Special to the Reporter
In 2008, Luminant recycled almost 3.1 billion pounds of materials; avoided, reduced or sequestered more than 25 million tons of carbon dioxide; and planted nearly 1.5 million trees on 1,600 acres of reclaimed mined land. These and many other environmental achievements are highlighted in Luminant’s 2008 Environmental Review, released today.
“Our employees make environmental protection a daily priority - their commitment and dedication to providing increasingly clean forms of electricity is a key reason why we remain a leader in environmental stewardship,” said Shawn Glacken, Luminant senior vice president of environmental services. “Their forward thinking means we’re always looking for new innovations, which is why we’re investing in educational programs and the exploration of environmentally smart solutions to meet Texas’ future power needs.”
Over the past 30 years, Luminant has been recognized with almost 150 awards. In 2008, Luminant received a Public Drinking Water Recognition Program award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for “exceptional compliance” with the Total Coliform Rule requirements. The award heralded Luminant for outstanding performance over the preceding five years at various locations including Comanche Peak and two small systems associated with the nuclear plant.
The Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant was also presented with the Because We Care Award from the United Way of Hood County for unswerving dedication and partnership.
Additional Luminant accomplishments include:
• Winner of an unparalleled fourth U.S. Department of the Interior Directors Award and a 13th Railroad Commission of Texas’ Texas Reclamation Award
• Remaining the leader in Texas wind power purchases and the fifth-largest purchaser in the U.S. for the sixth consecutive year
• Committing more than $4.7 million to fund independent research by more than 120 graduate students, producing outstanding scientists and environmental professionals and providing Luminant with sound environmental solutions
• Building the first new lignite plants in the nation able to remove mercury with activated carbon sorbent injection technology, a technology that Luminant helped develop through public research collaborations and full-scale demonstrations at existing plants
For more information, view the 2008 Environmental Review available on http://www.luminant.com/.