Three Mile Island reschedules siren tests

Written by witf | Oct 31, 2012 10:31 AM
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Exelon Generation has rescheduled the Nov. 1 Three Mile Island emergency warning siren tests to Thursday, Nov. 15. The tests are being rescheduled due to the severe weather that has occurred this week.

The Nov. 15 siren tests will include up to six separate soundings beginning at 8 a.m. Each test will last for three minutes.

Exelon Generation has completed the installation of a new state-of-the-art siren system around Three Mile Island, part of a $13 million investment to upgrade sirens around all of the company’s nuclear stations.

The new system includes 96 sirens with improved sound coverage and battery back-up capability. This ensures the sirens will be able to operate and provide notification if electrical service is interrupted.

The system is now undergoing extensive testing in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements for new siren systems.

The sirens are part of TMI’s extensive emergency response system that includes detailed emergency plans; dedicated off-site facilities; training and public information materials, all designed to protect public health and safety. A postcard announcing the test schedule was mailed to all residents who reside within the TMI Emergency Planning Zone.

Exelon is conducting the test 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 residents to tune to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station in case of an emergency.

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