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Kinzinger Statement on Byron, Dresden Plant Closures

“A gut-punch to the people of Illinois”

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OTTAWA, IL, August 27, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement on the announcement to close two nuclear power plants in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District.
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OTTAWA, IL – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement on the announcement to close two nuclear power plants in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District:

Today’s announcement to close both the Byron and Dresden power plants is a gut-punch to the people of Illinois, especially to the counties that surround these generating stations. Hundreds of people will now be out of jobs and our efforts to produce clean, affordable, safe nuclear energy will be crushed.

“As a nation, we cannot reach our climate goals without nuclear energy. In Congress, I’ve long fought for nuclear and am doing everything I can at the federal level to save our nuclear fleet. But we need state support.

“What did we get instead? Corruption and bribery by Speaker Mike Madigan and Illinois’ largest electric utility company, ComEd. They put millions of dollars into their own pockets by hiking up prices on Illinois taxpayers, and throwing our nuclear power plants into the crosshairs of their backroom deals. 

“The Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants are the latest casualties of the self-serving policies coming from Democrat-led Springfield, and it’s long-past time for a change. To start, I’m calling on Senator Durbin to work with me in Congress to take the Department of Justice fines on ComEd and re-appropriate them to the communities most affected by these plant closures.

“I’ll continue to fight for nuclear energy, for the vital operations of our remaining power plants, and for accountability in our government. Because integrity matters, and Illinois deserves much, much better than this.”

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