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Nine Mile Point Hosts Community Information Night

Ethann Browne, center, listens as an Exelon employee explains how to the control room works

Ethann Browne, center, listens as an Exelon employee explains how to the control room works

OSWEGO, NY – Hundreds of people took part in Exelon Generation’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station’ open house event Tuesday evening at the Nuclear Learning Center.

Ethann Browne, center, listens as an Exelon employee explains how to the control room works
Ethann Browne, center, listens as an Exelon employee explains how to the control room works

The event ran from 4 – 7 p.m. and within the first hour, more than 300 people had stopped by to how the nuclear plant operates.

Employees and station leaders greeted residents, answered questions and educated everyone about how a nuclear power plant operates.

Representatives from Operations, Engineering, Security and Emergency Preparedness and other plant departments set up informative displays to inform and educate the public.

The station’s control room simulators were a popular place to visit.

Exelon representatives showed how the plant’s operators are trained to run the station safely and reliably.

A youngster gets a hand building a tower at the Children's Museum area at Tuesday's event.
A youngster gets a hand building a tower at the Children’s Museum area at Tuesday’s event.

Visitors could enjoy the interactive, educational displays from the Children’s Museum of Oswego. Gannon’s Ice Cream was on site and souvenirs were provided.

Ethann Browne really enjoyed his visit at the simulated operators’ training room(s).

He is a “research fanatic” who loves to learn about how things work.

The Oswego youngster will be entering the fourth grade this fall. But, looking well beyond that, he said he can see himself becoming a nuclear engineer.

“This is really interesting. It’s kind of the stuff I’d like to do some day,” he said. “I’d like to be a nuclear engineer some day. The simulator was very interesting.”

Math and science are both his favorite subjects in school.

Morgan Alexander was doing a job shadowing for her future college job.

“I want to go into the communications field,” she explained.

She was listening to Robert Pellegrino explain about how operators are trained to run the plant.

“I want to learn from the communications people on site. I want to go into radio, TV communications and business communications,” she said.

One of the people she was going to shadow was Jill Lyon, the Exelon spokesperson at the plant.

Morgan Alexander looks on as  Robert Pellegrino explains how the plant's operators are trained.
Morgan Alexander looks on as Robert Pellegrino explains how the plant’s operators are trained.

“We are committed to operating our facility safely and we’re also committed to being good community partners,” Lyon said. “We wanted to open up the facility tonight to bring in our neighbors and educate them about what we do here and the actions our employees take every day to operate the plant safely.”

She said that it’s important that community members understand how the facility is operated.

Approximately 300 people signed up to attend the event, “that’s pretty good, this being our first year, I think that’s pretty good,” she added.

The Children’s Museum of Oswego offered a variety of activities for youngsters, including acrylic magnetic building blocks, a sound demonstration and more.

One of Exelon’s employees is a member of CMOO’s board, “so we want to help support what one of our employees is doing,” Lyon noted.

They hope to hold the event on an annual basis.

“We’re really appreciative of everybody here in our community that took the opportunity and time to come out and see us tonight. We’re really excited to be having the event and look forward to it growing in the future,” she said.

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion.

Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets.

The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers.

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