Opinion: Give Oyster Creek an autopsy before decommissioning

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JANET TAURO / APP.COM – As the country’s nuclear fleet gradually retires, the next task for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will evolve from overseeing the operation of atomic plants to decommissioning, taking them apart piece by radioactive piece and figuring out what to do with millions of pounds of highly radioactive waste.

When the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey closes in October, an autopsy of metal components and safety structures would provide federal regulators with a wealth of scientific data on exactly what happens to steel after being blasted for half a century with high levels of radiation …

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