Managing waste responsibly
First, we try to prevent waste before it happens.
During 2016, Exelon achieved a companywide recycling rate for municipal solid waste over of 65 percent, keeping waste out of landfills, conserving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to robust recycling programs, we place an equally strong focus on identifying opportunities to prevent waste or bring new life to materials that might otherwise be discarded. Exelon is continually improving our materials management by applying life-cycle analysis to identify better-performing products that result in less waste.
We manage used nuclear fuel safely.
We take the utmost care in the management of used nuclear fuel produced by our operations. We utilize proven, mature methods for the safe handling of all nuclear materials, based on industry best practices, and we operate in compliance with government regulations.
The federal government has yet to establish facilities for the permanent storage or disposal of spent nuclear fuel in the United States. So Exelon safely stores it on site at our nuclear generating plants in storage pools and dry cask storage facilities.