Kansas City, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region VII, announced today the state of Missouri, along with Callaway, Montgomery, Osage, and Gasconade counties, will participate with Ameren Corporation's Callaway Nuclear Power Plant in a one-day exercise on May 11, 2011. The routine exercise will test their ability to protect the health and safety of the public living in the vicinity of the plant.
The exercise, which is a biennial requirement to determine the adequacy of the radiological emergency preparedness and response plans, will require the activation of emergency facilities for the state of Missouri as well as the above listed counties. The activities of the state, counties, and local units of government will be observed and evaluated by the FEMA Region VII Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program. The Callaway Nuclear Power Plant on-site performance will be observed and evaluated by officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
On Friday, May 13, 2011, a public meeting will be held to describe and explain the full-scale response exercise process. Because the process of evaluating the full-scale response exercise will take months, the preliminary findings will be very limited in scope.
Members of the media will have the opportunity to observe and record portions of the May 11 exercise. More information on this opportunity will be released at a later date by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend the May 13 meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. (CT) in the main auditorium of the Headquarters of the Missouri National Guard, 2302 Militia Drive, Jefferson City.
Representatives from FEMA Region VII will chair the May 13 meeting and explain the exercise process. A representative from the NRC's Region IV office, located in Arlington, Texas, will describe activities conducted on-site at the power plant during the exercise.
The primary focus of the biennial exercise is on the ability of the state of Missouri, the utility, and the participating counties, to protect the health and safety of the public living in the vicinity of the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant. The evaluated exercise provides reasonable assurance that the appropriate protective measures can be taken on-site and off-site in the event of a radiological emergency.
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