Local and state officials, led by State Sen. Neil Anderson (Rock Island), toured Exelon’s Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova on Dec. 14 to get a firsthand look at its operations and a better understanding of its economic importance to the region.
Anderson invited colleagues State Sen. Tim Bivins (Dixon) and State Sen. Sue Rezin (Morris) to tour the plant with representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.
“Shortly after taking office, I had the opportunity to tour the Quad Cities Generating Station and learn more about how important it is to the 36th District. I wanted my colleagues, especially those in nearby legislative districts, to understand the impact this facility has on our region,” said Anderson. “This definitely isn’t a partisan issue, and in the future I hope to invite legislators of both political parties, from throughout the state to come tour the facility.”
Anderson and the other officials said they were impressed by the security in place—even before entering the plant—to keep the facility and surrounding area safe.
“You go through several layers of security before you can even enter the plant, and once you’re inside, it’s completely safe. I think people imagine that you have to wear protective gear in some areas of a nuclear generating station, but it is not like that at all,” said Anderson, who also noted, “The pride these workers take in their individual jobs is pretty impressive.”
Rezin, who represents the 38th District and serves as the Republican Spokesperson for the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee, says she anticipates nuclear energy to be a big topic of discussion in the next year.
“We’ll be hearing a lot more about no carbon and low carbon in the future with the legislation that we have coming up,” said Rezin.
While the future of the facility remains somewhat uncertain, Anderson says he wants to do his part to make sure his fellow legislators understand how important the Quad Cities Generating Station is to the 36th District.
“Exelon is the largest property-tax-paying entity in Rock Island County, which is a huge part of my district, and it employs almost 800 hundred people here. It has a very large impact on our community, local economy, region and state as a whole,” said Anderson. “That’s really the takeaway I wanted my colleagues to leave here with.”