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SCE&G to Conduct Quarterly Testing of Emergency Sirens for V.C. Summer

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2018) – SCE&G will conduct a quarterly testing of its V.C. Summer Nuclear Station siren warning system at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

During the test, 109 Early Warning Siren System (EWSS) sirens that are within a 10-mile radius of V.C. Summer will sound for less than one minute. As part of its regular testing program, SCE&G sounds its sirens in Fairfield, Newberry, Richland and Lexington counties each year for three minutes and each quarter for less than a minute.

Area residents are reminded that the sounding of sirens during this time period is only a test. In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at the plant, the sirens would sound with no prior notice and would alert area residents to tune to an Emergency Alert System radio or television station for further instructions.

SCE&G and other companies that operate U.S. nuclear facilities maintain robust emergency preparedness plans to protect the health and safety of the public. SCE&G conducts multiple emergency response drills each year to validate its emergency response plan, which is independently evaluated every two years by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Information about siren tests, nuclear generation and emergency planning is mailed to residents within 10 miles of V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in the annual emergency preparedness calendar.

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About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 727,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 373,000 customers throughout the state.