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BUCHANAN — Indian Point will test its sirens throughout the Lower Hudson Valley this evening.
The siren system for the Buchanan nuclear power plant will be tested at approximately 6 p.m. in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties.
Sirens will sound at full volume for about four minutes as part of a regular, quarterly test of the system, said Entergy, Indian Point’s owner.
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If an emergency were to occur at the nuclear power plant, the sirens would be followed by an activation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on radio and television stations to broadcast important information and instructions.
The sirens are not a signal to evacuate but are intended to alert the public to tune into an EAS radio or TV station for important information, said Entergy.
The public is not required to respond to today’s siren sounding.
Indian Point’s Unit 2 reactor shut down for good in April, leaving only Unit 3 operating. Unit 3 will shut off permanently around the same time in 2021, when the power plant closes.
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