BYRON, Ill. - Operators at Exelon Nuclear's Byron Generating Station returned Unit 1 to the electrical grid today, ending a scheduled refueling outage that began last month.
"Our workforce safely completed a large amount of work that will ensure the safe, reliable production of environmentally-friendly electricity for the next operating cycle," said site vice president Tim Tulon. "I applaud the Exelon team and the contract crew for their quality performance and commitment to safety."
In addition to refueling the reactor, workers performed extensive inspections, testing and maintenance on a wide range of components and equipment.
"We are glad we made improvements to an already safe and reliable unit. And we are happy the influx of extra outage workers brought a temporary boost in employment and more business to local retailers," Tulon said. "I thank the local communities for their patience as we know that it can disrupt the normal flow of traffic on the roads and in local businesses."
Byron Unit 2 operated at 100 percent power during the Unit 1 outage.
Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford.