With construction occurring throughout the mid-1960s, Forked River’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station went online in 1969. Sitting on over 1,000 acres next to the Barnegat Bay, power-generating activities at Oyster Creek draw over one billion gallons of water each day with its large water pumps at the edge of the bay. The plant was originally owned and operated by Jersey Central Power & Light. In 2003, it became the property of Exelon. Due to various changes in how nuclear plants are to be regulated, the Oyster Creek nuclear generating station is scheduled to be permanently shutdown in 2019.

The Oyster Creek nuclear plant was designed and engineered in the early-1960s by the Burns & Roe engineering firm. The Chicago Bridge & Iron Company completed construction of the nuclear facility between 1965 and 1969. With the assistance of hundreds of local independent contractors and subcontractors, numerous buildings, plants and structures were built. Additionally, hundreds of pieces of power-generating equipment, including a General Electric nuclear reactor, turbines and generators, were installed. This work, which took years to complete, exposed hundreds of individuals to vast amounts of asbestos dust.

Between the 1940s and 1980s, many of the products involved in the construction of power plants contained asbestos. Materials such as floor tiles, ceiling tiles, sheet rock, joint compound, drywall and caulk all contained asbestos. Other materials, including cement, cement pipe, air duct lining, electrical control boxes, and paint, contained various amounts of asbestos in finished products. During the late-1960s, the individuals who constructed Oyster Creek under the direction and supervision of Chicago Bridge & Iron regularly worked with and around these products. Tradesmen of all crafts applied asbestos to the walls, floors, pipes and ceilings of the plant.

Once construction of Oyster Creek’s buildings was completed, the power-generating equipment was assembled. Numerous pieces of machinery, including hundreds of pumps, valves, air compressors, wire and cable, turbines, generators, condensers, tanks and a nuclear reactor were installed. Because of the dangerously high temperatures much of this equipment reached, a large amount of asbestos insulation was used. Additionally, most of this equipment included a variation of asbestos gaskets, packing, rope and insulation. Miles of pipe, as designed by Burns & Roe, was insulated with fibrous asbestos insulation. All of this construction work exposed hundreds of contractors to large quantities of asbestos dust.

After construction was completed and the power-generating machinery was installed, the General Electric nuclear reactor was put online. With power being supplied to the grid, the main responsibility of Oyster Creek’s employees was to monitor the equipment, to ensure that power-generating operations were not interrupted. Because time “off the grid” meant lost profits, scheduled shutdowns for critical maintenance were planned years in advance. With this time, Jersey Central Power & Light was able to assemble crews of hundreds of independent contractors to disassemble and inspect the plant’s equipment.

These overhaul activities exposed Oyster Creek employees and independent contractors to vast amounts of asbestos dust. Part of the workers’ responsibilities during a shutdown was the inspection of every piece of machinery deemed critical to power-generating operations. For many, this meant cutting through heavy layers of asbestos insulation to get a product disassembled. After inspection, workers would scrape out worn gaskets and packing, and then replace these components with fresh asbestos products. Hundreds of pumps, valves and air compressors were overhauled before the plant could be put back online. During these turnarounds, hundreds of workers were exposed to dangerous, airborne fibers.

If you or a loved one worked at the Oyster Creek nuclear generating station and have developed an asbestos-related disease, please call today for a free consultation.


Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline or by submitting an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.


Committed to Doing What’s Right

Over $3 Billion Won

We have represented numerous individuals and groups of workers, winning for them multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts.

There's No Case Too Big

Our team has achieved groundbreaking victories in highly complex cases and has gone up against some of the toughest defendants in the country.

Trial Attorneys

Our attorneys excel in the courtroom and are not afraid to bring a case in front of a jury if a fair settlement for the client has not been reached.

A Thought Leader in the Industry

Our firm’s knowledge and experience are in high demand, and many news outlets have asked us to share our legal expertise.

Access to World Class Resources

Our experienced attorneys use cutting-edge technology and highly regarded experts to help us achieve the best possible result for our clients.

Changing the World for Good

We not only want to achieve the best possible results for our clients, but we also strive to prevent future harm by changing public health policies.


Hear What They Have to Say

Professional, responsive and very good at their jobs.

“From the first visit to my home, to my last visit to the office to collect my settlement, I was very happy with the services provided by this firm. They are professional, very responsive and very good …”

– Lisa Ross

They have truly gone above and beyond.

“I have been beyond pleased how Levy Konigsberg is handling my matter. They answer my questions in a timely matter and when warranted, ease my worries and concerns. They have truly gone above and …”

– Anne Fahey

I put my Faith and Trust into Corey Stern!

“Selecting a Law firm to represent me was one of the biggest decisions I’ve had to make in my life. I put my Faith and Trust into Corey Stern, and he exceeded all my expectations.”

– Dennis McGowan

With this team on my side we came out on top.

“Levy Konigsberg and team are a group of men and women that give their all, down to the receptionist. I had a case that was almost unbeatable but with this team on my side we came out on top. They keep …”

– Angie Garrido

Very happy with our settlement.

“My husband and I were VERY happy with our experience with this firm. They were always caring and really helped us go through this in a very hard time in our lives .We continue to be in touch with the …”

– Lori Rosa

Wow is all I can say.

“It has been a few years now but I needed to post this. My dad suffered so much from Mesothelioma. My brother looked into the law and our rights. Unfortunately he died also before anything was done. It …”

– Carol N.

Their dedication to receive the highest results for their clients was amazing.

“Working with Levy Koningsberg LLP was a very positive experience. Their professionalism and curiosity was outstanding. I was a pleasure working with this firm. Their dedication to receive the highest …”

– Emily DeRogatis.

Such a great team!

“The whole team at Levy, Konigsberg LLP have been extremely professional and kind during our most difficult time. They keep you informed during the process, check in often asking if there are any …”

– Kevin Kober

We definitely got the right law firm!

“Levy Konigsberg represented my daughter Linda, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma at 16 years old. She endured many surgeries and chemotherapy including HIPEC. She traveled the country seeking …”

– Mark Wells

Levy Konigsberg continued to help my family fight for the justice my father deserves.

“Levy Konigsberg was there for my father as soon as he was diagnosed with mesothelioma they helped him get medical treatment in another state that specializes in his condition and even provided housing …”

– Stephanie Vitale



Free Case Review