July 1, 2014

SCE&G to test alarms at VC Summer nuclear plant Tuesday

Nuclear plant north of Columbia will sound alarms just after lunch to test emergency warning system.

Residents around V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County will hear siren warnings around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The nuclear station is testing its warning system, operator S.C. Electric & Gas said.

The Cayce-based utility will sound the sirens within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear plant near Jankinsville as part of its regular testing program, the utility said in a release. SCE&G once a year sounds all sirens surrounding the plant for three minutes. Each quarter, the utility sounds the alarms for less than a minute.

In the event of an actual emergency, the utility would sound the sirens with no prior notice and would send out alerts over the Emergency Alert System.

For more information, log on to, or call a local emergency management office:

• Fairfield County: (803) 635-4444
• Lexington County: (803) 785-8342
• Newberry County: (803) 321-2135
• Richland County: (803) 576-3400
• S.C. Emergency Mgt. Division: (803) 737-8500

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