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Emergency officials run nuclear plant drill

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Recently, emergency officials were alerted of a potentially dangerous situation at the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo.

"We went into a partial activation of our emergency operations center in calling in key players," said Mike Goldberg, Director, of Linn County Emergency Management.

The alert at the plant turned out to be nothing more than a truck catching fire.
But had there been a threat of increased radiation exposure to the public, emergency personnel were ready.

"People accuse us of being over prepared or overreacting; that's a good thing.  We will accept that because our job is to be prepared for the community to respond to anything that may happen," Goldberg said.

Four times every year, emergency management prepares for such a disaster.

As part of Tuesday's training exercise, alerts were sent out to law enforcement personnel, power plant workers, health and school officials and other responders with directions to report to the Linn County Emergency Operations Center.

Officials from the different departments executed their parts of the plan in the case of a large radioactive release.

Personnel worked together to coordinate a mass evacuation.

"We have an advantage in this community because we do these drills four times a year it helps us prepare for anything that might happen, and that's not something that other communities can claim," Goldberg said.

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