NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16, 2002 — Entergy’s two Louisiana nuclear plants, Waterford 3 in Killona and River Bend Station in St. Francisville, have been certified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as Voluntary Protection Programs Star sites.
The VPP Star rating is the highest possible industrial safety rating for a work site.
VPP participants are a select group of facilities that have designed and implemented outstanding worker health and safety programs. Star participants must meet all VPP requirements.
Waterford 3 and River Bend join Arkansas Nuclear One, also owned and operated by Entergy, as the only nuclear plants in the country to achieve the top-level certification. Entergy’s Little Gypsy and Waterford 1 and 2 fossil plants in St. Charles Parish are also certified as VPP Star sites. Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Mississippi is well along in pursuit of OSHA’s VPP rating.
A team from OSHA visited Waterford 3 and River Bend several months ago and evaluated the plants’ safety programs. The team performed reviews that included an initial meeting, a document review, a walkthrough, formal and informal interviews with employees and a closing meeting with plant leaders. The OSHA team identified strengths and areas for improvement that are being implemented.
“Achieving VPP Star status is a tribute to the quality of our safety program and Entergy Nuclear South’s commitment to safety,” said Gary Taylor, chief operating officer of Entergy Nuclear South. “I am proud of every worker at Waterford 3 and River Bend whose individual safety-focused behaviors have been part of our plants’ earning this distinction.”
VPP is a joint effort between management, labor and OSHA establishing a cooperative relationship at a workplace that has implemented a strong program. For more information on VPP, visit OSHA’s Web site: http://www.osha.gov/oshprogs/vpp/
The nuclear businesses of Entergy Corp. are headquartered in Jackson, Miss. Entergy, a global energy company based in New Orleans, is the third largest power generator in the nation with more than 30,000 megawatts of generating capacity, about $10 billion in revenue and over 2.6 million customers.
Entergy’s nuclear businesses encompass five power reactors at four locations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana under regulatory jurisdictions, and four reactors at three sites in Massachusetts and New York. Entergy Nuclear has also signed an agreement to purchase the Vermont Yankee plant at Vernon, Vt., and expects to close that transaction in the second quarter of 2002. Entergy Nuclear also furnishes license renewal and decommissioning services to the U.S. nuclear power industry.
Entergy Nuclear’s web address is www.entergy-nuclear.com .