November 12 -- On the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 employees at the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga. will conduct a mock hostile action-based exercise in coordination with federal, state and local emergency officials.
“We want to notify the community that this is only a drill and there is no cause for concern,” said Dennis Madison, site vice president for Plant Hatch. “Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear’s top priority is the safety and health of its employees and the public. We work closely with our local and state emergency response partners to ensure we are all fully prepared to act quickly in the unlikely event of an emergency.”
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires nuclear power plants to conduct a hostile action- based emergency exercise at least once every eight years. The primary objective is for the nuclear power plant to demonstrate its ability to protect employees, plant operations and the public through the coordination of onsite security with offsite federal, state and local emergency responders and agencies.
Several hundred federal, state and local officials will participate in this fictitious hostile action-based scenario. During the exercise, numerous law enforcement and emergency responders will be onsite and emergency response vehicles may be observed entering and exiting the facility. Law enforcement may also use helicopters and other large equipment to support the response effort. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency regulators will be on hand to evaluate the demonstration.