Duke Energy, county officials to test sirens around Robinson Nuclear Plant
The outdoor warning sirens around the Robinson Nuclear Plant will be tested Wednesday, January 10, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The 59 sirens within 10 miles of the Robinson Nuclear Plant will sound at least once during the test and may sound more than once.
Residents will hear an audible tone lasting for approximately 30 seconds. No public action is required. This test is performed quarterly, in cooperation with emergency officials in Chesterfield, Darlington and Lee counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens. Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate.
In an emergency, sirens are sounded as a signal for residents to tune to a local radio or TV station that would carry an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message. County officials use these stations to provide information to the public. If sirens are heard and residents are unsure if it is a test or an emergency, they should tune to their local radio or TV station.
The EAS will not be activated during the siren tests. For more information about the outdoor warning sirens, residents can refer to information available on https://www.duke-energy.com/safety-and-preparedness/nuclear-safety/nuclear-power-plants.
The Robinson Nuclear Plant produces approximately 724 megawatts of electricity and is located about five miles from Hartsville. Duke Energy Progress owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas, renewables and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,900 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.5 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its Electric Utilities and Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest.
The company’s Gas Utilities and Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its Commercial Renewables business unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.
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