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Nuclear plants get permits to use Delaware River water

June 10, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A power company has gotten permits from New Jersey to continue drawing billions of gallons of water from the Delaware River to cool two nuclear reactors.

The state’s department of environmental protection granted the five-year permit to let PSEG Nuclear use the water to cool two nuclear reactors in Salem County.

The reactors in Lower Alloways Creek Township draw up to 3 billion gallons of water a day from the river. The water is then discharged back into the river.

Environmental groups have long argued that the company should have to build cooling towers at the Artificial Island site. The groups say the current systems kill marine life.

Jeff Tittel of the Sierra Club says it’s unconscionable to let the plants run for another five years without cooling towers. He says they will challenge the permit in court.

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