Morris State Senator Sue Rezin on Monday said there could be enough votes to pass a bill that would help keep nuclear power plants in Morris and Byron open. The fate of the two nuclear plants has been up in the air after the Illinois House and Senate adjourned without voting on a new energy bill. The plants are both slated to be closed by Exelon later this year. Rezin says it's good news that the Illinois Senate Could soon vote on a bill.
Rezin says if the bill gets Senate approval, she's hopeful that House approval will be on the way. Rezin has said that Exelon and Governor J.B. Pritzker have come to a verbal agreement to keep the plants open.
The nuclear plants in Morris and Byron employ about 1500 people year-round and thousands more when the plants are refueled periodically. Rezin, and other lawmakers, say that nuclear power is necessary for Illinois to meet its carbon emission reduction goals.
The power plants also provide a large amount of tax revenue for local schools and other government bodies. Rezin hopes to have nuclear energy named a clean, carbon free form of energy so that it can benefit like other green energy industries like wind and solar. Morris State Rep. David Welter says that he's cautiously optimistic that an energy bill can get done as well.