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Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Emergency Response

The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) is located approximately fifty-five miles west of downtown Phoenix in Maricopa County. It is located on 4,080 acres of land near the town of Wintersburg, Arizona.

Public health and safety is the primary concern of the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management (MCDEM) in the event of an incident occurring at PVNGS. The State of Arizona and Maricopa County prepare and maintain a joint “Offsite Emergency Response Plan for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station” to ensure a coordinated response to protect the public from the effects of radiation exposure in the event of an incident having offsite consequences.


Should an emergency response be necessary, a Joint State and County Policy Group will analyze available data and develop protective measures to be implemented within the Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ).

The Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating the response activities of county agencies such as the Sheriff's Office, Department of Transportation, Environmental Services, Department of Public Health, and Animal Care and Control as well as volunteer agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Arizona Humane Society, and Amateur Radio operators. This coordination effort takes place at the County Emergency Operations Center.



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