MARSEILLES, Ill. – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) today approved LaSalle County Generating Station’s license renewal application. After a rigorous review of the station’s robust design and a solid record of operational performance, Units 1 and 2 were independently approved to operate until 2042 and 2043 respectively.
“Today’s announcement is great news for our plant, our workers and the entire community,” said Site Vice President William Trafton. “Extending LaSalle’s operating license another 20 years will generate $20 billion in economic activity and offset the carbon equivalent of 60 million vehicles.”
LaSalle Station is a significant economic engine for the state and the local community. The station contributes $1 billion to the state’s economy annually, which includes more than $22 million annually in local property taxes. LaSalle Station supports thousands of direct and secondary jobs in Illinois, including more than 800 full-time workers at the site who live in communities surrounding the station and who support local businesses.
Marseilles Mayor Jim Trager also views the license extension as a victory for the community.
“For 34 years the city of Marseilles has benefitted from having LaSalle Station as a neighbor,” Trager said. “We are pleased with the NRC’s decision to extend the license and look forward to another 20-plus years with the station’s economic and environmental contributions to the community.”
Today’s announcement is further evidence of nuclear energy’s environmental value and economic impact in Illinois. Exelon’s six nuclear stations produce 50 percent of Illinois’ power and more than 90 percent of the state’s carbon-free power. However two of these safe and well-run facilities, Clinton and Quad Cities, are financially challenged and scheduled for premature closure. Comprehensive energy legislation is urgently needed this fall to keep these clean energy resources online.
LaSalle County Generating Station generates more than 2,300 megawatts of electricity, enough for more than 2 million homes. Over the last five years LaSalle Station has operated at 93 percent of capacity, a key measure of reliability and a figure far ahead of other sources of electricity generation.