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Potential Human Health Impacts Associated with Retirement of Nuclear Power Plants in Illinois

April 14, 2021 Category: Electricity Work Area: Advanced Nuclear

On August 26, 2020, Exelon announced its intention to retire two of its nuclear power plants in Illinois (Byron and Dresden Generating Stations). In October 2019 Clean Air Task Force (CATF) released an analysis of the significant health impacts that would result from the loss of four nuclear plants. At the time, CATF also analyzed the impacts of the loss of two nuclear plants but did not report those results as their loss was encompassed within the more comprehensive analysis.  Given the relevance of the two plant results, CATF has updated its 2019 report accordingly.