Demonstration and technical briefing in preparation for full scale nuclear emergency exercise
Fredericton, N.B. – As part of Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station’s licensing requirements; a full scale nuclear emergency exercise is required every three years. In preparation for this exercise on Oct. 3 and 4, NB Power and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission held a technical briefing and demonstration of emergency mitigating equipment for media at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) today.
Over the last few years, PLNGS has enhanced and heightened emergency preparedness and response capabilities with initiatives like new emergency mitigation equipment, new facility construction and extensive training for emergency responders on site. New capabilities and assets like debris removal vehicles, radiation monitoring stations, fire trucks and portable generators would help respond in an unlikely event on site.
Synergy Challenge will be exercised under strictly controlled conditions to actively test emergency preparedness, response and recovery capabilities. More than 35 agencies, like the Canadian Red Cross, various government departments, and first responders will participate in order to test collaborative effectiveness. This will be the first time a Canadian nuclear power plant has entered the recovery phase of an exercise focused on the final stage of emergency management.
During the exercise, motorists can expect increased vehicle traffic on Route 790 north of Point Lepreau, Route 175 in the Pennfield Ridge area, they may see emergency response vehicles and hear radio communications simulating an emergency at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station. On October 4th and 5th, residents may also see helicopters flying over the Point Lepreau area as NB Power and Natural Resources Canada will be conducting aerial surveys for Synergy Challenge.
About the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station
The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is a 660 megawatt (net) nuclear generating station and a low carbon, base load contributor to the New Brunswick electrical grid. It produces enough non-emitting electricity to power more than 333,000 homes per year and is a foundational piece of both our domestic energy supply and our export sales.