Full power restored to Oyster Creek nuclear plant

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Officials say power was fully restored at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant on Saturday afternoon, several days after the nation's oldest operating plant lost off-site power.

The outage began Monday morning, when an electrical disruption caused the plant's reactor to automatically shut down. Officials believe the power loss was caused by the grounding of a high-voltage line that provides electricity to the Ocean County nuclear plant.

Personnel spent the week performing minor maintenance that can be done only while the reactor is offline.

Oyster Creek, which initially went online Dec. 1, 1969, now generates enough electricity to power 600,000 homes a year and provides 9 percent of New Jersey's power. - AP