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Oyster Creek To Stock Barnegat Bay With Striped Bass

The Oyster Creek Generating Station expects to stock Barnegat Bay with 60,000 Striped Bass this summer.50,000 fingerlings will be released in late June,and 10,000 larger fish will be released in mid-August..

"We are stocking fish because we are good enviornmental neighbors",said Lynn Newton,,chemistry enviornmental manager."We recognize that Barnegat Bay is a precious resourse and we have a responsibility to protect it".
"We are 100 percent committed to protecting our area's natural resources",Newton said."As members of the Ocean County community we will continue to monitor and protect marine life in Barnegat Bay".

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This is true, as is the case with most nuke plants.But it seems that they are trying to take steps to prevent future fish kills...

Case in point..

*They placed special booms at the discharge canal to retain warmer water and give the fish a place to go during the outage..

*Implementing a plan to operate pumps in a manner that moderates heat loss in the discharge canal.

*Doubled the amount of time alloted for the shutdown to make the temperature drop more gradually,about one degree per hour.

*They work with regional aquariums to remove some of the tropical fish from the discharge canal..

So that being said,at leaset they are giving something back,thats a good step in the right direction...

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Now if ONLY Salem would release few hundred thousnad Weakfish !!!!

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Thank you for the post.

It's sad, but tautog is correct. This stocking is a payoff, not an act of charity.

Unfortunately, a closer examination reveals that power plants like Salem are negotiating to not use closed system cooling in exchange for these programs.

So the question stands...

Which is more effective in protecting the habitat?
The use of closed system cooling or the continuation of the open systems in conjunction with stocking and reef programs?

August 2004

With states suing to block new U.S. rules, the Salem plant defends its efforts to kill less aquatic life and to compensate in other ways.

By Tom Avril

Inquirer Staff Writer

LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK, N.J. - To cool its huge nuclear reactors here, the Salem Generating Station pumps close to one trillion gallons of water each year from the Delaware River - enough to fill the old Veterans Stadium 2,000 times.

With all that water comes an unintended casualty: An estimated three billion fish eggs and larvae are killed when sucked into the plant's machinery.

Salem and other plants that withdraw more than 50 million gallons of water a day - there are 550 nuclear and fossil-fuel plants in all - are center stage in the latest conflict between environmental concerns and the nation's thirst for electricity.

Starting next month, a Bush administration regulation will allow these facilities to choose not to install expensive "closed-cycle" cooling systems that protect fish. Instead, the plants will have wide latitude to protect fish by other means, such as restoring nearby habitats or using special screens to keep fish out of intake pipes.

Last month, environmental groups and the attorneys general from six states, including New Jersey, sued the Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to block the rule.

"The EPA is once again putting the profit margin of power companies ahead of protecting the environment and the public," New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey said in a statement.

At Salem, which has twin 1,100-megawatt reactors that are among the top water users in the nation, officials have been working to address the fish-kill problem for a decade.

Scientists at PSEG Power, the plant's operator and majority owner, say the water used and fish lost are a small fraction of what is in the enormous Delaware River and Delaware Bay estuary - 21/2 miles wide at that point.

For example, an estimated 46 trillion bay anchovies live in the estuary, company biologist Ken Strait said. The fish killed in the cooling-water intakes, most of them bay anchovies, represent less than 0.01 percent of that number.

Even so, the plant has spent $100 million on fish protection, as required in a permit issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Some of it was spent on elaborate rotating screens that keep out larger fish, and some on restorating 21,000 acres of sensitive tidal marshes and uplands.

The marshes are restored in two ways: by removing a tough invasive reed called phragmites, and by removing dikes built by farmers who once grew a crop called salt hay.

The idea is to create habitat for small fish, such as the mummichog, and for larger fish that feed on them, including the bay anchovy, weakfish and striped bass.

On a recent visit to a restored marsh in Maurice River, Cumberland County, Strait pointed proudly to hundreds of ripples from the mummichog darting about in the salty brown water.

