Exelon Nuclear has been awarded a safety accolade, the company has announced.

The US-based utility will receive the 2010 Green Cross for Safety Medal from the US National Safety Council (NSC).

The NSC hands out the annual award to firms that demonstrate a “commitment to improving safety and health in the workplace, its community and safety leadership by all levels of the organisation”.

Exelon Nuclear operates ten stations with 17 reactors and generates about 20% of the US nuclear industry’s power capacity, powering more than 17 million households.

Exelon said its plants use environmental monitoring programmes to protect workers, the public and the environment.

The firm also aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 15 million tons of carbon dioxide through its 2020 carbon emissions reduction initiative.