Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Nuclear plant siren testing to happen in Brunswick County

Brunswick Nuclear Plant, off River Road in Southport, is currently under federal emergency status, which waives the plant from regulatory requirements that pertain to employee work-hours and alloted breaks. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Brunswick Nuclear Plant, off River Road in Southport, will test its sirens the second week in January. (Port City Daily/File)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Duke Energy has plans to run test sirens around its Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport.

The tests will take place Wednesday, Jan. 11, and will last anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds, scheduled sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

READ MORE: Duke Energy wants to keep Brunswick Nuclear Plant running

Thirty-eight sirens within 10 miles of the plant will sound for five to 30 seconds. Tests may be conducted more than once.

Testing is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. Should a real emergency take place at the plant, local radio and TV stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public.

Duke Energy runs 11 nuclear-powered units at six plants in both North and South Carolina. Altogether, the operations produce over 10,000 megawatts and power electricity for half of its Carolina customers.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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