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Nuclear plant sirens sound on Thursday

PASCO – The emergency sirens on Thursday are the annual tests.

The alarms are to sound between 10 a.m. and noon, followed by test text messages on the CodeRed emergency notification system, according to Pasco police.

"Officials from the Benton and Franklin County Emergency Management agencies, Energy Northwest, and the DOE conduct the tests annually, and will repeat them enough to ensure that each siren is working," stated police.

People should be able to hear the sirens along parts of the Snake and Columbia rivers within 10 miles of the Columbia Generating Station, run by Energy Northwest. The nuclear power plant is north of Richland toward Hanford.

People in west Pasco and some in northwestern Franklin County may hear the sirens.

"Generally speaking, 'down-winders' know who they are," stated the police.

If you would like to sign up for the free CodeRed alert system, go to in Franklin County and click on the CodeRed icon.

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He has served as a TV news director, managing editor for a daily newspaper and national magazines for motorcycles and ATVs. He built an online news service in Grant County and has more than 20 years of journalism experience in central Washington, from Oroville to Tri-Cities.


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