As a mom, my son’s safety is everything to me. Like any little boy, he’s a ball of energy and loves to run around and play. When he gets a “boo-boo,” I wipe away the tears, hold him a little tighter and kiss it to make it feel better. It’s what all good mothers do.
This Mother’s Day, we celebrate moms everywhere. For me, it’s not about expensive gifts or a fancy dinner out. It’s the little things that matter the most – from the giggles and laughter to snuggling under a warm blanket. Most importantly, it’s knowing that when I tuck him in at night, I know he is safe.
His safety and your safety are part of who I am. In addition to being a mother, I also work at PSEG’s Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants, where we produce safe, clean power. I grew up in Salem County and have lived near the plants all my life. There’s no place safer and nowhere else I would want to work or raise my family.
I’m often asked if it’s safe to work at a nuclear plant. As an environmental and licensing engineer, I know firsthand the federal and state rules and regulations we must follow to protect the public health. In fact, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are at the plant every day to ensure we operate safely.
But to me and my coworkers, it’s about more than compliance. We understand our job is to protect the health and safety of the public. It’s a responsibility that guides every decision. Every action we take is built upon safety.
Nuclear power is so safe and clean that, when I became pregnant, I had no concerns about working inside the plants. I worked during my entire pregnancy, went full-term and gave birth to the most amazing and healthy little boy. I’ve worked with many other expectant mothers at our nuclear plants and we have always felt safe.
This Mother’s Day, know that I am a mom, just like you, who goes to work every day and can’t wait to get home to my sweet little munchkin! And when you turn off the light and say goodnight, know that there are moms out there, just like you, who work very hard to provide you the power behind that light switch.
Environmental and Licensing Engineer, PSEG Nuclear