Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station

Location:

Braidwood, Illinois
41.2436, -88.2289

Owner: 

Exelon

Population Within 10 Miles:

42,733

On-Site Dry Casks: 

Yes

NRC Contact Information: 

Reactors

Braidwood Unit 1

Reactor Type: 

Pressurized Water Reactor

Operational Status:

Operating

Licensed to Operate:

7/2/1987 to 10/17/2026

Braidwood Unit 2

Reactor Type: 

Pressurized Water Reactor

Operational Status:

Operating

Licensed to Operate:

5/20/1988 to 12/18/2027

Notes: 

08/16/2010: The plant owner knew about several problems but did not correct them, leading to a near-miss. The problems included a poor design that led to repeated floods in buildings with safety equipment, a poor design that allowed vented steam to rip metal siding off containment walls, and undersized electrical fuses for vital safety equipment.

05/11/2006:  UCS documented our views on the proper sanction for the 6.5 million gallons of radioactively contaminated water from Braidwood in a letter to NRC Commissioner Edward McGaffigan, Jr.  Download the pdf

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