TVA, Other Agencies to Conduct Nuclear Emergency Exercise
June 3, 2013
ATHENS, Ala. – The Tennessee Valley Authority and other federal, state and local agencies will conduct a graded emergency preparedness exercise for Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant on Wednesday, June 5.
About 1,000 TVA and state of Alabama employees and local emergency responders in Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties are expected to participate.
Residents may see radiological monitoring teams or other responders in action as part of the exercise. They also may hear on-site and off-site sirens, and they may notice activity at Calhoun Community College’s Fine Arts building in Decatur, Ala., where a Joint Information Center will be established.
The exercise is required annually by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for all nuclear plant operators and every two years by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for state and local agencies. A drill at Browns Ferry on May 8 was preparation for this exercise.
NRC and Homeland Security representatives will evaluate responders on the appropriateness of their actions to ensure the health and safety of the public. A public meeting to discuss the response will be held 11 a.m. CST on Friday, June 7, in the Morgan County Emergency Operations Center at the Morgan County Courthouse in Decatur.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
Mike Bradley, Knoxville, 423-751-3118
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000