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Emergency simulation at reactor is today

Monday, June 18, 2007 | 12:38 a.m. CDT; updated 3:55 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Update: An emergency drill scheduled for today at the MU Research Reactor Center has been canceled due to rain, according to MU spokesman Christian Basi. The drill, which was to involve the Columbia Fire and Police Departments, MU Police and University Hospital, was scheduled to take place Monday morning. MU plans to reschedule the drill, which is required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission every two years.


If you see fire trucks speeding toward MU’s Research Reactor Center today with lights blazing and horns blaring, don’t worry.

This is only a test.

Mary Jo Banken, executive director of the MU News Bureau, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires the Research Reactor Center to hold an emergency simulation every other year.

To enhance the realism of the drill, the reactor staff will be kept in the dark about the nature of the emergency until the last minute, Banken said.

In addition to the reactor staff, other participating agencies will include the Columbia fire and police departments, MU Police and University Hospital and Clinics.

After the simulation, representatives from these agencies will meet to talk about improvements that can be made to the emergency protocol, Banken said.

“We’ve never had any real emergencies,” Banken said, “and all past simulations have gone well.”

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