The Commonwealth and Dominion Energy to Test Surry Power Station Emergency Response Plans July 25

July 18, 2017  //  

RICHMOND – The Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Energy, operators of the Surry Power Station, will test emergency procedures in response to a simulated emergency at the station July 25. The exercise will assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility and will be evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“As home to two nuclear power generating facilities, Virginia must constantly remain prepared to address any issues that may occur at one of these stations,” said Dr. Jeff Stern, Virginia Department of Emergency Management State Coordinator. “As with other threats of manmade or natural disasters facing our Commonwealth, VDEM, state and federal agencies, localities and emergency responders must have strong partnerships and procedures in place to address issues that arise to protect life and property. These exercises allow all entities to test response plans, build skills, and solve challenges that would slow real-world response activities.”

The goal of these exercises is to learn and identify any areas of improvement needed by responding entities. To facilitate this process, FEMA will provide a formal report of the exercise within 90 days to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for use in licensing decisions. The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.

FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise in a public meeting at 10 a.m. July 28, 2017 at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. Planned speakers include representatives from FEMA, NRC, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

At the public meeting, FEMA may request that questions or comments be submitted in writing for review and response. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting by emailing or by mail to:

MaryAnn Tierney
Regional Administrator
615 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Additional information on FEMA’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program is available online at


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