By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - The nation’s oldest operating nuclear plant plans to test its emergency sirens.

Tuesday morning’s test by the Oyster Creek plant is part of a twice-yearly safety drill.

A similar test was staged in June, shortly after the plant’s parent company had replaced all 42 emergency warning sirens in the 10-mile radius around the Lacey Township plant. The new units feature battery backup.

The test will take place around 10 a.m. The purpose of the sirens is to notify residents to tune to a radio or television station in case of an emergency.

Oyster Creek is located about 60 miles east of Philadelphia. It generates enough electricity to power 600,000 homes, or roughly all the homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined.

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