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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Perry Nuclear Power Plant always prepared

Staff Writer Michael C. Butz wrote a story for Sunday's News-Herald about how the Perry Nuclear Power Plant has prepared for natural disasters - namely earthquakes. Perry Operations Manager Jeff Tufts and Donna Haviland, senior civil/structural engineer at the plant, explained that the plant has done plenty to prepare for the worst.

Butz's story noted that a 5.0-magnitude earthquake centered in Leroy Township occurred on Jan. 31, 1986, before the plant was online. Haviland said none of the plant systems were damaged.

Less than three months later, workers at the plant conducted a disaster drill to practice reaction to an event that would cause a disastrous amount of radiation to be released - even though the plant was not yet operational. Click the image below to read more about the drill from Staff Writer Bill Sammon:

In 1990, plant workers conducted another disaster drill - this one involving an earthquake. Click the image below to read more from Staff Writer Scott Suttell:

These clippings are just two examples of steps the power plant has taken to ensure safety of its workers and the community. Click here to read Butz's Sunday story to learn more about the plant's preparation for earthquakes.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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