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Sirens Expected to Have Battery Backup by 2006

The State | IN BRIEF / SAN LUIS OBISPO

March 27, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Emergency sirens designed to warn residents if there's an accident at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, among other calamities, will all have battery backups by the end of 2006.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that it was stepping up the battery installation project by three years.

The magnitude-6.5 earthquake on Dec. 22 exposed the need for battery backups in San Luis Obispo County's emergency warning system. Fifty-six of the system's 131 sirens didn't work because of power outages.

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