BRACEVILLE, Ill. - Ever wonder how nuclear power is generated or what happens inside a nuclear power plant control room? Attend Braidwood Generating Station's Community Open House to find the answers to these questions and many more.
The free event will take place Thursday, April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Exelon's Services and Training Center at 36400 S. Essex Road in Wilmington, Ill.
Employees will be on hand to talk with visitors about station operations and enhancements made at the station following the events at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. Visitors can tour the plant's main control room simulator used to train reactor operators. An update on Braidwood Station's license renewal and tritium remediation projects will be provided.
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Neutron, the Braidwood Police Department's crime fighting dog. Neutron will give demonstrations throughout the evening.
Informational handouts and refreshments will be provided.
"We look forward to hosting this event every year," said Braidwood Site Vice President Dan Enright. "This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to learn about nuclear power operation, and see how we generate clean and reliable power."
Braidwood Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts, which is enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes.