PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a Biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The exercise will occur during the week of Sept. 13 to assess the ability of the State of Maryland to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.
“These drills are held every other year to evaluate a government’s ability to protect public health and safety,” MaryAnn Tierney, regional administrator for FEMA Region 3, said in a prepared statement. “We will assess state and local government emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone within the State of Maryland.”
Within 90 days, FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use in licensing decisions. The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.
FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise during a public meeting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 17. The meeting will be conducted in person and in a virtual format via Zoom. Planned speakers include representatives from FEMA and the NRC.
The meeting will be held in person at:
Doubletree by Hilton Annapolis
REP Program responsibilities cover only “offsite” activities, that is, state and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.
Additional information on FEMA’s REP Program is available online.