Toombs County officials stay sharp in dealing with nuclear plant
TOOMBS COUNTY, Ga. -- The Toombs County Emergency Management Agency not only has to prepare for tornadoes and hurricanes, but nuclear disasters as well.
Plant Hatch. in Toombs Co. is one of two nuclear power plants Georgia. It features water vapor, non-radioactive. The equipment costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Toombs County EMA Director Lynn Moore says he and other county workers have been trained how to use it in case any radiation ever leaked out of the plant.
They do drills every other year in Toombs County to help them stay prepared in case of a release of toxic radiation.
"If you have an airborne release and it comes out over the plant fence, then its going to drop down on cars and trucks and everything in the area," Moore said. "Then this equipment here gives us the ability to go out in the field and literally monitor cars, trucks and anything in the area where the plume may have fallen down."
Georgia Power spokesperson Adrienne Tickle tells me the plant is heavily regulated by the government. She says they do drills at the plant annually for a wide variety of scenarios, including equipment failure, cyber attacks and more.
Tickle says she meets quarterly with EMA directors like Moore just to make sure they're coordinating their efforts and can help keep the people in Toombs County and the surrounding area safe.