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Township Pleased By Its ‘Disaster’ Response

SANATOGA PA – It may be some time yet before federal and state authorities issue their formal report on the performance of first-responders during a recent, biennial mock emergency exercise at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station, but the man overseeing Lower Pottsgrove’s involvement thinks those participating from the township fared pretty well.

“I commend our own staff. They did a professional job,” township Commissioner Ray Lopez, who also wears the hat of township emergency management coordinator, says.

Emergency personnel from across western Montgomery County, as well as appointees from municipalities and educational institutions – Pottsgrove school representatives joined in too – were part of a Nov. 17 (2015) simulated ‘disaster’ response at the twin nuclear power generators at 3146 Sanatoga Rd., owned by Exelon Corp.

The hours-long, worst-that-might-happen scenario at the complex that straddles the Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick townships line occurs every two years. It is monitored in part by observers from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Their official report on what are formally known as Limerick’s “Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program Exercises,” is awaited for local reading. “We won’t know the outcome” until that’s published, Lopez recently told his Board of Commissioners’ colleagues.

Fellow Commissioner and former West Pottsgrove police chief Earl Swavely, who observed the process, agreed it “ran so smoothly, and exceptionally well. We’re in good hands,” he added, and thanked Lopez, Police Chief Michael Foltz, and the township staff. “They made us look good,” Swavely said.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 19 meeting):

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