Tanya and Burry Timberman, Enviromental and Licensing Engineer, PSEG Nuclear

Tanya and Burry pose in front of the Salem nuclear plant in Lower Alloways Creek in Salem County.

As a mom, my son’s safety is everything to me. Like any little boy, he’s a ball of energy and loves to run around and play. When he gets a “boo-boo,” I wipe away the tears, hold him a little tighter and kiss it to make it feel better. It’s what all good mothers do.

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate moms everywhere. For me, it’s not about expensive gifts or a fancy dinner out. It’s the little things that matter the most – from the giggles and laughter to snuggling under a warm blanket. Most importantly, it’s knowing that when I tuck him in at night, I know he is safe.

Burry Timberman, Son of Tanya Timberman, Environmental and Licensing Engineer, PSEG Nuclear

Burry plays with his stuffed frog on the grounds of the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants.

His safety and your safety are part of who I am. In addition to being a mother, I also work at PSEG’s Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants, where we produce safe, clean power. I grew up in Salem County and have lived near the plants all my life. There’s no place safer and nowhere else I would want to work or raise my family.

I’m often asked if it’s safe to work at a nuclear plant. As an environmental and licensing engineer, I know firsthand the federal and state rules and regulations we must follow to protect the public health. In fact, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are at the plant every day to ensure we operate safely.

But to me and my coworkers, it’s about more than compliance. We understand our job is to protect the health and safety of the public. It’s a responsibility that guides every decision. Every action we take is built upon safety.

Nuclear power is so safe and clean that, when I became pregnant, I had no concerns about working inside the plants. I worked during my entire pregnancy, went full-term and gave birth to the most amazing and healthy little boy. I’ve worked with many other expectant mothers at our nuclear plants and we have always felt safe.

This Mother’s Day, know that I am a mom, just like you, who goes to work every day and can’t wait to get home to my sweet little munchkin! And when you turn off the light and say goodnight, know that there are moms out there, just like you, who work very hard to provide you the power behind that light switch.

Tanya Timberman

Tanya Timberman

Environmental and Licensing Engineer, PSEG Nuclear



  1. John Leibramd

    This is great to know everyone who works at the power plant cares

  2. P. Macconi

    Nice article; cute kid. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Pamela

    Awww Your such a beautiful Mom, God Bless you and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  4. Gary Young PSEG Nuclear Retired.

    Nice! Have a Happy Mothers Day!

  5. Joseph Basista

    People (fellow employees) like Tanya demonstrate that every minute of each day is a commitment to the community, family, and safety. PSEG and it’s dedicated workforce prove every day that nuclear energy done right can be safe, reliable, and 100% carbon free.

  6. rolando granda

    thank you for sharing this with us and have a happy mothers day

    • Luz

      May God Bless yous always lots off luck and blessings to use Happy Mothers Day cute little Angels bless🇺🇸🌹🌷🌸🌺🌻😁🌻

  7. Bill Hickey

    Thanks Tanya, Happy Mother’s Day!

  8. Heather Matteson

    New Jersey does need nuclear, and that’s actually what keeps us safe. If existing nuclear plants are shut down, they are replaced primarily with fossil fuels, and emissions go up! This is negative progress for human health (air quality) and our planet (climate). We need to stop talking about how safe we are (we are the safest, but we’re not convincing anyone), and talk more about how dangerous EVERYTHING ELSE is.


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