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San Onofre Nuclear Plant To Test Siren System

The annual siren test for the recently retired San Onofre nuclear plant will take place Oct. 16.

The nuclear plant’s Community Alert Siren System will involve the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, as well as other areas of southern Orange County, nearby state parks and the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The siren test remains a regulatory requirement even though the plant is retired.

“Protecting the health and safety of workers and the public remains our most important responsibility,” said Pete Dietrich, Southern California Edison (SCE) senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. In a real emergency, the siren system would alert residents to turn on their radio or TV for emergency response information from public officials.

Fifty sirens will sound several times in the communities around the San Onofre nuclear plant from 10 a.m. to noon and will last about three minutes each time. The sirens sound a continuous, steady tone, making them noticeably different from those used by fire and police departments.

Flyers explaining the test have been distributed to residents, businesses and schools in the area. Before and during the siren test, broadcasts on Orange County’s primary Emergency Alert System radio station, KWVE 107.9, will inform the public of the test.

The sirens are activated by Orange County, the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, state parks officials and Camp Pendleton. The sirens also could be used by local government officials to inform residents of a non-nuclear emergency.

SCE announced June 7 that it would retire San Onofre Units 2 and 3, and begin the process to decommission the facility.

More information about San Onofre is available at www.songscommunity.com San Onofre is jointly owned by SCE (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the city of Riverside (1.79 percent).

About Southern California Edison

An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

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