Simulated Nuclear Emergency Drills Scheduled for Prairie Island

Simulated Nuclear Emergency Drills Scheduled for Prairie Island Photo: KSTP

June 04, 2018 12:04 PM

Federal officials and state and county agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin will take part in simulated emergency drills at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Tuesday and Wednesday, a release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.

The drills are meant to test the capabilities of federal, state and local agencies in the event of an incident at the plant.


The release states a variety of activities will take place in proximity to the plant on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi River.

According to the release, the following agencies will take part: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Wisconsin state agencies, Xcel Energy (the plant's operator), the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, Human Services, Military Affairs, Natural Resources and Transportation, the Minnesota State Patrol, the state's Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board, Dakota County, Goodhue County, Pierce (Wisconsin) County, the City of Red Wing, the Prairie Island Indian Community, the FEMA Region V and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other volunteer agencies.


Frank Rajkowski

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