Travelers on U.S. Highway 1 between Baxley and Vidalia Wednesday afternoon, November 14, saw a lot of unusual activity near the Hatch Nuclear Plant. The normally quiet road was blocked by local law enforcement north and south of the Altamaha River while emergency vehicles responded to a simulated hostile action exercise at the plant. Temporary command posts were set up to direct actions outside the plant while security personnel and other employees dealt with the mock threat inside the plant.
“Plant Hatch in partnership with local, state and federal emergency responders, conducted a simulated hostile-action based emergency drill Wednesday afternoon.” said Dennis Madison, site vice president for Plant Hatch. “Plant staff engaged throughout the scenario followed established procedures to ensure nuclear safety.”
Hundreds of responders from surrounding counties, state and federal agencies joined the plant in demonstrating their ability to respond to the fictitious attack which took place over about four hours. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency regulators observed the exercise which was part of a required biennial demonstration.
“This drill reaffirms our readiness to protect the safety of our plant and community should any hostile action ever threaten Plant Hatch,” added Madison.