Oswego, N.Y. -- Entergy Nuclear Northeast’s James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear
Power Plant recently announced its plans to partner with Alcan Aluminum and the
Oswego County Habitat for Humanity to help build homes in the Oswego area.
Entergy’s FitzPatrick plant has pledged both financial and volunteer support
Alcan, the Aluminum Association, and local Habitats for Humanity have been
working together on the "Aluminum Cans Build Habitat for Humanity
Homes" program for some time. Alcan’s Works Manager Buddy Stemple said,
"With Entergy’s and FitzPatrick’s support, we’ll be able to move
quickly toward our goal of building another home in 2002. We’re thrilled they’re
partnering with us in this humanitarian effort."
FitzPatrick’s Vice President Operations Ted Sullivan said, "One of our
goals at FitzPatrick was to select one new community initiative for the year.
Several of our employees suggested Habitat For Humanity to our contributions
review committee, Project Share, who recommended that we provide support through
next year." Sullivan added, "All of our employees are thrilled with
the committee's selection. Combining the skills of FitzPatrick's and Alcan's
workforce with leadership from the local Habitat group, we are confident that we
will build a home for a deserving family in our community." More than 1,450
employees work at the two Oswego plants.
"Oswego County Habitat for Humanity is very excited to form a new
corporate partnership with Entergy," said George Nosko, Oswego County
Habitat for Humanity president. "With the help of corporate sponsors such
as Entergy and Alcan, Habitat is able to help deserving families become
homeowners. This donation will let us expand our reach throughout Oswego,
fulfilling our charter of helping all Oswego County residents." Nosko
added, "Entergy's support helps secure the financial portion of our goal of
building a house in 2002. We can now begin the next steps of site and family
selection while still continuing the rehabilitation of our house in
Nosko said this is big step in the growth of the Habitat organization. He
challenged, "So the call is now out, for even more volunteers and families
for these houses."
"We at FitzPatrick are excited to be a part of such a good cause,"
said Sullivan. "This project is consistent with Entergy's values, one of
which is to enhance the quality of life in our communities."
The Oswego County Habitat for Humanity is working on a small home in Fulton,
the second house project for the local group. The first house, also located in
Fulton, was completed in 1998. The Oswego County Habitat for Humanity is the
locally run affiliate of the international organization.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual, and corporate donors
provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor—"sweat equity"—into building their homes and homes of others. Their interest-free mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity used to build more houses.
Habitat for Humanity has built more than 100,000 houses around the world
providing more than 500,000 people in more than 2,000 communities with safe,
decent, affordable shelter. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976.
The nuclear businesses of Entergy Corporation are headquartered in Jackson,
Miss. Entergy, a global energy company based in New Orleans, is the third
largest power generator in the nation with more than 30,000 megawatts of
generating capacity, about $10 billion in revenue and over 2.6 million
customers. Entergy's nuclear businesses encompass five power reactors at four
locations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana under regulatory jurisdictions,
and four reactors at three sites in Massachusetts and New York. Entergy Nuclear
has also signed an agreement to purchase the Vermont Yankee plant at Vernon,
Vt., and expects to close that transaction in the second quarter of 2002.
Entergy Nuclear also furnishes license renewal and decommissioning services to the U.S. nuclear power industry.