SCE&G to conduct siren tests at Midlands nuclear plant

Power plant to conduct siren tests

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – The South Carolina Electric and Gas company will be conducting tests of its V.C. Summer Nuclear Station siren warning system Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The tests will happen at approximately 1 p.m., with the company sounding the sirens located within a 10-mile radius of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield, Newberry, Richland and Lexington Counties for less than one minute.

SCE&G wants everyone in these areas to remember these are only tests. In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at the plant, the sirens would sound with no prior notice and would alert area residents to tune into an Emergency Alert System radio or television for further instructions.

SCE&G and other companies that operate U.S. nuclear facilities maintain robust emergency preparedness plans to protect the health and safety of the public. SCE&G conducts multiple emergency response drills each year to validate its emergency response plan, which is independently evaluated every two years by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Information on siren tests, nuclear generation and emergency planning is mailed to residents within 10 miles of V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in the annual emergency preparedness calendar.

For more information, log on to, or call your local emergency management office:

• Fairfield County (803) 635-4444

• Lexington County (803) 785-8342

• Newberry County (803) 321-2135

• Richland County (803) 576-3400

• S.C. Emergency Mgt. Division (803) 737-8500

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