THIS IS A DRILL for GENERAL EMERGENCY - Tuesday, October 00, 2017 PLANT HATCH has declared a General Emergency.
For information about activities and conditions in the area surrounding Plant Hatch:
- Call the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) at 1-800-879-4362 or 404-635-7200
For information on current conditions at Plant Hatch:
- Call our recorded information line at 1-800-262-5283
Safety of plant operations, safety of employees, and most importantly, safety of plant neighbors.
Real-Time and Plant Photos
Safety was the foremost concern during plant design and construction, and safety is emphasized constantly in employee training, monitoring and controls, safety systems testing, and communication between operators, utility owners, system suppliers and regulators.
Georgia Power will provide information about its response to the event and current conditions at the plant. The utility only has authority to speak about conditions at the plant itself.
Plant Hatch Ownership
The Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, located near Baxley in southeastern Georgia, is one of two nuclear facilities in the state. It was built and is co-owned by Georgia Power (50.1%), Oglethorpe Power (30%), Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (17.7%) and Dalton Utilities (2.2%). The plant is operated by Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC). Southern Nuclear is a subsidiary of Southern Company.
In the event of an accident at Plant Hatch, county and state emergency management agencies will provide direction to the public about what actions, if any, they should take. Many agencies will work together to assist the plant and surrounding communities.
For The Media
In an emergency at Plant Hatch, information will initially come from the Corporate Media Center at the Georgia Power headquarters in Atlanta, GA, until the Joint Information Center (JIC) near Vidalia, Ga., is activated. Once the JIC is activated, representatives from Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear, along with county, state and federal officials responding to the emergency, would disseminate information and hold joint news briefings there.
Plant Hatch Media Guide
Safety is the first priority at all nuclear plants – safety of plant operations, safety of employees, and most importantly, safety of plant neighbors.
Directions to the JIC and phone numbers for key contacts are listed in the Media Guide on the website in the section "News Media Contacts and Directions."
Nuclear energy is a proven and innovative technology, with more than 50 years of safe, reliable operation in the United States. The nuclear industry is one of the safest industrial working environments in the nation. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates the commercial and institutional uses of nuclear energy, including nuclear power plants.
The NRC monitors plant performance according to three strategic areas: reactor safety, radiation safety and security. Highly trained, independent NRC inspectors are on-site at each plant to provide oversight of plant operations, maintenance, equipment replacement and training. All plant performance results are available to the public on the NRC's website.