Forum Held Regarding Two Endangered Western Illinois Nuclear Power Plants
Unions co-sponsored a forum on nuclear energy in Illinois. It's part of an effort to save two nuclear plants that Exelon is attempting to close.
The company says the plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities are losing money, and it's asking the state to increase electricity rates as a subsidy. So far, lawmakers haven't taken up that request.
Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos represents a portion of the Quad Cities. She says the nuclear plant has benefited the state since it opened roughly 40 years go.
"It produces energy that help light Chicago, and many parts of the state of Illinois. It helps keep businesses running -- you know exactly what nuclear power does. But it also helps reduce the carbon emissions."
Bustos called on the state to save the plant and the jobs it supports in her community.
Talks between Exelon, environmentalists, and the renewable energy industry are ongoing.