Illinois Nuclear Power
12:55 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Quinn to seek higher fees on nuclear generators

Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to seek higher fees on power generator Exelon Corp. to ensure the safety of Illinois nuclear power plants in the aftermath of Japan's nuclear crisis.

Quinn says he met with state emergency management officials on Wednesday to discuss the safety of the state's 11 nuclear reactors.

He says the events in Japan show the need to review the safety of the plants.

Quinn says fees on Exelon haven't increased in nearly a decade and he wants state officials to determine if they need additional money to conduct safety inspections of the plants.

Chicago-based Exelon is a major operator of nuclear power plants and has marketed wind energy in several states.