New Jersey nuclear plant to test sirens Tuesday

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An aerial view of the Oyster Creek Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Forked River, New Jersey March 22, 2011 on the Atlantic Ocean near the New Jersey shore. (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

An aerial view of the Oyster Creek Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Forked River, New Jersey March 22, 2011 on the Atlantic Ocean near the New Jersey shore. (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (PIX11) — Sirens will wail in New Jersey Tuesday as part of a test at the nation’s oldest operating nuclear power plant.

The test will take place about 10 a.m. at the Oyster Creek Generating Station and is scheduled to last for three minutes, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office said.

It’s part of a twice-yearly safety drill to test the sirens meant to notify residents to tune to a radio or television station in case of an emergency.

A similar test was staged in June, shortly after the plant’s parent company had replaced all 42 emergency warning sirens in the 10-mile radius around the Lacey Township plant. The new units feature battery backup.

Oyster Creek is located about 60 miles east of Philadelphia. It generates enough electricity to power 600,000 homes, or roughly all the homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.