Schwenksville Borough is located within ten miles of the Limerick Generating Station (LGS) and is therefore part of the LGS 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). Chris Melville is the Borough's Emergency Management Coordinator and is in charge of annual training, drills and updating the Borough's Emergency Management Plan.
More information about LGS and the Emergency Planning Zone can be found on Montgomery County's website. Background information provided by Montgomery County is as follows:
Limerick Generating Station (LGS), located in Limerick Township, is a two-unit nuclear generation facility capable of producing enough electricity for more than 2 million homes. The plant's two 507 foot tall natural-draft hyperbolic cooling towers make LGS easily recognizable from miles around.
Limerick's two boiling water reactors, designed by General Electric, together are capable of producing 2,317 net megawatts of power. Unit 1 began commercial operation on February 1, 1986 and is licensed to operate through 2044. Unit 2 came online on January 8, 1990 and is licensed to operate through 2049.
The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management assists the 21 municipalities that comprise the LGS 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) with emergency planning and training.
As governed by Title 35, every municipality in Pennsylvania is required to have an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). Those municipalities that are included in the EPZ of a nuclear power plant must also maintain a Radiological Emergency Response Plan (RERP) as an annex to their EOP. The RERP is continually updated and all responding agencies receive training yearly and exercise the plan biannually to ensure readiness.
For additional information, download a copy of the current community emergency planning brochure (in English or Spanish):
• Emergency Planning for the Limerick Area
• Planificación de emergencias para el área de Limerick