An exercise to test emergency response plans for the area surrounding the Dresden Nuclear Power Station is scheduled for July 30.
Emergency response personnel from the state of Illinois, Grundy County, Will County, Kendall County and Exelon will participate in the exercise.
The Illinois Plan for Radiological Accidents provides a framework for the response of state and local governments in the event of an Illinois nuclear power station radiological accident or any incident involving the actual or potential release of radiation to the environment.
Maintenance of the IPRA is an ongoing and cooperative effort between federal agencies, state agencies, local governments and private organizations. The IPRA is designed to ensure that any radiological accident is quickly and accurately assessed resulting in an effective and coordinated response and recovery.
The IPRA was developed to meet the following objectives:
• Protect the citizens residing, working or visiting near nuclear power stations within Illinois and those potentially affected by an accident that involves manufacturing, handling, storage or transportation of radioactive materials, or radiation-producing machines.
• Ensure that the response and recovery activities are well organized, coordinated and expedient.
• Ensure that resources and personnel are used efficiently.
The site-specific editions of the IPRA specifically address the concept of operations for the local governments within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zones. They provide detailed procedures for the response activities of the local governments. These procedures define the implementation of the following activities: initial notification, emergency facility activation, sheltering, evacuation, traffic and access control, public notification, public information, radiological exposure control and routine public services.
The IPRA is based on federal regulations and Radiological Emergency Preparedness program planning standards as developed and evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA evaluate the units of government during the exercise. FEMA will provide its preliminary findings at a meeting on August 2 at 12 p.m. in the Grundy County Emergency Operations Center, 1320 Union St. in Morris. The public is invited to attend this meeting.