FORKED RIVER, NJ - Exelon Generation is investing $2 million to upgrade all 42 emergency sirens in the 10-mile radius around Oyster Creek Generating Station. New sirens with battery back-up technology will be installed next to the existing sirens by early June. The Oyster Creek upgrade is part of an $11 million project that began in 2010 and involves replacing all 400 sirens surrounding Exelon's Mid-Atlantic nuclear facilities, including Limerick Generating Station, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, and Three Mile Island Generating Station.
"These sirens are an important part of our emergency plan," said Garey Stathes, Oyster Creek Site Vice President. "While we are confident in our current siren system, the replacement system provides additional features such as battery backup and the best available technology."
The warning sirens are one of several methods used by county emergency management authorities to warn residents of fires, floods or weather-related emergencies. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate, but to tune to the local Emergency Alert Station. The project is being completed by ANS Services. Contractors working on the project are required to display a company photo ID. The existing sirens will not be removed until the Federal Emergency Management Agency certifies the new units.
Oyster Creek is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes, the equivalent to all homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined. In addition, plant workers, through their payrolls, are responsible for more $96 million injected directly into New Jersey's economy.