Nuclear power operating company breaks ground on emergency center

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. (FENOC), a unit of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), broke ground on an  Emergency Operations Center in Painesville, Ohio, for the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. 

The 12,000 square-foot facility will house activities related to maintaining public health and safety during an emergency at the plant. Personnel will use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor environmental conditions and communicate with state and local emergency representatives. The center 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 is expected to be completed in January 2012.  Until then, the current Emergency Operation Center located at the Perry Plant will remain operational.

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