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Illinois Nuclear Plants Saved by Last-Minute Vote

September 13, 2021

The Illinois Senate has approved an overhaul of the state’s energy policy with an eye toward a carbon-free future, with a key part of the package keeping the Byron nuclear power plant operating just hours before Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) said it would begin shutting down the facility.

Senators voted 37-17 on Sept. 13 to approve the package; 36 votes were needed for passage. The legislation is supported by Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker, and at least for now provides a reprieve for Byron and the state’s other nuclear power plants.

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