Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Emergency Exercise to Involve Federal, State, Local Agencies

Nov 2, 2015

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — Emergency responders from federal, state and local agencies will join Tennessee Valley Authority personnel in an emergency preparedness exercise involving the Watts Bar nuclear plant on Wednesday, November 18.

The graded exercise is part of an ongoing series of training drills and exercises required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure an effective and coordinated response to protect the safety of the public in the unlikely event of an emergency at Watts Bar.

The graded exercise will involve nearly 1,000 personnel working in multiple locations, including near the plant. Residents may see increased vehicle traffic and may hear on-site and off-site sirens briefly activated.

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 at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, November 20, at the Comfort Inn at 2811 Decatur Pike, Athens, Tennessee.

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