In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 picture, Oyster Creek nuclear plant program engineer Roger Gayley speaks to a crowded room in Lacey Township, N.J., during a public hearing on a state proposal to ... more 
In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 picture, Oyster Creek nuclear plant program engineer Roger Gayley speaks to a crowded room in Lacey Township, N.J., during a public hearing on a state proposal to force the Oyster Creek nuclear plant to build cooling towers to protect Barnegat Bay from its hot water discharges. Called "Oyster Creak" by some critics because of its aging problems, this boiling water reactor began running in 1969 and ranks as the country's oldest operating commercial nuclear power plant. Its license was extended in 2009 until 2029, though utility officials announced in December that they'll shut the reactor 10 years earlier, rather than build state-ordered cooling towers. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Mel Evans
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