decommissioning and site restoration

of the Zion Station

Decommissioning activities would create significant economic benefits for the state and the 7 county region in northeastern Illinois. Over the ten years that the project is estimated to take, direct economic activities would generate approximately $390 million in new economic output, 1,570 man-years of employment, and almost $150 million in employ-ment compensation throughout the Illinois economy.

ZionSolutions personnel deployed a similar dry fuel storage system for the decommissioning and site restoration project at Big Rock Point nuclear power plant in Michigan. Dry storage has been safely used for more than 20 years. Security officers, physical barriers, and surveillance technology are employed to fully comply with NRC criteria. At Zion, the dry fuel storage facility will be farther from the lakefront than its current storage location.

  • ZionSolutions will hold and be responsible for compliance with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licenses for the duration of decommissioning.
  • Under the ZionSolutions plan, site restoration and beneficial reuse will be achieved at least 12 years earlier than the current plan.
  • Decommissioning plan provides cost certainty with no further contributions from Illinois electric ratepayers.
  • Removal of radioactive materials such as piping, tanks, valves, and pumps, and subsequent independent verification, allows for the termination of Zion’s NRC licenses.
  • All low-level radioactive waste generated in the Zion decommissioning project will be disposed of outside Illinois.

Fuel Storage

ZionSolutions personnel deployed a similar dry fuel storage system for the decommissioning and site restoration project at Big Rock Point nuclear power plant in Michigan. Dry storage has been safely used for more than 20 years. Security officers, physical barriers, and surveillance technology are employed to fully comply with NRC criteria. At Zion, the dry fuel storage facility will be farther from the lakefront than its current storage location.

  • Casks are heavily shielded and meet the stringent design and licensing requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • ZionSolutions will monitor the storage site and provide round-the-clock security.
  • Similar casks are in use today at more than 60 nuclear power plant site in the U.S.
  • Dry fuel storage will allow the spent fuel to be readily transferred from the Zion site to the DOE
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    DOE –

    Department of Energy

    in the future.