- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

MINERAL, Va. (AP) - Federal officials are planning to test Virginia’s ability to respond to an emergency at Dominion’s North Anna nuclear power station.

The Federal Emergency Management says the biennial emergency preparedness exercise at the plant about 40 miles northwest of Richmond will take place the week of July 7.

Officials say the drills are held every other year to evaluate government’s ability to protect public health and safety.

FEMA will assess state and local emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile emergency planning zone as well as nearby support areas.

Preliminary findings will be presented at a public meeting on July 11 in Glen Allen.

FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission within 90 days. The final report will be available to the public about 120 days after the exercise.

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