La Salle County Nuclear Power Plant Response Plans Evaluated – Shaw Local

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Emergency response plans at La Salle Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in east-central La Salle County, were assessed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Nov. 15-16. .

To evaluate the plans, an exercise simulating a law enforcement event involving a release of radioactive material to the environment was developed by state, federal, and Constellation Energy exercise designers. A total of more than 300 people participated in the exercise, including onsite and offsite participants, monitors and evaluators, with the goal of determining the ability of response partners to effectively execute the response. emergency related to a radioactive release at the plant.

Drills are conducted every two years in accordance with federal guidelines. To assess the effectiveness of local plans, local stakeholders are not included in the exercise design. Response plans are designed to respond effectively to any type of situation that may arise.

“The purpose of the exercise is to provide federal agencies with ‘reasonable assurance’ that local responders can properly respond to and mitigate an incident at the plant,” said La Salle County Emergency Management Director Fred Moore. . “Keeping the scenario a secret from local responders really tests our plans and our knowledge.”

Participants in the exercise included the following La Salle County departments: Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Office, Highways Department, County Council Chairman and his Administrative Assistant, Information Technology, Director of 911 and Carriers, department of health and regional office of education; the cities of Ottawa, Streator, Marseilles and the village of Seneca; Illinois State partners from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois State Police, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police; private partners WCMY/WRKX radio, Bruce Harris & Associates, American Red Cross and Constellation Energy; and mutual aid partners through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, and Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Services; Grand Ridge Grade School and Ottawa Police Service.

“While we hope nothing bad happens, we need to have plans in place to keep La Salle County residents safe,” County Council Chairman Don Jensen said. “It is encouraging to see how all of our partners are able to come together and respond effectively to an incident of the size and magnitude that has been presented to us.”

FEMA has preliminary reported that La Salle County had no negative results or issues identified during this exercise. The official federal after-action report detailing strengths, weaknesses and official conclusions should be available in approximately 90 days.

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