DELTA, PA (January 5, 2011) - Employees at Exelon's Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station were recently recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) for significant contributions to environmental conservation and wildlife habitat preservation. Peach Bottom was awarded WHC's Wildlife at Work certification for a number of innovative programs, including the establishment of an active bio-diversity team and Web site; the construction of bat habitats; installation of motion-sensor field cameras; and the creation of a butterfly garden on the 600-acre site.
Site Vice President Tom Dougherty said, "Thanks, in part, to environmental stewardship and wildlife habitat protection, bald eagles can be seen fishing in our discharge canal, endangered black crowned night herons flourish along our shoreline and ospreys nest safely on our many towers."
To date, five of Exelon Nuclear's sites have been recognized by WHC for programs that minimize impact on the environment and promote local wildlife. In addition to Peach Bottom, Oyster Creek Generating Station in Lacey Township, NJ, Limerick Generating Station in Pottstown, PA, Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova, IL, and Clinton Power Station in Clinton, IL are also certified.
"In the face of a looming crisis of global biodiversity, the Wildlife Habitat Council and its members are working together to put programs on the ground that stem the tide and protect our shared natural resources," said Robert Johnson, WHC President. "Congratulations to Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station for their dedication and leadership in creating a healthy and biodiverse planet."
The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a nonprofit group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat. Created in 1988, WHC helps large landowners, particularly corporations, manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife. Since 1990, WHC has certified hundreds of programs at corporate facilities around the world through its Corporate Wildlife Habitat Certification/International Accreditation Program.