Salem Plant Cited for Safety Issues

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Salem Plant Cited for Safety Issues Public Service Enterprise Group said Monday that it will take two years to improve the system of detecting and repairing maintenance problems at the Salem Nuclear Plant in Lower Alloways Township, N.J.

Experts say Salem suffers from reliability of equipment and availability of parts.

In addition, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating claims by at least two employees that their superiors retaliated against them after they expressed concerns about safety.

Company president Christopher Bakken III told The New York Times the situation is not a quick fix.

PSEG told the newspaper that it plans to shut down one of the station's three reactors for extensive repairs this fall.

The Hope Creek and Salem One and Two reactors provide electricity to more than half of PSEG's 2 million customers in New Jersey.

Delaware Offering Radiation Protection Pills

Meanwhile, the state of Delaware will be handing out potassium iodide pills to residents living in the shadow of the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants.

Officials said that the pills will protect the thyroid gland in the event of a radiation release.

People living within 10 miles of the reactors can get the pills on Wednesday at the Townsend Fire Company and on Oct. 28 at the Appoquinimink state service center in Middletown, Del.

Residents should bring proof of address.

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