Creek Nuclear Generating Station
The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station is a single unit,
boiling water reactor located in Lacey Township, Ocean County,
near Barnegat Bay. The plant is owned by Jersey Central Power
and Light Company and is operated by General Public Utilities
It is located on 1,316 acres and is traversed by U.S. Highway
Route 9. Geographically, the plant is situated in the Outer
Coastal Plain near the Pinelands National Reserve. The reserve
is characterized by a fragile ecosystem and a large untapped
ground water reserve. In addition, there are extensive freshwater
and saltwater marshes. Barnegat Bay Inlet and the Atlantic
Ocean are within 10 miles of the plant.
Land use near the plant consists of commercial, residential,
and recreational properties. Island Beach State Park and adjacent
shore areas contribute to a large seasonal increase to the
local population. The largest concentrations of residents
are to the north and the northeast (retirement communities).
The closest residents are 0.5 miles northeast of the plant.