Nuclear Plant Refueling

Mar 2, 2015

One of the two nuclear reactors just north of the Quad Cities has stopped generating electricity. Unit One at the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova was taken off-line this morning for scheduled re-fueling and maintenance.

Exelon spokesman, Bill Stoermer, says Unit 1 ran continuously for nearly 700 days, or almost 2 years - the longest ever for that reactor.

The 800 permanent employees at Cordova are joined by 15-hundred additional workers for the re-fueling outage. Meanwhile Unit 2 continues to operate.

Exelon says the nuclear plant boosts the economy of they area by about 1.4 billion dollars a year, and when both units are working at full power, they generate enough electricity for 1.2 million homes.