Norm Cohen

Stop The Salem Nuke Fish Slaughter Campaign.


Dear friends of the Delaware Bay, and organizations that have worked on cooling tower issues at Oyster Creek and/or Salem:

The opportunity to reform activities at the Salem Nuclear Generating Station so as to protect the fish populations and habitats of the Delaware Estuary is once again moving to the forefront.  In anticipation of the need to advocate for reforms in the form of a new permit we felt it important first to reach out so as to rebuild our coalition on this issue.  Salem kills over 3 billion Delaware River fish a year, with changed technology they could reduce their fish kills by as much as, or even more than, 95%.  Their wetland project has resulted in the application of tens of thousands of pounds of the herbicide glyphosate and established a precedent of herbicide use that has taken us from a statewide use of 600 pounds in l995 to 5,200 pounds in 2005, a nine fold increase in aquatic use.  Things have to change at Salem and in New Jersey.



And so, we would like to invite all of you to please join us in our efforts to secure a new NJPDES permit that, at the least, will:


1.     Require the installation of closed cycle cooling water technologies at Salem or the implementation of a technology that can achieve similar levels (at least a 95%) of reduction in the fish kills resulting from impingement and entrainment, and clearly and directly state that this requirement is the Best Technology Available under the Best Professional Judgment of the NJ DEP and, therefore, is what is required in order for the facility to fulfill the requirements of 316(b) of the Clean Water Act; and


2.     Require Salem to restore wetlands and other estuary habitats to directly make up for historical ecosystem losses (including fish impinged and entrained by Salem, horseshoe crabs who have gotten trapped on the back bays to die in the sun, and shorebirds who have suffered the loss of the eggs the crabs would have provided, etc.) without relying on, or increasing, use of herbicides; and


3.     Require that any such wetlands and other estuary habitat restorations and enhancements not be used to offset current or future ecosystem losses resulting from ongoing operation of the facility (i.e., that these measures cannot be used to fulfill Clean Water Act requirements for minimizing future adverse impacts of Salem operations with or without closed cycle cooling water technologies).


Our coalition will join forces to call for the above platform.
While different organizations may have a different level of interest in each of the above items, it is important we all remain in support of the same overall message by doing so there is a greater chance of success for the missions of each of the participating organizations.