Environmental & Safety
CIPCO takes the role of environmental stewardship very seriously. For decades, we have been making investments in new technology for our electric generation and transmission systems to reduce the environmental impact. We have a long history of environmental compliance as well as an internal audit program that has confirmed our accountability and responsibility in the environmental arena. CIPCO maintains and abides by the permit requirements for both air emissions and water resources that we use. Shown at right is Walter Scott Energy Center #4 which utilizes the latest environmental air quality control system with state-of-the-art pollution controls to keep emissions in check.
The safety and health of CIPCO employees is of paramount importance. All employees participate in monthly safety meetings and look for opportunities that will make the workplace safer. We take great pride in the fact that injuries are few and if injuries occur, they are thoroughly investigated and used as a learning opportunity for all.
CIPCO also carefully examines close call/near miss incidents and utilizes an incident/injury prevention program called Stop-Think-Observe-Proceed (STOP). The STOP initiative is designed to encourage employees to share examples of incidents when they have identified a hazard, the danger it posed, and what was done to eliminate it.
It is important that we keep informed on safety requirements and trends in our industry, therefore CIPCO is an active member of:
• National Safety Council
• Iowa-Illinois Safety Council
• National Fire Protection Association
• Iowa Electric Utility Safety and Training Association
We conduct facility inspections at our generation stations and conduct field observations of transmission operations work practices. Our efforts are designed to establish a work environment for our employees as safe as we can make it. The standard of performance is high, but CIPCO has repeatedly proven that we are up to the task.
If you have any questions regarding our safety programs, please contact Rex Butler, Manager, Environmental & Safety at (319) 366-8011.