N.J. nuclear plant restarted after repairs

The nation’s oldest operating nuclear plant has been restarted after it was taken offline last month for a planned refueling and maintenance work.

The Oyster Creek plant in Lacey Township resumed full-power operations around 5 p.m. Friday.

The plant was shut down Sept. 15 so crews could perform work throughout the plant and replace nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel to keep the unit running safely and efficiently for another two-year cycle. Technicians also completed testing, maintenance and modifications that can only be done when the station is not generating electricity.

Oyster Creek is located about 60 miles east of Philadelphia. It generates enough electricity to power 600,000 homes, or roughly all the homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined.

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