Shutdown of N.J. nuclear plant has a surprising stinging consequence

Oyster Creek nuclear plant new jersey

WAYNE PARRY / AP / THE MORNING CALL – The shutdown of one of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plants last year is having a surprising, stinging consequence for a New Jersey bay considered one of the nation’s most fragile.

The environmental group Save Barnegat Bay held a conference Wednesday where scientists noted the increase of tiny jellyfish near the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant.

The stinging sea nettles that had been sucked into the plant and killed by heated water are now thriving and multiplying.

The influx has some worrying about swimming conditions in the area, while others say the plant closure should begin to restore conditions to where they were before the plant became operational in 1969 …

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