RICHMOND— Emergency response personnel from several Virginia agencies, local governments and Dominion Energy will hold a Biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise on July 23 with the Surry Power Station in Surry County.

The Virginia Operations Plan Exercise (VOPEX) will involve the following localities: Charles City County; City of Hampton; Isle of Wight County; James City County; New Kent County; City of Newport News; City of Poquoson; Surry County; City of Williamsburg; and York County. The Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) will participate which includes the state departments of Emergency Management, Health, State Police, Transportation, Social Services, Military Affairs, and Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The full-scale exercise will test and assess emergency operations functions, and emergency response capabilities, at the local and state level. The exercise will be evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Within 90 days, FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use in licensing decisions. The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.

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