Exelon Generation submits decommissioning plans for Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants

WARRENVILLE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Exelon Generation, owner and operator of the Byron and Dresden nuclear power facilities, will today file post-arrest dismantling activity reports (PSDARs) with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, detailing plans long-term restoration of the sites for the two plants after their closure. to fall. The deposits are part of the final stages of retirement from power plants, which face hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue due to low energy prices and market policies that give fossil fuel power plants an edge unfair competition. In the absence of a legislative solution, these same market inequalities will force the company to close its nuclear facilities in Braidwood and LaSalle over the next few years. Click here for a list of all shutdown activities performed to date.

With the PSDARs completed, Exelon Generation is now preparing to issue layoff notices to employees affected by the plant closures. Workforces at the factories will drop from nearly 1,500 employees when retirements were announced last August, to just 30 to 40 employees over the next 10 years.

With the first of the plants just weeks away from permanent closure, policymakers continue to work on legislation that would preserve the four plants as part of an overall plan to maintain and grow clean energy jobs, maintain affordable energy bills and achieve net goals. zero emissions by 2050.

Chicago-area factories support 28,000 direct and indirect jobs and contribute $3.5 billion annually to the Illinois economy. Closing the two factories will have an immediate environmental impact equivalent to putting an additional 4.4 million cars on the road, emitting carbon and other harmful sources of air pollution.

“With no signs of progress on clean energy legislation in Springfield, we have no choice but to take these final steps toward plant closures,” said Dave Rhoades, nuclear director at Exelon Generation. “We will never stop fighting for policies to preserve Illinois’ nuclear fleet, knowing that the minute these plants close, our customers will experience dirtier air and higher energy costs. But time is running out, we must plan for the future and do all we can to prepare our employees and the communities they serve for what lies ahead.

As part of the decommissioning process, Exelon Generation has up to 60 years to restore Byron and Dresden, which includes transportation of spent fuel from the plants to long-term storage, decontamination and removal of plant components and the razing of the remaining buildings.

PJM, the regional grid operator, has confirmed that the two plants can withdraw without jeopardizing the overall reliability of the grid. However, the massive loss of clean generation in the state means that Illinois will have to rely more on fossil fuel power located in environmental justice communities and surrounding states to meet the needs of homes and businesses in the state. ‘Illinois. Increasing production from fossil plants will increase carbon and other harmful emissions and force Illinois consumers to support jobs in other states through their energy bills.

The filing of the PSDAR with the NRC is one of the few remaining regulatory steps required before the plants are closed. Byron is expected to close in September and Dresden in November.

About Exelon Generation

Exelon Generation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), is the nation’s largest carbon-free power producer, powering more than 20 million homes and businesses through a diverse generation fleet about 30,000 megawatts. Exelon Generation owns and operates the largest US fleet of zero-carbon nuclear power plants with more than 17,800 megawatts from 21 reactors at 12 facilities in Illinois, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. It also owns and operates a diverse mix of wind, solar, hydroelectric, natural gas and oil facilities in 18 states with approximately 12,000 megawatts. Exelon Generation sets the standard for operating world-class power plants that produce clean, safe and reliable electricity, and is an active partner and economic driver in the communities it serves by providing jobs, charitable contributions and tax payments that help cities and regions grow. Follow Exelon Generation on Twitter @ExelonGen, check out the Exelon Generation YouTube channel or visit exeloncorp.com.

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