Barrar Talks Nuclear Safety with Industry Experts

HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, led by Majority Chairman Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), Wednesday held a public informational meeting to speak with industry experts about nuclear safety and security in Pennsylvania.

“Nuclear facilities are constantly monitoring safety issues, holding drills and reviewing emergency response plans,” said Barrar.  “I was impressed that one of Pennsylvania’s nuclear facilities was the first in the nation to hold a hostile-action drill.  Citizens can be assured that Three Mile Island did very well during the exercise.”

Federal law requires every nuclear power plant to have detailed emergency response plans in place.  These plans are subject to the approval of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

In addition to conducting its own safety exercises, each plant must also conduct periodic emergency exercises in coordination with local and state government agencies. 

In addition to discussing human threats to nuclear facilities, the committee also discussed environmental hazards and how facilities are built to withstand them.  Fuel storage was also a topic examined.  

Testifiers at the hearing included Stan Davis, manager of nuclear emergency planning with PPL; Vince Cwietniewicz, manager of mid-Atlantic emergency preparedness with Exelon; and Glenn McKee, manager of fleet emergency preparedness with FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company. 

“These types of informational meetings are important because we have an immense stake in nuclear safety,” said Barrar.  “You can’t wait until an event happens to determine whether or not you are prepared to handle it.  Constant drills, reviews and evaluations are necessary.  I have every confidence that the nuclear facilities in Pennsylvania have taken the utmost security measures and are prepared for any scenario.”

A link to the testifiers’ presentation can be found at  Barrar also posts information about his legislative priorities at

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
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