Duke Energy Honors Five with Environment, Health and Safety Award - Duke Energy

News Release
July 26, 2006

Duke Energy Honors Five with Environment, Health and Safety Award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four Duke Energy employees and one of Duke Energy’s community partners were honored today with the company’s Environment, Health and Safety Award (EHS), which recognizes significant contributions to the environment and to the health and safety of employees and the public.  

Honored were:

  • Bill Adams, regional director of production and engineering, Duke Energy International, Guatemala City, Guatemala   
  • Jeff Foster, manager of radiation protection, Duke Energy Carolinas, Catawba Nuclear Station, York, S.C.
  • Angelo Hungaro, logistics manager, Duke Energy International, Chavantes, Brazil
  • Nob Zalme, scientist and environmental coordinator, Duke Energy Carolinas, Buck Steam Station, Spencer, N.C. 
  • Lisa Wear, science specialist with Horizons Unlimited of Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Salisbury, N.C.

Bill Adams managed an effort that successfully integrated safety and operational procedures for Duke Energy International’s (DEI) Central American assets. Prior to 2005, four plants managed by DEI in Guatemala and El Salvador operated with independent environmental, health and safety procedures. Adams was asked to take on the task of ensuring Duke Energy’s Central American operations were certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which measures integration among assets in operational quality, environment and occupational health and safety. After a year and a half of work and research, Adams and his team secured all three ISO certifications required for integration, demonstrating the company met or exceeded international standards in the areas of environmental, health, safety, security, and operation and maintenance procedures. This achievement improved the efficiency of the company’s operations in Guatemala and El Salvador. As a result of Adam’s efforts, Duke Energy also became the only company in Central America to obtain triple ISO certification.

Angela Hungaro developed an innovative transportation program in Brazil that has helped reduce the severity and frequency of transportation accidents affecting employees. Recognizing that more than 50 percent of the company’s accidents in Brazil were vehicle-related, Hungaro organized a cross-functional team to design and implement a transportation safety program. The program focuses on defensive driving and other safe behaviors while traveling – whether by land, air or water.

Hungaro launched an aggressive advertising campaign, communicating the program to employees and community partners through posters, electronic messages, mailings and brochures. In addition, he trained nearly 1,200 employees across Brazil on ways to improve safety while traveling. The safety program became so popular that it is now being implemented at other DEI facilities.

Jeff Foster’s management of Catawba Nuclear Station’s (CNS) radiation protection efforts led to improvements in radiological safety across the site. Annually, Duke Energy conducts an internal grading of its nuclear stations on radiological safety measures. Foster set out to improve the station’s ratings by creating a self-improvement culture where personnel would examine industry best practices, conduct self-assessments and document areas for improvement.

Foster’s team performed 33 benchmarking trips to study how other industry leaders were handling particular issues. The team also conducted 37 self-assessments and upgraded or created procedures to improve overall radiological safety. As a result of Foster’s leadership, the CNS work force reduced the number of personnel contamination events for the year and minimized radiation exposure, earning Catawba Nuclear Station its highest grade for radiological safety.

Nob Zalme and Lisa Wear partnered to spearhead site improvements that have enhanced the value of project WILD, an environmental education program at Buck Steam Station, one of Duke Energy’s coal-fired generating stations. Project WILD is a joint effort between Duke Energy, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Horizons Unlimited of Rowan-Salisbury Schools and Ducks Unlimited.

Since 1996, project WILD has offered educational programs for school-aged children, allowing them an opportunity to observe bluebirds, butterflies, heron, tree frogs and other wild animals. Zalme and Wear led efforts to build a 30-by-60-foot shelter with picnic tables that would provide the children a place to take notes, have lunch and engage in other educational activities. The shelter also gave other community organizations the opportunity to utilize the facility. The Junior ROTC for Rowan-Salisbury Schools has utilized it for challenge competitions and it has helped further educational opportunities for students in Rowan and Davie county schools.

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in the Americas. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com.

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