Mayors: Closure of nuclear plants would hurt cities

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 CLINTON -- Mayors from six Illinois communities are warning of potential economic consequences if three nuclear power plants close in their areas.

Exelon Corp. has said it might have to shutter at least three of its six nuclear plants in Illinois if they can't be made profitable long-term. The six mayors sent letters to Gov. Bruce Rauner and top state lawmakers, saying the plants are essential to their communities.

The nuclear facilities that Exelon says could close includes the plant in Clinton. The company says the plants are having a hard time competing with other energy sources like wind that get tax breaks.

A report from several state agencies released last month said penalizing competitors that emit carbon dioxide could help Exelon's nuclear facilities stay open.

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