TVA to conduct Sept. 4 Watts Bar nuclear drill

September 3, 2013

SPRING City, Tenn. – TVA and other federal, state and local agencies will conduct a regularly scheduled emergency preparedness drill for Watts Bar Nuclear Plant on Wednesday, Sept. 4.  

The drill will involve about 1,000 TVA and state of Tennessee employees and emergency responders in McMinn, Meigs and Rhea counties. Residents of these counties may see radiological monitoring teams or other emergency responders in action as part of the drill and may hear on-site and off-site sirens. The drill will also include a Joint Information Center at the TVA offices in Chattanooga.

The drill is part of a long-term drill and exercise program. Utilities operating nuclear power plants are required by the NRC to conduct emergency exercises annually. 

Every two years, the Department of Homeland Security evaluates the readiness of state and local agencies. Following the graded exercise in October, DHS and the NRC will conduct a public meeting to discuss the results. 

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.