Three environmental groups have settled a lawsuit against New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Department, clearing the way for the agency to rule on whether a southern New Jersey nuclear plant is doing enough to prevent unnecessary fish kills.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, New Jersey Sierra Club and New Jersey Environmental Federation settled their lawsuit Monday against the DEP, which said it would issue a draft discharge permit to PSE&G’s Salem Nuclear Generating Station by June 30.
That will force the DEP to take a position on whether the facility’s cooling water intake structures must be significantly upgraded to reduce fish kills.
The environmental groups say the plant’s systems kill more than 3 billion fish a year.
The power plant says it will cooperate with the state’s review.