Since the late 1960s, South Jersey was home to America's oldest power plant. But that all changed Monday at noon.

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township went offline at noon Monday. The plant was considered near the end of its useful life by many.

The ‘birthdate,’ if you will, of the power plant going online was December 1, 1969. Following Oyster Creek's closure there are 98 nuclear power plants now operating in the U.S.

Credit: 6abc

What makes it the oldest commercial nuclear reactors still operating is the license. Oyster Creek's original license was granted first to operate.

Recently though the plant has been on a downside as corrosion and leaks have been brought up throughout the years. Chicago-based Exelon Corp., the owner of the plant, says that the plant has always been safe.

Source: 6abc

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