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Energy for Life Blood Drive 2001 Collects More Than 5,000 Units

WASHINGTON—The nuclear industry and its employees contributed a different kind of energy to their communities throughout the United States during the Energy for Life Nuclear Energy Blood Drive. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), in conjunction with America's Blood Centers and the American Red Cross, sponsored Energy for Life blood drives before the July 4th holiday at 39 nuclear-related organizations across the nation, collecting more than 5,000 units of blood.

"Just as energy is needed to operate the lights we need to see and to power the machines we use, especially those in a hospital, blood is needed by more than 4.5 million Americans who receive life-saving transfusions every year," said Jeanne Dariotis, President, America's Blood Centers. "America's Blood Centers' national network of community-based blood centers is proud to partner with the Nuclear Energy Institute and its member companies to provide a much-needed boost of energy and blood to cancer patients, transplant recipients and to victims of accidents. NEI is setting the bar for week-long corporate blood drive programs, which we hope others will emulate," Ms.
Dariotis said.

During this second annual Energy for Life blood drive, nuclear-related organizations collected blood at 65 different sites throughout the country. The 5,000 plus units of blood collected, a fivefold increase from a year ago, represent a significant contribution toward preventing severe blood shortages during the period of low supply around the July 4th holiday. Energy for Life Nuclear Energy Blood Drive Week 2002 will be held June 24-28, 2002. To learn more about donating and the location of the blood center nearest you, please visit the web sites of America's Blood Centers,, or the American Red Cross, Donors may call toll free – 1-888-BLOOD-88 or 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

"The American Red Cross is grateful to everyone that helped to save countless lives by giving blood during Nuclear Energy Blood Drive Week 2001," said Joyce Williams, Vice President Donor Services. "We encourage those who gave the gift of life during this week to give all year at their local blood donation center or blood drive."

“This blood drive was truly an industrywide effort to ensure an adequate blood supply in our communities for the 4th of July holiday week. The nuclear industry has always been actively engaged with the customers and communities they serve and their traditional strong support of community blood drives is a commitment they stand by year after year,” said Angie Howard, executive vice president at NEI. “By contributing more than 5,000 units of blood to our communities, the nuclear industry together with the American Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers has made a valuable contribution across the nation.”

The following nuclear-related organizations participated in this second annual national Energy for Life 2001 program:


  • AmerenUE
  • AmerGen Energy Company, LLC
  • American Electric Power Nuclear
  • Generation
  • Arizona Public Service Company
  • Constellation Energy Group, Inc.
  • Consolidated Edison Co. of N.Y. Inc. –
  • Nuclear Operations
  • Consumers Energy
  • The Detroit Edison Company
  • Dominion Generation
  • Duke Power Company
  • Edlow International Company
  • Energy Northwest
  • Entergy Nuclear
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station
  • Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Nuclear Management Company, LLC
  • Alliant Energy
  • CMS Energy Corporation
  • Wisconsin Electric Power
  • Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
  • Xcel Energy
  • Omaha Public Power District
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • PPL Corporation
  • Progress Energy, Inc.
  • Carolina Power & Light Company
  • Florida Power Corporation
  • PSEG Nuclear LLC
  • Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation
  • Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant
  • South Carolina Electric & Gas Company
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • Southern Nuclear Operating Company
  • STP Nuclear Operating Company
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • TXU Electric & Gas
  • Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power
  • Corporation
  • Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating
  • Corporation

For specific blood drive locations and results please contact Sherry Reilly at 202-739-8143.


The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at .