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Township Ready For Tuesday’s Limerick ‘Disaster’

LIMERICK PA – A bi-annual exercise for which area first responders have prepared for months, the mock emergency drill inside Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station at 3146 Sanatoga Rd., is only a week away. Lower Pottsgrove commissioner Ray Lopez, still wearing his hat as township Emergency Management Coordinator, thinks local fire, ambulance and other emergency personnel are ready.

“We’ve put in a considerable amount of time training” for the Nov. 17 (2015; Tuesday) Limerick ‘disaster’, Lopez told his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners during their Thursday night (Nov. 5) meeting. “I think we’re up to it.”

Area residents next week are likely to see more than their share of fire trucks, Exelon vehicles, police patrols and other necessary equipment in the area surrounding the generating facility.

Lopez was among those in attendance Nov. 4 (Wednesday) for what he called a county-level “final prep meeting” on the drill. Although he was recently appointed to the Board of Commissioners, he continues to act in his township emergency management role until a successor, if any, is named.

The hours-long disaster scenario at the twin-reactor complex that straddles the Lower Pottsgrove-Limerick township line occurs every two years. It is monitored in part by observers from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Lopez, and measures actions and reactions of responders. It ends with a report on what worked well or didn’t.

Preliminary findings on the assessment are likely to be issued several days later.

The Limerick drill is one of several scheduled during November by the regulatory commission. Others were planned this month for Decatur AL, Clinton IL, and Spring City TX.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 5 meeting):

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