Peach Bottom to test warning sirens next week

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

Exelon Generation will be testing its emergency warning siren system on Wednesday, June 5 — one of two semiannual tests scheduled for June and December, according to a news release.

About 1 p.m. Wednesday, there will be a full-volume test of 97 sirens within a 10-mile radius of Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, located on the west bank of the Conowingo Pond in York County, the release states.

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The station's two nuclear reactors began operating commercially in 1974 and now power more than 2.7 million homes and businesses. 

Exelon's sirens — activated by county emergency management authorities — warn residents to tune in to a local radio or TV emergency alert broadcast station and are not a signal to evacuate, the release states.

The sirens can be used in any emergency, including severe weather.