In an enormous show of unity, the entire Salem County Board of Commissioners, as well as the 15 mayors representing every municipality in Salem County, have joined together in support of preserving the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants – which provide tremendous economic and environmental benefits to Salem County.
“For more than 40 years, PSEG Nuclear has been part of the fabric of our communities,” the statement reads. “When it comes to protecting South Jersey’s environment, our economy, and our workforce, we’re all in this together.”
See the full statement here: https://www.salemcountynj.gov/support-for-pseg-nuclear/
By coming together and speaking with one voice, this unanimous message urges the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to support the continued operations of the Salem and Hope Creek plants by extending the state’s Zero Emissions Certificate program for an additional three years, providing the support needed to keep these incredible economic and environmental engines going and preserving thousands of jobs for South Jersey residents.
The nuclear plants’ benefits to the South Jersey are significant:
- Salem and Hope Creek employ 1,600 direct jobs and support an additional 4,500 indirect jobs in surrounding communities.
- The nuclear plants create $1.2 billion in economic activity every year.
- These plants generate electricity without emitting any carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and are responsible for more than 90% of New Jersey’s carbon-free electricity.
The BPU is expected to rule on extending New Jersey’s ZEC program in late April.