For Immediate Release
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 25, 1999
Two Potomac Electric Power Company generating plants in Maryland and Virginia have won recognition for effective environmental management programs. The Morgantown Generating Station and its Faulkner ash site in Charles County, Md., was certified to a new international standard for environmental management systems, and the Potomac River Generating Station in Alexandria, Va., was recognized for its wildlife management program.
"These achievements reflect Pepco`s long-standing commitment to operate in a environmentally friendly manner and reflect the dedication of hundreds of employees who work every day to support that commitment," said Jim Potts, Vice President, Environment.
The 28-acre Alexandria facility received the Wildlife Habitat Council`s Certification for Habitat and Individual Species Management based on the development of bird nesting sites, shoreline cleanups, wild flower plantings and involvement in community environmental programs. It will join Pepco`s four other major power plants in WHC` s Registry of Certified and Internationally Accredited Corporate Wildlife Habitat Programs.
With certification of Morgantown under the International Organization for Standardization`s ISO 14001 for environmental management systems, Pepco joined the ranks of only four other U.S. utilities with ISO certified power plants. The United States is a signatory to the ISO 14001 standard, which became finalized in 1996.
"We are proud to be among the few companies in our industry to achieve ISO 14001 certification of a generating facility site," Potts said. "The certification assures our neighbors and employees that our environmental management systems are state-of-the-art and that our people are striving in every way to minimize any environmental impact associated with our operations."
The ISO 14001 standard is to ensure that companies develop, implement and maintain management systems for improving overall environmental performance by reducing pollution and other impacts and improving use of resources. The standard does not replace legislative or regulatory requirements or specify environmental performance criteria.
Morgantown is a 1,412-Megawatt plant located on the Potomac River just south of the Route 301 crossing in Charles County. The plant began operation in 1970 and uses either coal or oil as fuel to make electricity. The Potomac River plant in Alexandria burns coal to produce 482 Megawatts. It is located about two miles south of the District of Columbia.
Point of Contact:Robert A. Dobkin