321 Barr Ave., Linwood NJ 08221


Date: 09/15/04


To: FEMA Region 2

Joseph Picciano

26 Federal Plaza
New York, New York 10278
(212) 680-3609

Dear Mr. Picciano,

This letter is in reference to the NJ evacuation plan for New Jersey’s four nuclear plants. We request that you, in your role as superintendent of the NJ State Police, not certify or sign off on the Evacuation Plan as it currently stands, and that you notify FEMA of this decision. We further request that you commission an independent consultant to review the plan, as was done in New York State for Indian Point, to see whether or not the Plan, as currently written, would work.

Our testimony at the annual public hearings held by the NJ DEP, make it clear why the Plan, as written, would not protect the citizens of Salem and Cumberland County in the event of a catastrophic accident at one of PSEG’s three nuclear power plants. Our testimony is on file at both the NJDEP Bureau of Nuclear Engineering and at the State Police.

The recent tragedy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina only magnifies the reason why New Jersey needs an independent review of our Nuclear Power Evacuation Plan.

There are many scenarios that the Plan fails to deal with, including

radiation releases that occur without warning, and combinations of events such as a hurricane and radioactive accident occurring spontaneously.

The Plan has weaknesses in its reliance on school buses, its reliance on evacuation by car on rural roads, on its limited use of Potassium Iodide, and on its refusal to run live, real-time exercises rather than table-top practices.

New York State hired the Witt Associates to review the Plan for Indian Point. New Jersey should follow suit.

The UNPLUG Salem Campaign is a network of 109 organizations that act as a safety watchdog for PSEG’s three nuclear plants.



Norm Cohen

Coordinator, UNPLUG Salem Campaign

Organizations and individuals co-signing this letter:


Frieda Berryhill

2610 Grendan Dr

Wilmington, Delaware 19808

John and Betty Canderan

9 Kimberley Court

Cape May Court House NJ 08210

William deCamp Jr.

1229 Bay Ave.

Mantoloking, NJ 08738

Rosemary Volpe

1 Donwood Drive, Eagle Glen

New Castle, Delaware 19720

Jane Christy

Cumberland County Freeholder

633 Dove Drive, Millville, NJ 08332

Sid Goodman 158 Grandview Lane Mahwah, NJ 07430

Coalition for Peace Action

40 Witherspoon Street

Princeton NJ 08542

Rev Robert Moore, Executive Director

Camden County Green Party

1100 Bergen Ave Apt 2

Camden NJ 08105-4262

Richard Giovanni, Coordinator

Coalition Against Toxics

223 Park Avenue

Marlton, NJ 08053

Jane Nogaki, Secretary

New Jersey Environmental Federation

1 Lower Ferry Rd.

Trenton, NJ 08628

Amy Goldsmith, State Director

VOTER, PO Box 12051, Washington, DC

Donald Keesing, Director

Sean Gilligan 151 Betsy Rawls Drive Middletown, DE 19709


New Jersey Public Interest Research Group

11 N. Willow St

Trenton, NJ 08608

Dena Mottola, Executive Director

Atlantic County Green Party

J. David Alcantara

4021 Ventnor Avenue

Atlantic City, NJ  08401

Tel. 609-348-2300

Richard Neill

19 WindingWay

Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Julio Vincent De Sanctis and Rev. Joan De Sanctis

142 S Main Street, Woodstown NJ 08098


Tara Dallara 404 White Horse Pike #2

Haddon Heights NJ 08035

Kathleen Pennell ~

Environmental Toxicology in Children, 26 Edgewood Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Cumberland Conservation League

2138 W. Main St.

Millville NJ 08332

Rob Crowley, Rep.