First response teams will hold an emergency drill at the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman on Tuesday.
The plant conducts these drills every two years, but for the first time the exercise will include a “hostile action” component. In the past, drills have focused on responding to plant failures caused by malfunctions or weather.
In this drill, employees and emergency personnel will practice responding to a physical attack on the plant.
“We’ve long practiced our ability to protect the public from radiation releases caused by equipment failures, but in today’s world there are additional threats that we must be prepared for,” said Crissy Hutchinson, director of nuclear site services. “The addition of an attack on the plant does complicate our response. This exercise and the other drills we have held are great opportunities to practice and improve our ability to protect the public under any and all possible circumstances.”
Throughout the day, there will be a large amount of law enforcement personnel and vehicles near the plant and in the Bridgman area.
A public meeting will be held on Friday at 10 am in the Bridgman 911 center to discuss the findings of the exercise.