Media Advisory: Harris Nuclear Plant Exercise

Media Advisory:  Harris Nuclear Plant Exercise


WHERE:                    State Emergency Operations Center, Raleigh

                                    Wake County Emergency Operations Center, Raleigh

                                    Chatham County Emergency Operations Center, Pittsboro

                                    Harnett County Emergency Operations Center, Lillington

                                    Lee County Emergency Operations Center, Sanford

                                    Duke Energy Harris Nuclear Plant Emergency Operations Facility,


WHEN:                      April 30 – May 1



State and local emergency management officials next week will join representatives from Duke Energy in an exercise of the emergency response plans for the Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill. The federally-graded exercise is conducted every two years to test emergency procedures at the plant and in the county and state government agencies as required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

At no time during the emergency exercise will the public be asked to participate or take any action as part of the simulation. 

Tests of the sirens in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone around the plant WILL NOT be sounded during the exercise. In a real emergency, the sounding of the sirens would be a signal that residents should tune to the Emergency Alert System on radio and television for further information.

A public critique of the exercise will be held Thursday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at the Harris Energy and Environmental Center on New Hill-Holleman Road, New Hill, N.C. The public and media are invited to attend.



Contact: Julia Jarema
Phone: 919-825-2270

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