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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 7, 2012

Company:

Dominion Virginia Power

Contacts:

Richard Zuercher, (804) 273-3825, Richard.Zuercher@dom.com

 

DOMINION VIRGINIA POWER SEEKS TO IMPROVE
EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLANNING AROUND SURRY POWER STATION

 

RICHMOND, Va. – Residents living within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry Power Station may be contacted by telephone March 13-15 to participate in an evacuation planning survey for radiological emergencies at the nuclear-powered station.

The survey data will be used by Dominion and local emergency management agencies to update and improve emergency evacuation plans. The communities within the emergency planning zone include parts of the counties of Surry, Isle of Wight, James City and York, and the cities of Newport News and Williamsburg.

 

The telephone survey is being conducted by First Market Research of Boston.  All calls for the 10-minute survey will be conducted between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and the survey company representatives will ask to speak with the head of the household. No personal questions will be asked.

The questions will seek information such as: “How long does it take you to drive from work to home?” and “How many vehicles are usually available to the household that could be used if an evacuation was necessary?”

The survey results will provide state and local emergency management agencies with updated information on the number of people expected to evacuate from a designated area, the number of vehicles that may be used to evacuate, and the amount of time needed to prepare for evacuation, in the event of a radiological emergency at the station.

 

The collected survey data will also be used to identify roadways and areas facing significant traffic congestion in evacuations as well as to identify strategies to improve evacuation clearance times.

 

Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,000 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.

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