DELTA - Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station will conduct its biennial emergency plan graded exercise Tuesday, March 27. The exercise is designed to gauge the ability of plant personnel and offsite emergency organizations to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an actual emergency. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will evaluate Peach Bottom's performance during the exercise
Pennsylvania municipalities and counties within the 10-mile radius of the station will also participate by staffing their Emergency Operations Centers. Other participants include the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Radiation Protection. The Federal Emergency Management Agency evaluates the performance of state, county and municipal emergency organizations during the biennial exercise.
"At Exelon, we take our emergency preparedness responsibilities very seriously," said Peach Bottom Site Vice President Tom Dougherty. "Throughout the year, we work with a dedicated team of emergency management professionals in Pennsylvania and Maryland with one goal in mind, keeping families safe in the unlikely event of an emergency."
This graded exercise is the largest of many emergency preparedness drills and training activities conducted at Peach Bottom and all Exelon Nuclear sites. The exercise will begin Tuesday afternoon and conclude that evening. Residents near Peach Bottom may see exercise activities and hear plant announcements but no sirens will be activated during the drill. All announcements will be proceeded by and concluded with: "This is a drill."
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station is located on the west bank of the Conowingo Pond (Susquehanna River) in York County, Pa. The station is home to two boiling water reactors capable of generating 2,280 megawatts combined. Both reactors began commercial operation in 1974.