Three Mile Island has new warning siren system

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Oct 3, 2012 4:02 AM

Three Mile Island (Middletown) -- A new state-of-the-art siren system is now in place at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County.

Plant operator, Exelon Generation, says it's part of a $13 million investment to upgrade siren systems around its nuclear stations.

At TMI, some 96 sirens with improved sound coverage and battery back-up capability have been installed.

Exelon says the sirens will be tested in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements.

That means tomorrow and on October 18th, a full-three minute test will be held each of those days, starting at 12:30 p.m. Then on November 4th, six seperate tests, lasting three minutes each, will be held, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

"Protecting the health and safety of the public is our top priority and emergency planning is a key part of that effort," said Rick Libra, Three Mile Island Generating Station Site Vice President. "The siren system upgrade strengthens the ability to alert the public in the unlikely event of plant or local weather related emergencies."

The company says a postcard announcing the test schedule has been
mailed to all residents who reside within the TMI Emergency Planning Zone.

The test is being conducted in cooperation with Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

The purpose of the sirens is to notify people to tune to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station in case of an emergency.

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