What is radiation?
Pennsylvania has the second-largest number of nuclear power plants in the United States, with nine operational reactor units at five nuclear power plant sites: Susquehanna, Luzurne County; Three Mile Island, Dauphin County; Beaver Valley, Beaver County; Limerick, Montgomery County and Peach Bottom, York County. More than 645,000 people live within a 10-mile radius of these facilities. A third of the state's total energy generation comes from nuclear power, just behind coal and well ahead of natural gas and other sources.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is responsible for overall preparedness for the state. In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Radiation Protection Act, 1984-147 (Act 147), deals specifically with radiation, control of radioactive sources and accidental releases of radiation from any of the nuclear-powered electric generating facilities in Pennsylvania. PEMA has developed a radiological emergency response program with plans for each fixed nuclear power generating facility.
For more information, click on one of the links below to find state and federal information.
Montgomery Emergency Management
Borough of Montgomery, Lycoming County, PA