OAKLAND, Calif.-- 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.
FEMA encourages members of the public and the media to attend this meeting at the PVNGS Energy Education Center at 600 North Airport Road, Building 200, Buckeye, Ariz. Representatives from FEMA will chair the meeting and present the preliminary findings.
The public meeting takes place one day after the three-day exercise concludes. Exercise participants include the state of Arizona; the counties of Maricopa, La Paz, Pinal, Yavapai, Yuma; the Arlington Unified School District; and the tribal nations of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Gila River Indian Reservation and the Tohono O'odham Nation.
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.
The NRC is the federal agency responsible for evaluating on-site emergency plans and exercises for nuclear power plants. FEMA is responsible for evaluating off-site plans and exercises for states and counties through its Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.