On August 27, the Exelon Corporation announced its intentions to close its Dresden Generating Station. State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) issued the following statement in response:
"If our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint, nuclear generation plays an integral role in Illinoisâ€™ energy portfolio. As the Minority Spokesperson on the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee and the State Senator who represents the district where the Dresden Generating Station is located, the announced nuclear plant closure is a devastating economic blow to our region and will impede Illinoisâ€™ ability to achieve our clean energy goals.
"Dresden plays a vital role in our region's economy, providing more than 800 well-paying jobs and more than $24 million in property taxes annually. We must do everything we can to ensure that this facility continues to operate to preserve jobs for the hundreds of people employed by this facility and the many local businesses they support in their communities."