This week, state and local emergency officials joined representatives from Duke Energy in an exercise to test emergency response plans for the Harris Nuclear Plant in Wake County, NC.
The exercise will take place on Tuesday, April 25 with a focus on the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone around the Harris Nuclear plant and evaluate the command, control, communications and response functions of the state, county and utility partners. This year’s exercise has a Hostile Action Based component to it.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency require such exercises every two years to test response plans within a 10-mile radius of the plant. Once every eight years, the NRC and FEMA requires state and local officials to exercise response plans withing a 50-mile radius of the plant, including impacts to agricultural interests, food supply and plans for return home after evacuation.
The public and media are invited to attend an exercise outcome meeting to be held by the FEMA evaluators on April 27, 2023, at 11 a.m. The meeting will be held at:
Harris Energy & Environmental Center
3932 New Hill-Holleman Rd
New Hill, NC 27562