Last month a new exhibit sponsored by Holtec International was unveiled at the PSEG Energy & Environmental Resource Center (EERC) located near the Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations in Salem, New Jersey (see photos on next page). The EERC is a community learning center focused on fostering an improved understanding of energy, environmental challenges and strategies for balancing energy demand with environmental stewardship. The center opened in January 2010 and has already hosted over 10,000 visitors.
The EERC is a state-of-the-art facility that provides hands-on interactive exhibits designed to promote enhanced understanding of energy production, electricity use, and environmental impacts. The EERC is intended to serve as a community resource that will act as a catalyst to engage members of the public including educators, students, policy makers, and environmentalists to help devise a smarter energy future. The resource center has a variety of programs for schools, Scouts, and adults including topical subjects such as electricity generation, climate change, careers in the nuclear industry, and the Estuary Enhancement Program (EEP). You can find more information about these programs on their website, www.pseg.com/eerc.
“We get many questions about used fuel movement and storage from visitors to the EERC, and we recognized that Holtec’s expertise could help us address their concerns,” said Mr. Bill Levis, President and Chief Operating Officer of PSEG Power, adding, “Your contribution to our exhibit hall will strengthen stakeholder confidence in our ability to safely manage used fuel.”
The current Holtec exhibit features a series of educational panels and a mock-up of an MPC basket in a display case. This exhibit implements the first phase of a two-phase Holtec plan contemplated for the EERC. Phase II will add an interactive display of Holtec’s dry storage systems to the center.
“Holtec views the support provided to the EERC as a unique opportunity for a meaningful interaction with the people in the community where scores of our personnel reside. Holtec International believes that our exhibit at the EERC will help the people of the South Jersey region make informed decisions with respect to used nuclear fuel. We thank PSEG for inviting us to participate in this worthy undertaking,” says Dr. Kris Singh, President and CEO of Holtec International.