North Anna Tests Emergency Sirens, Focuses on More Safety
Dominion Power tested its response to a potential disaster at the North Anna nuclear power station in Louisa County. The utility triggered a test of its emergency warning sirens at around 11:00 Wednesday morning.
Next Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Mineral that did minor damage to North Anna's reactors. As a precautionary measure, Dominion shut down both of the reactors for about three months after the quake. Both have been back online since November, as the company works to make the facility even safer.
"The plants are very safe now. We're going to take them to an even higher level of safety," said Daniel Stoddard with Dominion nuclear operations. "Then we know we are keeping our people safe, we're keeping the plant safe, and we're keeping the public safe."
North Anna is in the process of installing an all new seismic monitoring system. That's part of a series of new initiatives to help add new layers of security and safety.
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