Staff at Exelon’s Peach Bottom nuclear power station have been recognised by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) for their work in creating wildlife preservation areas and helping to stem the global tide of biodiversity loss.
The WHC’s Wildlife at Work certification was awarded to a number of programs at the plant, including the construction of bat habitats, a butterfly garden and the installation of motion sensor cameras.
This takes the number of Exelon sites that have been recognised by the WHC for environmental programs to six; the other plants being Oyster Creek, Limerick, Quad Cities and Clinton.
According to Exelon, there are programs at each of its plants to identify rare and threatened species and ensure their protection. The aim is for every Exelon plant to eventually be WHC certified. The WHC was formed in 1988, with the mission of bringing together the environmental community and industry. One of its aims is to help large corporate landowners manage their unused land assets in a way that promotes and protects wildlife.
Peach Bottom has two operating 1140 MWe Boiling Water Reactors. These units, two and three, both began commercial operation in 1974. The first reactor at the site was a high temperature, gas cooled, graphite moderated, experimental reactor that ran from 1967 to 1974.