In Monroe County, the Upper Keys, especially Ocean Reef and Key Largo, could be affected in the event of an accident at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, owned and operated by Florida Light & Power.
On December 7, 1979, following the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in Pennsylvania, President Carter transferred the Federal lead role in offsite radiological emergency planning and preparedness activities from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA established the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program to:
REP Program responsibilities encompass only offsite activities, that is, state, tribal and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
The area surrounding a nuclear power plant falls into one of two zones used for emergency planning:
The following are local official EAS stations: * Primary EAS Station