MORRIS, Ill. (Sept. 8, 2015) -Have you ever wondered how a nuclear power plant operates? If so, you will want to attend Dresden Generating Station's Community Information Night from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to learn firsthand how Dresden employees safely harness the power of the atom to provide electricity to more than a million homes and businesses.
The free event will be held at Dresden's Training Building, 6500 North Dresden Road in Morris.
Attendees can talk one-on-one with employees about station operations, environmental stewardship, security, safety, emergency preparedness and more. Visitors will also be able to tour the station's control room simulator, which is where operator training is conducted. Refreshments will be served.
"We look forward to hosting our annual Community Information Night. It gives us the opportunity to provide our neighbors with information about how we provide safe, reliable and clean electricity," said Dresden Site Vice President Shane Marik. "It's a great opportunity for people to get a feel for what goes on at an operating nuclear facility."
Those attending the open house must bring a state issued ID. Children without an ID must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Also, firearms, ammunition, fireworks and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on Dresden property.
Residents who have questions about the event can call Dresden Communications Manager Bob Osgood at 815-416-3743.
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 1,800 megawatts at full power - enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 1.2 million typical homes. Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.