CHICAGO (CBS) — An Illinois congressman has proposed legislation to compensate north suburban Zion for it years of storage of nuclear waste at a long-shuttered power plant.
The Zion Nuclear Power Station closed in 1998, but a plan to permanently store nuclear waste from Zion and other nuclear plants at Yucca Mountain in Nevada has stalled, so U.S. Rep. Bob Dold has introduced a plan to reimburse communities like Zion.
“We are, right now, currently storing a significant amount of spent nuclear fuel just a few hundred yards away from the greatest natural resource we have in our area, and that is the Great Lakes,” Dold said.
Under his proposal – which Dold said has bipartisan support – Zion would get $15 million per year for up to seven years to make up for lost property taxes on the site, which still can’t be redeveloped.
“This is not trying to get the communities hooked on the idea of getting federal funds. We want to make sure that we’re compensating them, because of the lack of the tax revenue that they’re able to receive,” he said. “They aren’t able to get the overall tax revenue from the property where it once was. So they’ve seen about a 90 percent decline in their ability to receive tax revenue, which has had an enormous impact on that economy of that community.”