As mayor of Clinton, part of my job is to attract and retain economic opportunities for our community. The fabric of any community is stitched by the ability of citizens to find work and provide for their family.
This is why the economic challenges that Illinois nuclear plants are facing is of grave concern.
Clinton Station is one of the important assets in our community. The plant employs more than 700 people with good jobs and benefits. The plant provides millions in tax revenue that funds our schools and other departments and services. The plant is also a very good neighbor, always eager to help out on various community initiatives and priorities.
Policymakers are rightly concerned about the potential of nuclear plants retiring prematurely, and so am I, as Clinton Station is one of the plants named publicly. In fact, a state report has been released that confirms what we all know to be true: Plant closings would have far-reaching consequences, including $1.8 billion in annual lost economic activity and more than 7,800 job losses.
Communities across America’s heartland are ravaged when heavy industry picks up and leaves. We cannot let this happen to Illinois’ nuclear facilities. On behalf of the residents of Clinton, I implore lawmakers to find a fair, workable solution that allows Illinois nuclear plants to compete on an even playing field with other emission-free energy sources.
Clinton Station has been an important neighbor to our community. We’d like to keep it around.
Carolyn A. Peters