with Platte River's commitment to environmental stewardship,
all decisions and operations are guided by a Board of Directors-approved
Environmental Policy and Principles that benefit the health and
wellbeing of individuals both inside and outside of the organization.
Platte River Power Authority, as a publicly owned and operated electric utility,
is sensitive to the impact that its facilities and operations can have on the environment.
Therefore, it is the policy of Platte River in carrying out its mission of providing
electric energy to its customers (i) to protect the environment, (ii) to operate its
facilities in compliance with all local, state and federal environmental regulations,
and (iii) to be a good steward of the environment even in areas of its operation where
regulations do not exist.
Platte River Power Authority's Board of Directors adopted the following policy statement
on May 25, 1995.
To implement this policy, the Platte River Board of Directors has adopted the following principles to
guide the organization in its decision-making and operations:
River will consider environmental factors as an integral part
of planning, design, construction, and operating decisions.
River will reinforce environmental compliance through program
reviews, training, and by communicating environmental values
throughout the organization.
River will encourage public participation in planning for the
location of major facilities as a means of avoiding and resolving
conflicts and to achieve a balance between the need for economic
electric supply and environmental quality.
River will conserve natural resources such as water, soils,
grasslands, and wetland areas through efficient use and careful
planning. Where needed, Platte River will restore land disturbed
by its operations or construction.
River will encourage employees to bring environmental issues
forward to assure Platte River's compliance with applicable
laws, rules, regulations, and permits.
River will strive to reduce environmental health and safety
risks to its employees and the communities in which it operates
by (i) maintaining safe and healthful working conditions,
(ii) the design and operation of its facilities, and (iii) being
prepared for emergencies.
River will manage the disposal of waste material in an environmentally
responsible manner, will recycle the materials it uses whenever
possible, and will use recycled materials where appropriate.
River will work with its customers to support cost-effective
programs to conserve energy.
River will coordinate its generation and transmission planning
with neighboring utilities to minimize overbuilding or underutilization.
River will consider environmentally progressive technologies
such as wind, solar power, or other renewable technologies
to meet its future generation needs.