** NEWS RELEASE **
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alan Mack, Deputy Commissioner
June 7, 2023 (845) 615-0479
Indian Point Sirens in Orange County to be tested March
Requires no action on the part of the public
GOSHEN – Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey and Orange County Deputy Commissioner, Alan Mack advise residents that a full-volume test of the Indian Point Energy Center siren system will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14th throughout the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) around Indian Point, including the sirens in Orange County.
During this full-system activation test, sirens will sound simultaneously for four minutes. The sirens will sound at full-volume for the entire duration of the test. No action on the part of the public is necessary or required for this drill.
If the sirens were sounded during an actual emergency, residents would listen to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information and instructions about any action to be taken. Sounding the sirens is a signal for residents to listen to EAS broadcasts for important information. It is NOT a signal to evacuate.
“We test the Indian Point sirens in Orange County throughout the year to ensure that they work in the event of an emergency,” said Orange County Radiological Officer, Shannon Fisher. “The testing requires no action on the part of the public.”
The Indian Point Energy Center, located in Buchanan, NY, is a nuclear powered electric generating facility on the east bank of the Hudson River in Westchester County, close to portions of Rockland, Putnam, and Orange Counties.
For more information, including a list of EAS stations, please refer to the Orange County Indian Point Emergency Guide Are you ready?, or visit Orange County’s Department of Emergency Management at www.orangecountygov.com/dem.
Date: June 14, 2023 For Release: Immediately
Indian Point Energy Center
Buchanan, New York 10511
Contact: Patrick O’Brien, Director Government Affairs an Communications – Holtec International
Holtec to Test Indian Point Siren System
Buchanan, N.Y. — The Indian Point Energy Center emergency notification sirens will sound during a test of the system on Wed., June 14th between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. As part of the test, sirens will sound at full volume for approximately four minutes in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties.
Because this is only a test, the public is not required to respond during the siren sounding. PLEASE NOTE: Sirens are not a signal to evacuate. In an actual emergency, the sirens would sound to alert the public to tune in to a local EAS radio or television station for important information and direction. These stations are listed in the emergency planning booklet mailed to households and businesses in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone around Indian Point. An electronic version of the booklet is posted on the Indian Point web site, Indian Point Energy Decommissioning | Holtec International
Indian Point Energy Center was home to three nuclear power plants that operated from 1962 to 2021. Holtec International acquired Indian Point Energy Center in May 2021 from Entergy Corp. Holtec plans to complete decommissioning activities at the site decades sooner than if Entergy continued to own the facility. Indian Point Unit 3 was shut down on April 30, 2021 after generating electricity for 45 years. Unit 2 was shut down in April 2020. Unit 1 was permanently retired in 1974.
About Holtec International
Holtec International is a privately held technology company with operation centers in Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the U.S., and globally in Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, U.K. and Ukraine. Since the 1980s, Holtec has played a preeminent role in the energy industry by developing and implementing innovative solutions to overcome technical challenges faced by its clients around the world. Pioneering the technology to expand the nuclear fuel storage capacity in the wet storage pools, Holtec has increased the storage capacity on average by over 50% at over 110 reactor units worldwide. Over 130 nuclear units worldwide rely on Holtec’s technology for spent nuclear fuel storage and transportation; 70 of these are located in the U.S. Highlights of Holtec’s core business focus also includes the safe and efficient decommissioning of shuttered nuclear plants; the current fleet includes Indian Point, Pilgrim, Oyster Creek and Palisades. Holtec also owns the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation at Big Rock Point, which was decommissioned years ago. Holtec’s decommissioning model includes the assumption of the entire plant including the spent nuclear fuel. Holtec’s approach to decommissioning is to begin and complete the physical work of decontamination and dismantlement decades sooner than if the current nuclear plant owner retains ownership of the plant. HI-STORE, the world’s first below-ground Consolidated Interim Storage Facility, is currently undergoing licensing for deployment in New Mexico. Holtec’s SMR-160, a 160-Megawatt small modular reactor, will provide safe, secure, dependable, affordable and carbon-free power even in the world’s most arid regions. As a major supplier of special-purpose pressure vessels and critical service heat exchange equipment, Holtec provides air-cooled condensers, steam generators, feedwater heaters, and water-cooled condensers. As a fully integrated supplier, Holtec possesses in-house capabilities to design, engineer, analyze, license, fabricate and construct these technologies.
Holtec Decommissioning International’s website is