Oldest operating nuclear plant in country to retire Monday
The oldest operating nuclear plant in the nation is set to retire on Monday.
The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, which is 50 miles east of Philadelphia, will stop producing electricity shy of 50 years of production.
According to a release for the U.S. Energy Information Agency, the New Jersey-based plant began operating on Dec. 1, 1969, and will close a year earlier than permitting allows.
The plant generated 5.4 million megawatt-hours of electricity last year.
Oyster Creek will be the sixth nuclear plant retired across the country in the last five years, with an additional 12 plants slated for decommissioning by 2025.
Four of those retirements will be in either Pennsylvania or Ohio.
Three Mile Island in southern Pennsylvania is set to fully retire next year with the Davis-Besse plant in Ohio set for retirement in 2020.