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VDEM Press Release

10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2014

CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
(804)  897-9730 or (804) 674-2400
dawn.eischen@vdem.virginia.gov

Rick Zuercher (Dominion Virginia Power)
804-273-3825
Rick.Zuercher@dom.com

North Anna Power Station Exercise Tests Security Procedures

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Virginia Power and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will conduct a full-scale exercise July 8 at the North Anna Power Station to test preparedness and response procedures involving plant security. The annual exercise will involve Dominion Virginia Power personnel and nearly two dozen local, state and federal agencies.

In response to the heightened security environment since Sept. 11, 2001, the nuclear industry along with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission developed guidelines that address the challenges of security events that could potentially occur at U.S. nuclear power stations. The exercise will test the ability of the station and state and local governments to respond to a security event at the station.

Other participating organizations include the Louisa County Sheriff, Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Federal Bureau of Investigation, local fire and rescue squads, and other Louisa County emergency responders.

Participating agencies will role-play their emergency response functions from state and local government emergency operations centers and the power station.

Residents may see emergency response teams and their vehicles participating in the exercise on the roads near the North Anna Power Station, as well as additional traffic on routes 208, 652 (Kentucky Sprints Road) and 700.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will monitor the drill’s progress and conduct an in-depth analysis of the results, outlining any areas that may need improvement. FEMA will review the success of the exercise at a public meeting July 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Richmond Marriott West, 4240 Dominion Blvd., Glen Allen 23060.

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