Earth Day is April 22, 2015. Each April 22, for the past 45 years, citizens around the world have honored a commitment for a clean environment by hosting festivals, rallies and environmental activities, all with support from a world-wide community.
Duke Energy and its nuclear employees also support a clean environment. Did you know that nuclear energy is America’s largest source of clean-air, carbon-free electricity, producing no greenhouse gases or air pollutants — 64 percent of carbon-free electricity is produced by nuclear energy.
In recognition of Earth Day this year, Harris Nuclear Plant near Raleigh, N.C., will be the host of local sixth graders for a program on nuclear, renewables and energy efficiency. This will be the first visit to the nuclear facility by many of these students.
Catawba Nuclear Station and Oconee Nuclear Station employees will be participating in roadside cleanups.
Employees at Catawba Nuclear Station, located in York, S.C., including members of the Catawba chapters of Women in Nuclear (WIN) and North American Young Generation of Nuclear (NAYGN), will spend the afternoon picking up litter along the road to the plant, as part of adopt-a-highway program.
Employees at Oconee Nuclear Station, located in Seneca, S.C., in partnership with the Keep Oconee Beautiful Association (KOBA), will participate in the Adopt-A-Spot program by l doing a litter sweep along the roads near the plant’s entrances. In addition, Oconee Maintenance Department employees have “adopted” their own section of local highways as part of their commitment to the community and the environment.