On the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 9, employees at the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant will conduct a hostile action-based practice exercise in coordination with federal, state and local emergency officials.
“We want to inform the community that this is only a drill and there is no cause for concern,” said Dennis Madison, Hatch site vice president. “Southern Nuclear’s top priority is the safety and health of its employees and the public. We work closely with our emergency response partners to ensure we are fully prepared to act quickly in the unlikely event of an emergency.”
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires nuclear power plants to conduct a hostile action-based emergency exercise at least once every eight years. The primary objective of this emergency exercise is for a nuclear power plant to demonstrate its ability to protect the public, plant operations and employees through the coordination of onsite security and emergency response with offsite federal, state and local emergency responders and agencies.
During the hostile action-based practice exercise, numerous law enforcement and emergency responders may be onsite and around the community. Emergency response vehicles may be observed entering and exiting the facility. Law enforcement may also utilize helicopters to support the response effort.
The final evaluated hostile action-based emergency exercise will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 13. If you have questions regarding this emergency exercise, you may contact 1-855-880-2058.