Jesiel: Zion Station decommissioning moves forward

ZION – State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) joined fellow members of the Zion Station Community Advisory Panel (ZCAP) in presenting their quarterly report to area residents this week, updating the public on progress as the decommissioning of Zion Station remains on schedule.

ZCAP is a volunteer, non-regulatory body formed to enhance open communication, public involvement and education on Zion Station decommissioning activities. Comprised of representatives selected from legislative, business and community groups, ZCAP is required to meet quarterly, or on an as-needed basis, but no fewer than two times a year. Meetings are open to the public with a public comment period included.

“Serving on ZCAP is a tremendous privilege for me to represent the energy and environmental concerns of northern Lake County families,” said Rep. Jesiel, who just completed her first quarter on the panel after taking over for former State Rep. JoAnn Osmond (R-Antioch) in July.  “This project continues to support vital local jobs. We will continue to keep the public informed every step along the way as we work to ensure accountability and transparency throughout the process."
 
The decommissioning of Zion Station officially began September 1, 2010. The $1 billion, 10-year project will be the largest commercial nuclear plant dismantling ever undertaken in the United States, requiring an average of 200 skilled workers each year, most of them local, and a peak workforce of 400.
 
At the completion of the project, responsibility for the 200-acre site will transfer back to Exelon and will be available for other unrestricted commercial uses. A portion of the Zion property also will continue to house the existing electrical transmission switchyard and related equipment that is of great importance to the electricity supply in northern Illinois.
 
Please contact Representative Jesiel’s District Office in Gurnee with any questions at 847-855-8600.
 
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