BYRON, Ill. - Exelon Generation mailed more than 21,000 public information emergency planning brochures to residents and businesses within 10 miles of Byron Generating Station.
The brochure contains information about general emergency preparedness, including reception center locations, evacuation routes, a map, and a list of emergency alert broadcast stations. The brochure includes a special needs card to be completed and returned by people who may have a special transportation or other need.
Federal law requires nuclear operating companies to develop emergency response plans for their nuclear energy facilities and to ensure evacuation plans are in place in the highly unlikely event of an emergency. State and county agencies often use the plans for non-nuclear related emergencies such as extreme weather events or fires.
Exelon's nuclear facilities are robust. They have multiple physical barriers and layers of backup safety systems to ensure safe operations, even in extreme events such as floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Exelon Generation has dedicated teams of emergency planning experts at each of its nuclear facilities who work with state, county and local emergency management officials in the development, maintenance, training and testing of emergency response plans.
Residents should read and keep the brochure for future reference. Anyone within the 10-mile radius of the three facilities who did not receive a brochure in the mail may download a copy at www.exeloncorp.com/byron