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Exelon closing Byron nuclear plant in September '21, Morris plant to follow, La Salle, Braidwood 'at risk'

Steam flows from the cooling towers of both units at Exelon's Byron Generating Station in April. The Byron Nuclear Plant will be retired in September 2021, Exelon Generation announced this morning. The Dresden plant in Morris will be closed that November, and the LaSalle and Braidwood plants are at risk of being closed, the release said.
Steam flows from the cooling towers of both units at Exelon's Byron Generating Station in April. The Byron Nuclear Plant will be retired in September 2021, Exelon Generation announced this morning. The Dresden plant in Morris will be closed that November, and the LaSalle and Braidwood plants are at risk of being closed, the release said.

BYRON – The Byron Nuclear Plant will be retired in September 2021, Exelon Generation announced in a news release this morning.

The Dresden plant in Morris will be closed that November.

The company cited low energy prices and the potential loss of "hundreds of millions of dollars" because of market rules that favor fossil fuel plants.

The plants have more than 1,500 full-time employees and employ more than 2,000 supplemental workers during refueling outages, most from local union halls, the release said.

Their four nuclear generation units supply energy to more than 4 million homes and businesses in northern Illinois. They also pay nearly $63 million in taxes annually that support schools, fire, police and other services, the release said.

The Byron plant was licensed to operate for another 20 years.

The LaSalle and Braidwood nuclear stations also are at high risk for premature closure, the release said.

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