Local residents interested in showing their support for keeping Byron Station open and protecting jobs at the nuclear facility are invited to call the district office of State Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-Sycamore) to pick-up a complimentary “Save the Nuclear Plants” yard sign. Parent company Exelon announced in August their intention to close Byron in September 2021.
“I support protecting the jobs at Byron and standing up for the families and communities who would suffer irreparable harm if the plant is permitted to close,” Rep. Keicher said. “If you would like a yard sign to show your support, we have several dozen available at my office in Sycamore. Please call ahead at (815) 748-3494 before stopping by. Thank you to the hardworking men and women of IBEW Local 15 for providing the signs and for all the work they do at Byron Station. Together we will continue to advocate for keeping Byron open and saving the jobs local families depend on.”
The Byron nuclear plant provides 727 direct jobs and hundreds of additional indirect jobs in the region, including those of many workers who live in DeKalb County. Byron Station pays about $38 million annually in property taxes to fund eleven different taxing districts, including area K-12 schools. Approximately 2 million homes are served with carbon free energy by Byron Station, generating more than 2,500 megawatts of zero-emissions power.
“Byron Nuclear and the other Exelon plants are huge assets to their communities!” said Terry McGoldrick, President/ Business Manager of IBEW Local 15. “The employees work very hard to provide clean, safe and reliable base load electricity regardless of the weather.”
To learn more about the effort to Save Byron and how you can get involved, please visit https://savebyron.com/. To arrange for pick-up of a “Save the Nuclear Plants” yard sign, please call Representative Keicher’s district office at (815) 748-3494.