SCE&G's V.C. Summer Nuclear Station to upgrade Emergency Alert System sirens
Shelley Cadena

Jenkinsville, S.C., Aug. 10 - As part of its ongoing efforts to maintain excellent communication systems throughout the local community, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. will begin upgrading its siren system surrounding its V.C. Summer Nuclear Station this week. Installation and testing of the new sirens during this initial phase will continue through the end of October.

During the installation process, sirens that have been upgraded each day will be tested between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Each siren test will last one minute. Work crews will be on hand during the siren testing.

Normally, all of the sirens are sounded on the first Tuesday of each month for one minute as part of the plant's regular testing program. These tests will continue while the siren system is being upgraded.

There are 106 sirens located in a 10-mile radius of the plant. The upgrading activity marks the initial phase of a three-year project, which will conclude in 2006. SCE&G will notify area residents prior to beginning each phase of the project.

Area residents are reminded that the one-minute sounding of sirens during this time period is only a test. In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at the plant, the sirens would sound for three minutes and would alert area residents to tune to an Emergency Alert System radio or television station for further instructions.

SCE&G is the largest subsidiary of SCANA Corp., an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations, telecommunications and other energy-related businesses.