TVA, Other Agencies to Conduct Nuclear Exercise
August 24, 2012
SODDY DAISY, Tn. – TVA and other federal, state and local agencies will conduct a regularly scheduled emergency preparedness exercise for the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant on Tuesday, August 28.
The drill will involve about 1,000 TVA and state of Tennessee employees and emergency responders in Hamilton and Bradley counties. Residents of these counties may see radiological monitoring teams or other emergency responders in action as part of the drill and may hear on-site and off-site sirens sound. The drill will also include a Joint Information Center at the TVA offices in Chattanooga.
The emergency drill 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 Department of Homeland Security evaluates the readiness of state and local agencies. Following the graded exercise in October, the Department of Homeland Security will hold a public meeting to discuss the results.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Ray Golden, Chattanooga, 423-751-8400
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000