The NFRC was established in 2002 to promote the construction and operation of nuclear reprocessing facilities. NFRC promotes reprocessing commercial spent nuclear fuel that is generated by commercial nuclear power plants.

Reprocessing dramatically reduces the amount of high-level radioactive waste that would have to be stored in a geologic repository. We also support reprocessing plutonium and highly enriched uranium from nuclear warheads into fuel for use in commercial nuclear power plants.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Exelon Contracts Out To Dismantle Zion Nuclear Plant

Exelon Corporation has been spending about $11 million a year for the past 12 years to maintain the
closed Zion nuclear power plant on the shore of Lake Michigan. Now it is contracting out to have it torn down. Chicago-based Exelon is transfering its Zion nuclear licenses to EnergySolutions Inc., a nuclear waste storage and services firm in Salt Lake City. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the Exelon-EnergySolutions arrangement. The license transfer will give the Utah-based firm full control of the Illinois site so it can handle the demolition.

EnergySolutions will receive government-mandated funds paid by ratepayers over the years for plant closure. Zion's fund has a balance of about $900 million. EnergySolutions will receive the funds and Exelon will contribute up to $200 million more if needed.

Radioactive waste must be sent to licensed sites or put in special storage at the site. EnergySolutions will put Zion's spent nuclear fuel, its most radioactive waste, into storage casks at the site with Exelon protecting them.

EnergySolutions will begin tearing apart Zion's two nuclear reactors in 2012 and the dismantled parts will be moved by rail to a radioactive waste facility in Clive, Utah, where they will be crushed and compacted. EnergySolutions owns the waste facility. About four million cubic feet of Zion waste is expected to be moved to Utah and encased in clay and rock. (WSJ, 8/21/2010)

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