Nuclear Plant Future Uncertain

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Clinton – A major employer.  One of the largest contributors to the local tax base.  Dewitt County leaders are uncertain about the Clinton Power Stations future.

For nearly a year now employees of the Exelon owned nuclear plant have been waiting to hear if the plant has a future or whether it will eventually be closed.

State Representative Bill Mitchell, (R) Forsyth, is expected to meet with Exelon representatives on Monday.  At that time he is hopeful to get a better picture of the company's long term plans.

“The Clinton power plant is a major economic engine for Central Illinois,” said Mitchell.  “Families throughout the area depend on it for good-paying jobs and our schools and other units of local government receive significant tax revenues from the plant.”

On Friday, Mitchell and Dewitt County officials launched a petition drive to keep the plant open.  “I'm urging folks to join this petition drive to keep good-paying jobs here in Central Illinois,” Mitchell stated.

Mitchell told WAND State Capitol reporter Doug Wolfe losing the power station would have a “disastrous” impact on Clinton, Decatur and surrounding communities.  The plant provides nearly 700 jobs at an annual payroll of $54 million and generating $13 million in tax payments.

(Pictured: State Rep. Mitchell with a petition in support on the Clinton Power Station.)

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