Peach Bottom emergency warning system test planned June 1

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A full-volume test of the emergency warning system surrounding Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The test is one of two that Constellation Energy runs on the system during the course of a year. The other test is done in December.

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The Peach Bottom emergency warning siren system consists of 97 sirens in a 10-mile radius around the power plant along the Susquehanna River in Peach Bottom Township. The sirens are not intended to signal an evacuation but are a warning to tune to a local Emergency Alert Broadcast television or radio station.

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

County emergency management authorities activate the sirens, which can be used in the event of any emergency, including severe weather.

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station operates two boiling water reactors and is capable of powering more than 2.25 million homes and businesses. The reactors began providing power commercially in 1974.

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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