global car manufacturer expects to sell 12,00...

Verizon hears complaints, scraps $2 convenience charge for bill payment

Verizon hears complaints, scraps $2 convenience charge for bill payment
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Some people think Verizon’s new $2 convenience charge on one-time credit card or online payments was proposed to push its customers into joining an automatic payment op...

N.J. weather forecast: Cold air blasts through area

N.J. weather forecast: Cold air blasts through area
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Get the hot chocolate ready! High pressure over the central Great Lakes will provide tranquil yet chilly weather conditions throughout the Philadelphia and New ...

Coyote hunting season in N.J follows bear hunt

Coyote hunting season in N.J follows bear hunt
BY ADELE SAMMARCO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

First it was the black bears, now it’s coyotes.

Beginning next Monday, New Jersey will permit hunters to shoot the prairie wolves on the spot for a special hunting...

Avalon, N.J. skunks have no natural predator

Avalon, N.J. skunks have no natural predator
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey wildlife officials want to know what Avalon has been doing with its excessive skunk population.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, Mayor of Upper Townshi...

Coast Guard warns ships of endangered right whales in mid-Atlantic waters

Coast Guard warns ships of endangered right whales in mid-Atlantic waters

Pinpoints waters off Sandy Hook, entrance to Delaware Bay

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Coast Guard on Wednesday reminded the operators of ships 65 feet or longer that the vessels can go no...

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