Nuclear energy

 braidwood Nuclear Power Plant, United States

 braidwood Nuclear Power Plant, United States

The Braidwood nuclear power plant is a nuclear power plant that produces electricity in the county of Will, south of Chicago, in the state of Illinois, in the center of the United States. Its reactors were approved for commissioning in July 1988 and October 1988, respectively. The maximum installed power is 2330 megawatts. The annual production in 2007 was approximately 19.66 TWh of electricity.

The plant is owned by Exelon Corporation. It has a total of two reactors that are in operation, each with a maximum of approx. 1 125 MW of power. The net production in the plant is normally only 2 242 MW, that is, slightly below the total capacity. After today's concessions, the production of the reactors will cease in 2026 and 2027.

Exelon was sued by the residents of Will County and by the state's attorney in 2006. The lawsuit alleges that the Braidwood plant emitted radioactive tritium in the local water in violation of its permit. However, the US NRC UU He has said that the answer is based on "emotion, not risk," and that there is evidence that the tritium releases did not endanger human health or safety in any way.

The Illinois EPA also reported that all the tests have confirmed that the releases are below the action levels of 20,000 picoCuries per liter, currently set by the EPA. However, Exelon agreed to provide bottled water to Godley residents and residents less than 1,500 feet from the Kankakee River purge line.

Surrounding Population

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around the nuclear power plants: an area of exposure path of plumes with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), which is mainly concerned with the exposure and inhalation of pollution radioactive in the air and an ingestion path zone of about 50 miles (80 km), is primarily concerned with the ingestion of food and liquids contaminated by radioactivity.

According to an analysis of the US Census data UU From, the population of EE. UU In 2010 at a distance of 10 miles (16 km) from Braidwood it was 33,910, an increase of 6.5 percent in a decade. The 2010 US population at 50 miles (80 km) was 4,976,020, an increase of 5.3 percent since 2000. The 50-mile cities include Joliet (20 miles to the city center).

Reactor typePressurized water reactor (PWR): working and pros and cons
Reactor modelW (4-loop)
Grid connection1987-07-12
OwnerExelon Corporation
OperatorExelon Generation Co., Llc
CountryUnited States
ZoneBraidwood, Illinois

Published: January 6, 2013
Last review: November 15, 2018

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