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  • Resources
    FirstEnergy Diversity Inclusion Career Paths Student Opportunities Military Hiring Process Search Jobs Environmental Our Initiatives Commitment to Better Energy FAQs Resources Useful Links Environmental Glossary Contact Us Speakers Bureau Environmental Resources Resources Want to learn more about the environment We have compiled links to useful information as well as an environmental glossary Useful Links Environmental Glossary Last Modified February 7 2016 FirstEnergy Home About FirstEnergy Newsroom Investors Social Media FirstEnergy

    Original URL path: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/environmental/resources.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Cleaner Energy Resources
    sulfur dioxide SO 2 by 95 percent and mercury by 91 percent over 1990 levels at its power plants As a result the company s generating fleet will be nearly 100 percent low or non emitting FirstEnergy has set an aggressive goal of reducing carbon dioxide CO 2 emissions by at least 90 percent below 2005 levels by 2045 building on the 25 percent reduction in CO 2 emissions already achieved across the company s footprint This goal represents a potential reduction of more than 80 million tons of CO 2 emissions and is among the most aggressive targets in the utility industry Actions planned for the future to reduce CO 2 emissions and transition to cleaner energy sources include Continuing to invest in cost effective wind solar and hydro generation resources Maintaining fuel diversity including nuclear and natural gas Investing in advanced technologies to enhance carbon reduction at coal generation facilities Developing a Resource Diversification Program that includes energy efficiency programs and renewable energy resources Providing significant funding for energy efficiency and weatherization programs for low income customers Encouraging the development of storage technologies that support more widespread use of intermittent generation sources Did You Know FirstEnergy is a leader in pursuing new ventures and technologies that show promise in achieving reductions in CO 2 emissions We are One of the largest providers of wind energy in the region with sales of more than 1 million MWH per year of wind generation from capacity under contract Collaborating with the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership one of several regional partnerships established by the Department of Energy DOE Supporting afforestation growing forests on non forested land and other efforts designed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere Participating in the U S Environmental Protection Agency s SF6 sulfur hexafluoride Emissions Reduction Partnership

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  • Waste Management
    FirstEnergy Diversity Inclusion Career Paths Student Opportunities Military Hiring Process Search Jobs Environmental Our Initiatives Cleaner Energy Resources Waste Management Recycling Waste Minimization Program Responsible Byproduct Disposal Conservation Commitment to Better Energy FAQs Resources Contact Us Speakers Bureau Environmental Our Initiatives Waste Management Waste Management FirstEnergy has a long term commitment to waste minimization source reduction and environmentally sound recycling These programs protect the environment while also creating positive economic value for our company Recycling FirstEnergy s recycling facility at the Bruce Mansfield Plant in Shippingport Pennsylvania turns a typically unusable by product of the facility s scrubber system into commercial grade gypsum used to produce wallboard Launched in 1999 it s the single largest recycling project in North America Responsible Byproduct Disposal FirstEnergy operates a diverse fleet that includes coal nuclear natural gas oil and renewable generating sources The company is committed to responsible disposal of materials created as part of the power generation process Waste Minimization Program Waste minimization is a prevention strategy rather than an end of pipe treatment strategy The reduction or elimination of waste generated at its source is the priority Last Modified February 8 2016 FirstEnergy Home About FirstEnergy Newsroom Investors Social Media FirstEnergy

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  • Conservation
    Edison Environmental Our Initiatives Stewardship Community Community Involvement Economic Development Speakers Bureau Newsroom News Releases Company Profile Outage Information Media Contacts Social Media Investors News Market Information SEC Filings Reports Financial Information Stock Info Analyst Coverage Fixed Income Investors Shareholder Services Corporate Governance Investor Contacts Careers Why FirstEnergy Diversity Inclusion Career Paths Student Opportunities Military Hiring Process Search Jobs Environmental Our Initiatives Cleaner Energy Resources Waste Management Conservation Green Buildings Tree Care and Management Land Protection Reclamation Remediation Wildlife Diversity Projects Commitment to Better Energy FAQs Resources Contact Us Speakers Bureau Environmental Our Initiatives Conservation Conservation At FirstEnergy we continually strive to protect the environment and remain good stewards of our natural resources Examples of our environmental efforts can be found throughout our service area Green buildings Land protection reclamation and remediation Tree care and management Wildlife diversity projects Last Modified February 8 2016 FirstEnergy Home About FirstEnergy Newsroom Investors Social Media FirstEnergy Solutions Environment Community Economic Development Careers Privacy Legal Statement Website Terms of Use Our Electric Companies Ohio Edison The Illuminating Company Toledo Edison Met Ed Penelec Penn Power West Penn Power Jersey Central Power Light Mon Power Potomac Edison Do Business with Us Supplier Services Supply Chain

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  • Green Buildings
    Management Land Protection Reclamation Remediation Wildlife Diversity Projects Commitment to Better Energy FAQs Resources Contact Us Speakers Bureau Environmental Our Initiatives Conservation Green Buildings Green Buildings View Photo Gallery Image Image Image Image FirstEnergy s West Akron Campus home to the company s Information Technology group and competitive subsidiary is among the largest office building in northeast Ohio to be awarded Gold Level Certification by the U S Green Building Council s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED program Construction on the building was completed in 2008 The company s West Virginia Operations Headquarters in Fairmont W Va which is home to Mon Power utility operations and a regional transmission control center also received LEED certification after it was completed in 2010 It was among the first buildings in the area to receive LEED certification Most recently the 70 000 square foot Akron transmission control center completed in 2013 achieved Silver LEED certification Transmission control centers utilize advanced computer systems to monitor electrical grid reliability LEED is an internationally recognized third party green building certification system that recognizes buildings that have met the highest possible green building standards and verifies a project s level of environmental responsibility and ability