"It's making fish," the jeans-wearing biologist said of the marsh.

Environmental groups are not convinced, saying they will not be satisfied unless the plant installs a closed-cycle cooling system.

In closed systems, cooling towers reuse water instead of using it just once. Hope Creek, a newer PSEG plant adjacent to Salem, uses a closed system.

Tracy Carluccio, special projects director at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, said the dike removal was worthwhile but criticized the phragmites effort because, among other reasons, it requires pesticides.

Overall, Carluccio said, company data show the marsh restoration has not measurably increased the fish population in the bay.

Strait countered that the bay is so vast, and fish populations so naturally resilient, that the impact of the plant's water intakes cannot be seen when measured against baywide populations. Likewise, the impact of the marsh restoration is difficult to measure from that perspective, he said.

Ken Able, a Rutgers University biologist who has studied the restoration efforts for PSEG, said the improvement in fish population had been "quite dramatic" in the marshes restored by dike removal.

In the lawsuit filed last month, the attorneys general argue that the EPA is giving power plants too much leeway in deciding how to protect fish.

Previously, plants had to install the best available technology, such as closed-cycle cooling systems, unless the cost was "wholly disproportionate" to the benefit.

The new rule will not require plants to take any measures for which the cost is "significantly greater" than the benefit - a hurdle critics say is clearly lower than "wholly disproportionate."

But EPA officials say the regulation is a good one, the first time the agency has spelled out comprehensive rules that must be followed in every state. Previously, interpretation of the Clean Water Act was left up to state agencies, and some states did a poor job of carrying out the federal law's intent.

Mary Smith, director of the engineering and analysis division in the EPA's Office of Water, said she could not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit filed by the attorneys general.

"As a whole, the rule is a good rule," she said. "If a state wants to do something more stringent... it can do so."

PSEG estimates that building a new cooling system at Salem would cost nearly $1 billion. Carluccio, of the Riverkeeper Network, said that cost was not excessive if spread out over the plant's lifetime and was worth spending to protect fish.

[ 04-03-2005, 11:54 AM: Message edited by: sunnydaze ]

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Very interesting thoughts guys,,thanks,,

No,not PR man just reporting about fishing topics
that I think are of interest to the Homeport Forum thats all :)

I am aware of the fish kills that have happened
and I am sure they will take place again someday.
They (Oyster Creek) are playing this up to make up for past mistakes which would be expected since they are trying to renew their license for another 20 years this year.

I do like some of the suggestions that some other
species should be stocked..How about 60000 Speckled Trout ??

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Oyster Creek plant plans to stock 60,000 striped bass in Barnegat Bay in June

By MIKE JACCARINO Staff Writer, (609) 978-2010

LACEY TOWNSHIP - The owners of the Oyster Creek Generating Station plan to give local fishermen a big gift this summer, stocking the Barnegat Bay with 60,000 of their beloved striped bass.

Officials plan to release 50,000 fingerlings, or younger fish, into the bay in late June, according to Community Update, a newsletter the nuclear plant sends to local groups.

The plant will then release 10,000 larger striped bass in mid-August. Company officials said Tuesday that the specifics for where and what date the fish will be released are not finalized.

"We are stocking the fish because we are good environmental neighbors," Lynn Newton, plant chemistry environmental manager, said. She called the Barnegat Bay "a precious resource" and said the plant has "a responsibility to protect it."

"We came up with the idea in the fall," Gina Scala, a spokeswoman for the plant, said. "This shows our commitment to the environment. I mean striped bass, who doesn't love striped bass?"

The plant has had some bad moments with the local fish population because fish congregate in the warm waters near the plant.

An unscheduled reactor shutdown in 1998 led to a small fish kill - about 20 fish.

An accidental release of hot water into the local waterway in 2002 killed about 5,700 fish. AmerGen Energy Co., a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., owns the plant.
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