Palo Verde nuclear facility prepared for worst-case scenario

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by Steve Ryan

azfamily.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 6:40 PM

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- The Palo Verde Nuclear facility in Buckeye is prepared as best as possible to handle a worst-case scenario.

That's the word from local, state, and federal officials, who met Wednesday at the nation's largest energy provider. 

They briefed each other about the best ways to coordinate and protect you during a variety of emergencies, including radioactive leaks, security breaches, and medical issues.

It starts with a network of almost 50 warning sirens. 

"That simply lets the population know they need to turn on their radios and televisions. That's so they can receive an emergency alert system message, which we'll send from the emergency operations center," said emergency planner John Padilla.  

From there, the governor will implement a protective action decision, which could include evacuations.

Palo Verde hasn't had any major incidents, and has a good safety rating from the federal government.

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