The nuclear power plant is built on a 900 acre site on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 1 began operating in 1970 and Unit 2 was brought online in 1988. Together, they are capable of generating nearly 2,000 net megawatts (MW), enough electricity to power over 1 million average American homes.
Committed to Safety
Nine Mile Point, like all U.S. nuclear energy facilities, is based on a “defense-in-depth” design, which means there are redundant layers of safety. There are multiple layers of safety systems to provide water to the reactor core. These safety systems, and their backup safety systems, are powered by multiple and redundant power sources. Nuclear energy plants are built with multiple physical barriers, including thick, steel-reinforced concrete walls around the reactor to contain radioactive materials.
Our employees are personally committed to safety. They are highly-skilled workers and continually receive training to make our safe work practices even safer. We have a culture of continuous learning and implement lessons learned from operating experience to continue to operate safe nuclear energy facilities. Each employee has 100 percent accountability. We welcome strict, daily oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). We work with the NRC to ensure that all regulations are complied with - and exceeded.
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Generating More Low-Carbon Electricity
As part of Exelon 2020, Exelon Nuclear launched a series of planned power uprates across the company's nuclear fleet that will generate additional generation capacity within 8 years without turning a spade of earth. Uprate projects improve the efficiency and increase electricity output of a nuclear generating unit through upgrades to plant equipment. The projects take advantage of new production and measurement technologies, new materials and learning from a half-century of nuclear power operations.
Nine Mile Point employs a sophisticated emergency response plan to protect public health and safety approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the state of New York. The emergency plan includes coordination with local counties, municipalities and school districts.
Supporting the Local Economy
The majority of Nine Mile Point's 1,040 employees live in communities surrounding the plant. During refueling outages, the station employs several hundred contractors who boost the local economy during their stay.
Nine Mile Point aims to be a good neighbor and is very active in the local community.
- Sponsorship. The power plant sponsors several community events including the Harborfest Friday Night Concerts, a monthlong concert series in the City of Oswego, and the ARISE Call-N-Ride Program, a curb-to-curb service for the elderly and those with special needs in Oswego County.
- Charitable Giving & Volunteering. Nine Mile Point employees give generously to the community through a variety of charitable activities, including the local United Way chapters. The plant also sponsors blood drives throughout the year, helping local hospitals.