Vermont Yankee plans emergency siren tests

05/04/09 6:06AM

Sirens in the Vermont Yankee's emergency planning zone will sound this Tuesday - Wednesday is the rain date - as part of a regular test of the emergency notification system surrounding the Vernon reactor.

The test will sound all 37 sirens in the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts towns surrounding the plant, including 16 new sirens recently added to the system.

Residents in the area are sent emergency planning materials once a year that advise them to tune to specific radio stations for further instruction when hearing the sirens.

The sirens will generally sound for three minutes sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Extra testing will be conducted in Chesterfield, N.H., to check the loudness of recently installed sirens.

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