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Economy

Nuclear Plant Refueling

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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.