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  • Land Protection, Reclamation & Remediation
    locations of power plants ash storage facilities and historic manufactured gas plants Work is under way at many of these sites and planned at others throughout our service area Some of these sites date back more than 100 years to a time when the importance of environmental protection was not widely understood or recognized We are dedicated to a course of environmental remediation that restores the land to use and mitigates any potential hazards left behind by previous activity Navarre Marsh Wetlands Protection and Education The Navarre Marsh at our Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station occupies about 730 acres of wetlands on the southwest shore of Lake Erie It is a home to a wide range of wildlife including deer coyotes fox bald eagles ducks geese hawks owls heron egrets rabbits squirrels muskrats mink snakes and turtles This marsh is part of a larger area once known as the Great Black Swamp which stretched from Detroit Michigan to Vermilion Ohio This area is important for many migratory birds because it serves as a stopping point along two major flyways Seasonal water levels are controlled to promote plant growth and support bird populations Davis Besse owns the marsh and in conjunction with the U S Fish and Wildlife Service operates it as part of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge FirstEnergy restored this wetland with cooperation from local officials and environmentalists The marsh is divided into three parts by a series of dikes and banks and there are three types of wetlands in the area freshwater marsh swamp forest and wet meadow This diversity provides food shelter and nesting Davis Besse has been and will continue to be involved in projects like this as well as other programs with groups such as The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge The Ohio Division of Wildlife The Black Swamp Bird Observatory Ducks Unlimited Pheasants Forever The Ottawa Soil and Conservation District Marsh management Davis Besse employees help maintain roads and dikes on the marsh property as well as provide security Because water levels are vital to wetland management Davis Besse workers use electric pumps to lower the marsh pools after spring migrations to promote vegetation throughout the summer In early fall the water levels are increased to accommodate southward migrations The birds arrive at the marsh to rest and to feed on a variety of food such as millet smartweed and nutgrass before continuing on their long journey American Bald Eagles In 1994 a pair of eagles nested on the site for the first time in recent history A healthy eaglet hatched in June of 1995 and fledged just before a storm claimed the nest A platform and nest was later constructed in the same spot but failed to produce more young By 1999 a new male appeared in the area along with a new nest resulting in two healthy eaglets by the spring of 2000 The Black Swamp Bird Observatory The Navarre Marsh is the site of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory s BSBO primary

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  • Tree Care and Management
    in tree care and vegetation management programs The awards recognize the tree care programs run by FirstEnergy s 10 electric utility companies in Ohio Pennsylvania New Jersey West Virginia and Maryland The Tree Line USA program honors utilities that strive to promote the dual goals of dependable utility service and abundant healthy trees along America s streets and highways To achieve the Tree Line USA designation companies must meet five program standards Follow industry criteria for quality tree care Provide annual training for employees in best tree care practices Sponsor tree planting and public education programs on appropriate plantings Maintain a tree based energy conservation program Participate in Arbor Day events Reforestation Reforestation is important to FirstEnergy because forests enable natural sequestration for carbon dioxide CO 2 We are involved in a reforestation project with the Ohio Division of Forestry in Sandusky County Ohio Nearly 30 000 seedlings were planted on this 69 acre site in 2001 In addition to serving as wildlife habitat and helping to prevent soil erosion these trees will absorb CO 2 from the atmosphere By the time the trees are 70 years old they will have absorbed an estimated 4 860 tons of CO 2 UtiliTree FirstEnergy is one of 40 electric utilities that comprise the UtiliTree Carbon Company This non profit organization sponsors a portfolio of forestry projects that manage greenhouse gases especially CO 2 UtiliTree projects include a diverse mix of rural tree planting on over 3500 acres of land with over 1 million trees planted forest preservation forest management and research efforts at domestic sites in Arkansas Louisiana Mississippi and Oregon and international sites in Belize and Malaysia Why is FirstEnergy involved in carbon management Forestry initiatives are an effective and economical way to reduce CO 2 emissions Carbon dioxide can be

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  • Wildlife Diversity
    Diversity Projects We are proud to be a part of the effort to protect threatened birds of prey Once approaching extinction peregrine falcons now thrive in special nesting boxes placed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ODNR at our Bay Shore Eastlake and Lake Shore power plants Our Jersey Central Power Light subsidiary partners with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to boost the declining American Kestrel population in that state Nesting boxes have been placed on utility poles in prime kestrel habitats to replace the declining number of natural nesting sites Also our linemen annually assist the U S Army Corps of Engineers and the ODNR in banding osprey chicks living in nests built near FirstEnergy transmission towers Our efforts play an important role in protecting these endangered birds of prey View Photo Gallery Image Image Image Image Image Image Peregrine Falcons Take Up Residence at the FirstEnergy Facilities Capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 mph the peregrine falcon is the fastest bird in the world Once classified as an endangered species these magnificent birds of prey are increasing in population with three FirstEnergy Lake Erie power plants playing a role in this raptor renaissance In 2005 the first generation of FirstEnergy falcon chicks was hatched at the Eastlake Plant in Eastlake Ohio Plant personnel worked closely with representatives of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to band the fledglings and enter the data into a regional peregrine falcon database By tracking the band numbers the mother of the chicks was identified as Starbright born at a power plant in southwest Ohio while the father was Jerry born under an interstate bridge in Cleveland In 2007 FirstEnergy s feathered family expanded as falcon chicks were hatched at

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