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Flint Creek coal-fired power plant wins WHC Pollinator Advocate Award

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AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s Flint Creek coal-fired power plant has received a 2015 Pollinator Advocate Award from the Wildlife Habitat Council.

Flint Creek is a 528 MW coal-fired power plant serving base load electricity needs of co-owners AEP SWEPCO and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC). SWEPCO operates the plant.

During the recent WHC Conservation Conference, the award was presented in cooperation with the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Pollinators include bees, birds, bats and other insects and animals that spread pollen so plant fertilisation can occur.

At the conference, Flint Creek also was recognised for recertification under WHC’s Corporate Lands for Learning programme. The plant has held certification under the program since 2004 and under WHC’s Wildlife at Work program since 2002. The two programmes are being combined into WHC’s new Conservation Certification, and Flint Creek will be certified from 2016 through 2018.

The Pollinator Advocate Award acknowledges the work of Flint Creek employees and community volunteers. The efforts are led by retired Flint Creek chemist Terry Stanfill, who supervises the Flint Creek Eagle Watch Nature Trail. Stanfill has maintained and championed an environmental education and stewardship programme at the Gentry, Ark., power plant for many years.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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