Nuclear incident worries in shutdown? No problem

Posted at 12:31 PM on July 1, 2011 by Paul Tosto (0 Comments)

One question that came up before the shutdown: What's the plan for a nuclear incident if most of state government is closed?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wanted to know from state officials if a state government shutdown would affect Minnesota's ability to respond to an incident at one of the state's two nuclear power plants.

MPR's Elizabeth Dunbar writes this afternoon that "FEMA is satisfied with state's plan for a nuclear incident during shutdown."

FEMA had asked the state to explain how officials would respond to an incident during a shutdown.

State Homeland Security Director Kris Eide responded to FEMA Thursday, saying 16 key emergency management staffers would continue working during the shutdown. Eide noted additional staff could be recalled if needed.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville told me that emergency management officials are confident they would be able to get any laid off workers to come back to work immediately in an emergency.

A FEMA spokeswoman says the agency "concurs with the state" that the plan "provides for continues reasonable assurance that they are adequately staffed and have the necessary resources to carry out the state's responsibilities in the event of a nuclear power plant incident."


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