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What is the telephone-size pole about one mile south of Midway Road on Route 211?

Ken Little

The pole is one of a series of pole-mounted public notification sirens in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. The sirens are located within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport, and in the event of an emergency at the plant would be activated to alert the public.

Progress Energy has a total of 38 pole-mounted sirens within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear plant, including 32 in Brunswick County and six in New Hanover County.

The sirens are tested on a regular basis.  During the tests, the sirens will sound at the same time for three-minute intervals. A full-volume test is conducted once a year.

For more information about safety and emergency preparedness at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, visit the utility’s Web site at www.progress-energy.com or call the plant’s corporate communications department at (910) 457-2900.

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant uses two boiling water reactors to generate 1,875 megawatts of electricity.

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Kathy Elliott

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