Duke Energy & County Officials To Test Sirens For Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Duke Energy & County Officials To Test Sirens For Brunswick Nuclear Plant

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 29 December 2020 04:42

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - On January 13th, if you hear extremely loud sirens in the mid morning hours, it's likely not a warning that the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant is melting down. They will be conducting a test of sirens surrounding the plant.
The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requires regular testing of siren alert systems within a ten-mile radius of such power plants. The sirens are in place to alert residents of incidents that require immediate evacuation from the area to avoid exposure to radiation.
According to Duke Energy, "The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13. The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will sound for five to 30 seconds. To ensure they are functioning properly, it may be necessary to test some sirens more than once. Testing is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens."
According to Duke Energy, this information is reflected in the 2021 Brunswick Nuclear Emergency Preparedness booklets sent to residents living within the 10-mile Brunswick Nuclear Plant emergency planning zone. Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public. For more information about the outdoor warning sirens, residents can refer to information available at duke-energy.com/NuclearEP.
Duke Energy Progress
Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns nuclear, coal, natural gas, renewables and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,700 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.6 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.
Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

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