Oyster Creek to test emergency siren system Tuesday

Oyster Creek Generation Station in Forked River, N.J. (Image via Google Earth)

Oyster Creek Generation Station in Forked River, N.J. (Image via Google Earth)

Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Forked River, N.J., will conduct a semi-annual, full volume test of its emergency warning sirens, according to a power plant release.

The sirens will blare for three minutes beginning at noon Tuesday, the release said.

The purpose of the test is to notify residents to tune to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or a television station in case of an emergency.

in 2013, Exelon Generation, the plant’s operator, replaced all 42 emergency warning sirens within a 10-mile radius around the Ocean County facility with new, state-of-the-art units featuring battery back-up.

The plant, the nation’s oldest operating nuclear facility, produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, supplying 600,000 typical homes, or all in Monmouth and Ocean counties, according to Exelon Generation.

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