According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a full-scale response exercise for the Cooper Nuclear Station in Southeast Nebraska will be held on July 31st. On August 3rd, a public meeting will be held at the Nebraska Public Power District’s Emergency Operations Facility Auditorium at 902 Central Avenue in Auburn, Nebraska hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
During the meeting, which will begin at 10am, participants will discuss the exercise process that will involve federal, state and local public safety organizations and the facility itself. The outcome of the exercise will not be discussed as results will not yet be finalized.
The exercise will require the activation of emergency facilities in Nebraska and Missouri over two days. The participants will be observed and evaluated by the FEMA Region VII Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, while the NRC will monitor Cooper Nuclear’s on-site performance.
The exercise is a biennial requirement to determine the adequacy of radiological emergency preparedness and response plans, to test the ability of both states and other participants to protect public health and safety.