ITASCA, Ill., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Safety Council announced that Exelon Nuclear will receive its 2010 Green Cross for Safety Medal, NSC's annual recognition of an organization that demonstrates a steadfast commitment to improving safety and health in the workplace, its community and through safety leadership demonstrated by all levels of the organization.
Exelon Nuclear, a business unit of Exelon Corporation, operates the largest nuclear fleet in the nation and the third largest fleet in the world. Headquartered in Warrenville, IL, Exelon Nuclear operates 10 stations with 17 reactors and represents an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. nuclear industry's power capacity. Over 17 million homes are powered by Exelon Nuclear's generating units.
The decision to present Exelon Nuclear with the Green Cross for Safety Medal reflects NSC's recognition of the organization's strong safety culture which is highly visible in all aspects of Exelon Nuclear's work practices.
"The National Safety Council is proud to award Exelon Nuclear with the 2010 Green Cross for Safety Medal," said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO. "Exelon Nuclear has a very strong reputation in its industry as a safety leader. It is known for protecting its employees and the communities in which it does business. I commend Mr. Pardee, Exelon Nuclear's President and Chief Nuclear Officer for making safety a top priority at his organization."
Exelon Nuclear prides itself in operating clean, safe and reliable energy plants. Its plants include environmental monitoring programs to protect its 8,500 nuclear professionals, the public and the environment. Exelon Nuclear is also committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 15 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions through its company wide Exelon 2020 carbon emissions reduction initiative.
"The Green Cross for Safety Medal is a testament to the focus on safety of all those involved in the success of our business, including employees within our company; our alliance partners, suppliers, and contractors; our peer companies; and our vast array of support organizations such as INPO, NEI and EPRI," said Charles Pardee, Exelon Nuclear president and chief nuclear officer. "We are fortunate to work in an industry where every employee holds the unique and essential responsibility to operate and maintain our nuclear plants with an over-arching charge to preserve the health and safety of the general public and our fellow employees, and I am extremely honored to receive the Green Cross for Safety Medal on behalf of Exelon Nuclear."
NSC will present Exelon Nuclear with the Green Cross for Safety Medal at a special recognition dinner held in spring 2010. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past recipients of the Green Cross for Safety Medal include: FirstGroup, Delta Air Lines, UPS, DuPont, Liberty Mutual Group, Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler, Kenny Construction Co., Ryder Systems Inc., Intel Corp. and AK Steel Corp.
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SOURCE National Safety Council