DELTA, Pa. (Jan. 4, 2010) - Exelon Nuclear will begin a project this week to replace all 97 emergency sirens in the 10 miles around Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station with sirens that include battery back up. The first phase of the project will have contractors visit each siren location to plan for new siren installation.
The initial phase of this project will take approximately 60 days. Installation of the new sirens will begin in 2012. The new and old sirens will run concurrently for a 4-month period to ensure they operate properly. Completion of the project and removal of the existing sirens is scheduled for 2013.
"While our current sirens are tested on a weekly, monthly and yearly schedule, and they continue to work satisfactorily, the new replacement siren system is the best available technology," said Bill Maguire, Peach Bottom vice president. "The battery back-up is an upgrade that provides multiple layers of redundancy."
Residents within the 10-miles around Peach Bottom should be aware that individuals employed as Exelon contractors will be in the area to perform reconnaissance on the sirens. Contractors performing this first phase of the project will be from ANS Services and individuals performing work will be required to have a company photo ID. All residents should remember that any contractor wishing to enter a property should produce the proper company ID upon request.
This $2.2 million investment around Peach Bottom is part of Exelon Nuclear's emergency preparedness program to replace and upgrade the emergency sirens at all of the sites in the mid-Atlantic region including Limerick Generating Station, Oyster Creek Generating Station and Three Mile Island Generating Station. This project will involve a total investment of more than $9 million and the replacement of 400 sirens.
The warning sirens are one of several methods used by county emergency management authorities to provide notification of emergencies. Individual counties may activate the sirens to warn the surrounding community of events such as fires, floods, tornados, hazardous material releases, or nuclear energy plant events. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate, but to tune to the local Emergency Alert Station.