Company seeks to remove portions of old Zion nuclear plant from license

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering a request from Zion Solutions, LLC, (ZS) for approval to remove areas of the retired Zion nuclear power station in Illinois from the NRC license.

Specifically, ZS intends to remove and release the radiologically non-affected portions of the site from its license for Units 1 and 2, according to an NRC website.

Zion Units 1 and 2 were permanently retired by Exelon (NYSE:EXC) in February 1998, according to an NRC website. The units were both 1,000-MW pressurized water reactors (PWRs).

The NRC is requesting public comments on ZS’s partial site release and will hold a public meeting to discuss the request. Comments are due by Dec. 24, 2015. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date, NRC said.

The NRC notice was posted on Nov. 24. Zion Solutions filed the request in August. The NRC is requesting public comments on ZS’s partial site release and will hold a public meeting to discuss the request.

Zion Solutions, a subsidiary of Utah-based Energy Solutions, began cleanup of the Zion nuclear plant in 2010, according to its website.

Zion Solutions is responsible for decommissioning the Zion Nuclear station in Zion, Illinois 45 miles north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. Upon completion of the decommissioning project the property and NRC license will be returned to Exelon.

For further information contact, John Hickman, NRC’s Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-415-3017, email:

Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2015-0265 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this action.

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