The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX today announced that a public meeting will be held March 4 to present preliminary evaluation findings on the performance of a full-scale exercise at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) in Wintersburg, Ariz. The meeting begins promptly at 1p.m.
This exercise allows federal teams to examine the ability of the participating county, state and utility officials to protect the health and safety of the public living near PVNGS in the event of a radiological release. FEMA will observe and evaluate governmental responses. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will observe and evaluate the on-site performance of PVNGS.
The exercise will require activation of emergency operations in the counties of Maricopa, La Paz, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma; the Arlington Unified School District and the state of Arizona.
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