TVA, Other Agencies To Conduct Nuclear Exercise
June 9, 2009
SPRING CITY, Tenn. – TVA and other federal, state and local agencies will conduct a regularly scheduled emergency preparedness exercise for Watts Bar Nuclear Plant on Wednesday, June 10.
The exercise will involve about 1,000 TVA and state of Tennessee employees and emergency responders in McMinn, Meigs and Rhea counties. Residents of these counties may see radiological monitoring teams or other responders in action as part of the exercise and may hear on-site and off-site sirens sound.
Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will evaluate responders on the appropriateness of their actions to ensure the health and safety of the public.
The emergency exercise is part of a long-term drill and exercise program. Utilities operating nuclear power plants are required by the NRC to conduct emergency exercises annually.
Every two years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency evaluates the readiness of state and local agencies. FEMA will conduct a public meeting to discuss response to the exercise.
The public meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 12, at the Magnuson Hotel (former Best Western), 1421 Murray's Chapel Road in Sweetwater.
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.
Myra Ireland, Chattanooga, (423) 751-7153
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000