RIVER ROUGE, Mich., March 11, 2004 — River Rouge community leaders along with state and federal officials on Friday joined the employees of the Detroit Edison River Rouge Power Plant as they celebrated the facility’s successful completion of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 14001 certification process.
The River Rouge Power Plant is the fifth Detroit Edison power plant to receive the environmental management certification. The others are the St. Clair, Belle River, Monroe and Trenton power plants.
The ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard that provides a facility with the basic framework for managing environmental impacts. Certification requires that employees must be aware of how their job can impact the environment.
An environmental management system certified to the ISO 14001 standard is effective because it involves every aspect of a facility’s activities that can affect the environment. Periodic reviews of the system, by a third party after certification, ensure that it continues to be effective in the future.
During ceremonies at the plant today, River Rouge Mayor Pro Tem John Harrington presented a resolution acknowledging the achievement. It also praised the role of the plant and its employees in the community.
“The employees of the power plant have been active in the community for many years, often working cooperatively on projects within the city and by contributing thousands of dollars and hours to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Peregrine Falcon Project, Mariners Memorial Lighthouse, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, local public schools, River Rouge Days, Salvation Army, Relay for Life, Walk for Warmth and much more.”
State Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman and State Rep. William O’Neil each presented tributes. The tribute from Sen. Clark-Coleman read, “This award is a demonstration of employees’ commitment and determination toward enhancement of their community.”
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick also presented a resolution that read, “The River Rouge Power Plant has been a part of the Wayne County Community since 1956 where more than 180 neighbors, relatives and friends are employed. We extend our appreciation to Detroit Edison and their employees for being active and generous partners in Wayne County.”
Plant Director Morgan Everett accepted the ISO 14001 certificate from Karen Reaume, auditor for NSF-ISR, the accredited third party auditing organization that reviewed the plant’s effort to achieve certification. Everett said that earning certification was truly a team effort that demonstrates the commitment of all plant personnel to their individual and collective role as stewards of the environment.
“All 190 River Rouge Power Plant employees — like all Detroit Edison employees — recognize that they have a personal responsibility for protecting the environment day in and day out,” he said. “This is a commitment we have made to our families, friends and neighbors and to future generations.”
Helping to achieve the certification were the 124 members of Local 223 of the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO who work at the River Rouge Power Plant.
“I’m proud to see everybody working together to accomplish something this important,” said Carl Grimm, Local 223 committeeperson for the River Rouge plant. “Compliance with the ISO 14001 standard is good for the environment, the community and plant employees.”
Also participating in Friday’s ceremonies were Gerard M. Anderson, President DTE Energy Resources; Robert Richard, DTE Energy Vice President, Fossil Generation, and Skiles Boyd, DTE Energy Director, Environmental Management and Resources.
The River Rouge Power Plant generates 527 megawatts of electricity and is a reliable and important source of power for the Detroit Edison system and its customers. The plant began operation in 1956 and has received numerous pollution control enhancements, resulting in significant emissions reductions over the last 30 years. In that time, particulate emissions have been reduced 93 percent, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have been reduced 57 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions have been reduced 47 percent.
Detroit Edison is an investor-owned electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE – News), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Information about DTE Energy is available at http://www.dteenergy.com .