High-tech emergency operations facility completed at US NPP

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE: FE), has completed the new emergency operations facility at its 1230 MW Perry nuclear power plant (NPP) in Ohio.

The new 12 000 ft2 (1115 m2) facility supports overall management of activities related to maintaining public health and safety during the unlikely event of an emergency at the plant.

The main features of the new state-of-the-art facility include:

  • enhanced technologies that aid in timely monitoring and collection of environmental data;
  • a secured, online database for sharing plant conditions and other event information in real time between company, local, county and state emergency responders; updated computer equipment; and
  • diverse telecommunications technology to enhance communications capabilities.

In addition, multiple power supplies are designed to ensure the facility will not be affected by a power failure.

The facility also will be used by Perry’s emergency response team during quarterly training drills and bi-annual exercises evaluated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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