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Oldest US nuclear plant is shutting down on Monday

Key Points
  • The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey will go offline at some point before 1 p.m., although officials will not say precisely when.
  • Oyster Creek went online Dec. 1, 1969, the same day as the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station near Oswego, New York.
  • There will be 98 nuclear power plants operating in the U.S. after Oyster Creek closes.
An aerial view of the Oyster Creek Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Forked River, New Jersey on the Atlantic Ocean near the New Jersey shore. 
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 America's oldest nuclear power plant is shutting down Monday.

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey will go offline at some point before 1 p.m., although officials will not say precisely when.

Oyster Creek went online Dec. 1, 1969, the same day as the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station near Oswego, New York.

But Oyster Creek's original license was granted first, technically making it the oldest of the nation's commercial nuclear reactors that are still operating.

The plant in Lacey Township near the Jersey shore has dealt with corrosion and leaks during its time in service, but its owner, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., says the plant has always been safe.

There will be 98 nuclear power plants operating in the U.S. after Oyster Creek closes.

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Key Points
  • Government incentives and trade barriers once sparked a gold rush for uranium, leading to a boom in mining for the nuclear fuel.
  • However, U.S. uranium miners have endured decades of distress as foreign competition entered the market and demand faltered as nuclear energy fell out of favor.
  • Uranium miners are now asking the Trump administration to erect trade barriers torn down more than 30 years ago to preserve the industry.