Top Performance From Nuclear Plant Sirens
January 15, 2019
The results are in for the FENOC fleet’s emergency siren testing conducted in 2018. Perry achieved 100- percent success, and for the first time, Davis-Besse also hit the century mark. Beaver Valley showed a 99.92-percent success rate. The NRC first began collecting this data in 1998.
Audible tests of emergency sirens are conducted on a regular basis. Siren functionality is monitored daily.
A 10-mile radius around each plant is its Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). Beaver Valley supports 118 sirens in its EPZ, Perry has 76 and Davis-Besse 54. The plants installed the sirens and provide regular maintenance, but local governments also use them for severe weather and other public notification purposes.
“The positive test results validate a good preventive maintenance and testing program and reflects our fleet’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of the public,” said Davis-Besse Emergency Response Manager Jim Vetter.