Forked River Nuclear Power Plant

The Forked River Nuclear Power Plant was a proposed nuclear power plant in Lacey Township in Ocean County, New Jersey.[1] It was proposed as a single 1,070 MW reactor in 1969 to be built by Combustion Engineering and operated by Jersey Central Power and Light.[2] The facility would have been located on a site between JCP&L's existing Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station and the Garden State Parkway. Unlike the Oyster Creek Plant, the Forked River Plant would have a cooling tower to prevent the release of hot water into Oyster Creek and Barnegat Bay.[3]

Construction of the plant was halted in 1974 due to financial cut-backs and environmental protests, but was resumed in 1976.[4] The plant's construction was ultimately canceled in 1980, when General Public Utilities (the parent company of JCP&L) halted construction "because of financial difficulties stemming from the accident at its Three Mile Island facility", as well as uncertainty over whether the NRC would grant a license or possibly institute other costly regulations.[5][2] In addition, community fears and a construction accident that killed one worker helped end the plant's construction.[6]

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  1. Plan for New Reactor Dropped
  2. 1 2 Nuclear Power Generation and Fuel Cycle Report 1997 p. 63.
  3. "Fight Against Atomic Plant is Dropped". The New York Times. December 6, 1972.
  4. Waggoner, Walter (December 15, 1976). "Utility Allowed to Continue Nuclear Project". The New York Times.
  5. Nuclear Plant is Cancelled
  6. Associated Press (March 13, 1979). "Worker Is Killed At Atomic-Plant Site". The New York Times.

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Coordinates: 39°48′47″N 74°13′05″W / 39.813°N 74.218°W / 39.813; -74.218

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