August 27, 2010
Nuclear Security Personnel to Train at Quarry Near City of Byron
Area Law Enforcement Aware; No Public Safety Impact
BYRON, Ill. – Security personnel will train in the quarry east of the Stone Quarry Recreation Park in preparation for an upcoming Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) security evaluation at Exelon Nuclear’s Byron Generating Station. The training will take place during the day from Sunday, Aug. 29 through Friday, Sept. 3. The purpose of this graded evaluation is to validate the effectiveness of the station’s security plan.
The Byron Forest Preserve District has offered the use of the quarry located behind the recreation park on German Church Road. Neighbors living near the quarry may see activity or hear noise from this location on these days.
Security personnel, dressed in military style clothing, will train using Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) weapons, which operate similar to a high-tech laser tag system. The MILES equipment looks and sounds like real weapons, but they do NOT fire any projectiles.
The training location is situated away from the other facilities at Stone Quarry and will be roped off for access, as the public will not be allowed near the area.
If you have any questions about this information, please call Paul Dempsey, Byron Station Communications Manager at 815-406-3554.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with more than $17 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 486,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.