DTE Energy Fermi 2 Power Plant Receives Renewal of MIOSHA's Highest Award for Workplace Safety and Health

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February 23, 2018 - The DTE Energy Fermi 2 Power Plant received renewal of its Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award, the state's highest workplace safety and health award, from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The MIOSHA program is part of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

"The safety focused culture at Fermi 2 exemplifies the best of the best in employee involvement toward workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. "We applaud the company’s stellar achievement where safe and healthy facility operations result in fewer injuries and illnesses for employees.”  

A best practice example at the plant are daily site alignment meetings where all station leaders communicate plant status including any risks associated with scheduled work, challenges to the safe and reliable operation of the facility, and priorities for the day. Any new industrial safety events are discussed in detail to immediately align efforts toward initiating the necessary corrective actions to address these issues.

MIOSHA established the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) in 1996 to recognize employers actively working toward achieving excellence in workplace safety and health. Since 1999, Michigan has recognized 25 MVPP Star companies. This is the most prestigious safety and health award given in Michigan. Fermi 2 first received MVPP Star approval on May 7, 2004.

“We at Fermi 2 are proud to be recognized as a MVPP Star workplace,” said Victor Lynch, CSP, Safety & Human Performance Program Manager at Fermi 2. “We are thankful for our long-standing relationship with MIOSHA and believe this shows our commitment to safety. In the words of our site motto, we are excited to continue our journey toward excellence ‘Proud, but never satisfied.’”

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant is a 1,170-megawatt boiling water reactor located in Newport, MI.  The facility employs approximately 850 workers and produces approximately 20 percent of the power generated by DTE Energy. The Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Local No. 223, represents the utility employees.

At 1.1 million kilowatts, Fermi 2 represents 30 percent of Michigan’s total nuclear generation capacity -- enough electricity to serve a city of about one million people.  Since it began commercial operation in 1988, the plant has produced more than 200 billion kilowatt hours of electricity for DTE Energy customers.

DTE Energy (www.dteenergy.com) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy related businesses and services nationwide. It’s operating subsidiaries are DTE Electric Company (formerly Detroit Edison) serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan; and DTE Gas Company (formerly Michigan Consolidated Gas Company), serving 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan.

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