Preserving the Chesapeake Bay Region
The environmental staff at Calvert Cliffs partners with government agencies and environmental organizations to preserve and protect the natural treasures of Calvert County and the Chesapeake Bay region. Unit 3 at Calvert Cliffs is designed to minimize its impacts on the local environment. The proposed site is adjacent to an existing power plant, and it is better for the environment to expand our existing facilities than to disturb new areas. The new unit will build on the long history of environmental stewardship at Calvert Cliffs. For these reasons, the Calvert Cliffs campus is an ideal place to site a third unit.
Calvert Cliffs Units 1 & 2 were built in the 1970s, and since then, the plant has worked hard to preserve its unique surroundings. Calvert Cliffs participates in Maryland’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which promotes the planting of trees and deep-rooted grasses to reduce runoff. The site remains home to native wildlife such as wild turkeys, bobwhite quail, deer and many varieties of trees and flowers.
Unit 3 must comply with the same rigorous environmental testing as Units 1 & 2. The Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environment Protection Agency regularly monitor water and air quality to ensure the facility is producing energy in a clean, safe and reliable manner. The existing facility has a strong environmental compliance record, and the same high standards will apply to the new reactor.
Calvert Cliffs in the Community
The majority of employees at Calvert Cliffs live in the county. Employees and management of Unit 3 will continue the proud tradition of leadership, volunteerism and community involvement that have helped make Calvert County a great place to live and raise their families.