Columbia, AL (WTVY) - Hundreds gathered in eastern Houston County Tuesday to celebrate Farley Nuclear Plant's 40th anniversary.
Farley began operation in December 1977.
At that time, it was only designed to be in service for 40 years.
Through the years, the company was able to find that they can operate for longer periods of time.
Right now, the company is licensed to run for 60 years.
That means the license runs out in 2037.
Dennis Madison, Site Vice-President at Farley says:
"Our goal is that we'll be such a value to our company and community that we'll be asked to operate even longer so right now our goal is 80 years of life so 2037 and beyond is our goal."
Farley can generate enough energy to supply 450,000 Alabama homes.
The plant employs about 900 people.