FirstEnergy breaks ground on nuclear emergency operations center

Akron, Ohio, August 30, 2011 FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., broke ground for a new emergency operations facility in Lindsey, Ohio, for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.

The new 12,000 square-foot facility will allow for improved coordination between the plant and state and local emergency management agencies during the event of an emergency at the plant. Personnel will monitor environmental conditions and communicate with state and local emergency representatives.

The facility also will be used during quarterly training drills and bi-annual emergency exercises evaluated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Construction of the new building is slated for completion in February 2012. Until then, the current Emergency Operation Facility located at the Davis-Besse station and a smaller, alternate back-up location at FirstEnergy's Lindsey Service Center will be available for operation.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its FENOC subsidiary also operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., and the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio.

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