Surry Power Station to Host Open House on Annual Safety Review

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Surry Power Station (Photo courtesy Dominion Virginia Power)
Surry Power Station (Photo Courtesy Dominion Virginia Power)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have completed their evaluation of the Surry nuclear power plant and are ready to unveil their findings to the public.

Evaluators found the power plant to have operated safely in 2014, according to a news release announcing the open house.

“NRC inspectors continually evaluate each nuclear plant’s safety, and each year we take a detailed look at that information to identify any trends and help plan future inspections,” said NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree.

McCree and other NRC staff will be at the open house Tuesday to go into specifics on the safety of the plant and answer questions from citizens.

The power station, located on Hog Island Road in Surry, sits directly across the James River from Historic Jamestown.

The City of Williamsburg and parts of James City and York counties are located within the 10-mile radius of the station, making them susceptible to any disastrous incidents that could occur.

Each locality has an evacuation plan in place in the event of a disaster related to the power station, and emergency officials are required to simulate events there every two years.

The last exercise occurred in February, when law enforcement from the three localities as well as the Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the FBI, the U.S. Coast Guard and local fire and rescue squads were tested on their ability to respond to an emergency.

The open house will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the General District courtroom of the Surry Government Center at 45 School St.

For more information, contact Senior Public Affairs Officer Roger Hannah at 404-997-4417.

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