NRC to give update on Zion nuclear decommissioning

ZION, Ill. -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will update the public on decommissioning activities at the shuttered Zion Nuclear Power Station.

The NRC says the public is invited to ask questions at a Thursday evening meeting at the Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center.

NRC staff members will address issues that include ensuring adequate decontamination of the site and the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel.

The Unit 1 reactor operated from 1973 to 1997, while Unit 2 operated from 1974 to 1996. The NRC requires that decommissioning be completed within 60 years of shutdown.

Decommissioning is being carried out by a private company called ZionSolutions under the oversight of the NRC. Former plant owner, Exelon Corp., transferred licensed ownership of the site to ZionSolutions in 2010.