South Texas Project plans for 2011 hurricane season

By adriana_acosta

May 25, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.

BAY CITY - When Hurricane Ike was headed straight to Matagorda County, South Texas Project activated its Severe Weather Plan.

The severe weather plan outlines specific procedures that are implemented in the event a severe weather scenario could impact our site, said Buddy Eller, director of communication for South Texas Project.

The comprehensive and integrated emergency response plan is closely coordinated with local, county, state and federal officials including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Even though the Category 2 hurricane made landfall in the Galveston area, the nuclear power plant staff was prepared.

"In the unlikely event we would need to evacuate residents, county or state, we would manage offsite response activities," Eller aid.

This includes moving all business operations offsite to a specified location, he said.

When Hurricane Ike was threatening the area, the Business Continuation Plan team was moved to Austin, he said.

"We continue to run all functions of our business, providing updated information to employees, county and state officials," he added.

Eller said a trained storm crew of 300 employees are trained and tested to manage any potential situation at the facility.

"These individuals stay behind at the site," he said.



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