Officials confirm no threat after power plant warning airs on WAVY 10

WAVY — An alert announcing an emergency at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant mistakenly ran on WAVY TV 10 around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. It followed an earlier, correct alert notifying viewers of an 11:10 a.m. siren test around the plant.

Bonita Harris with Dominion Virginia Power confirms there is no threat and they are looking into why the second alert announcing a warning aired. Sound from what appears to be a radio broadcast was also played while the second alert aired.

She provided the following statement:

“The state is conducting an investigation into the erroneous EAS message that was broadcasted to the region.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is looking into problems encountered to identify and correct the issues. Dominion owns and maintains the 71 sirens around Surry Power Station. The siren portion of the test was successful. All 71 sirens sounded as designed. Dominion will provide any support necessary to assist the state in its investigation.”

According to the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Facebook page, this was just a test and residents are asked to disregard the sirens.

A Virginia Department of Emergency Management news release issued June 3 said a steady three-minute tone would be heard from 71 sirens in Williamsburg, Newport News and the counties of Surry, James City, York and Isle of Wight. The sirens are located within a 10-mile radius of the plant. Siren tests for the Surry Power Station take place quarterly on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September and December.

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