Plant Vogtle to conduct emergency drill Wednesday

Plant Vogtle to conduct emergency drill Wednesday

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Plant Vogtle will conduct a hostile action-based practice exercise Wednesday afternoon in coordination with federal, state and local emergency officials.

"We want to inform the community that this is only a drill and there is no cause for concern," said Tom Tynan, Plant Vogtle site vice president. "Our top priority is the safety and health of our employees and the public."

Fire trucks, ambulances and law enforcement rolling to the plant with lights and sirens as part of the exercise. Law enforcement may also use helicopters. The drill will start around 4 p.m. and will last into the early evening.

"We work closely with state and local emergency response partners to ensure we are fully prepared to act quickly in the unlikely event of a nuclear or hostile incident at our site," Tynan said.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requires nuclear power plants to conduct a hostile action-based emergency exercise at least once every eight years. The objective of this emergency exercise is for a nuclear power plant to demonstrate its ability to protect employees, plant operations and the public through the coordination of on-site security and emergency response with off-site federal, state and local emergency responders and agencies.

Wednesday's drill is a practice run for another hostile action-based emergency exercise on May 21 that will be evaluated by the NRC.

Automated information about Plant Vogtle, including the exercises, is available for the public 24 hours a day at 888-847-1186.

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