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Proposal calls for funding to offset cost of storing spent nuclear fuel

Bush joins City of Zion to support nuclear waste legislation in CongressZION - Joining members of the Zion community to call on Congress to take action after years of stalling, State Sen. Melinda Bush voiced her support Monday for legislation by U.S. Rep. Bob Dold that would release federal funds to the city as it continues to maintain a decommissioned nuclear reactor.

“The problem of safely storing nuclear waste is not going away. I strongly support this push to hold the federal government accountable and provide compensation to Zion,” said Bush, D – Grayslake. “With nearly 100 casks of nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Michigan, I’m here today to call on Congress to take swift action and compensate Zion as they have indeed become an interim nuclear waste storage facility. This community has been hurt for far too long.”

Bush joined Congressman Bob Dold, Zion Mayor Al Hill, Zion Township Supervisor Cheri Neal and community leaders from Zion at the Senior Center this morning to call on Congress to pass this new legislation that would finally compensate Zion millions of dollar annually.

“After exhausting state solutions, I had come to the conclusion, along with Zion, that the federal government needs to take responsibility,” said Bush. “This site was never intended to be a storage facility for nuclear waste.”

Bush sponsored a resolution that recently passed the Illinois General Assembly, Senate Resolution 1719, which called on Congressional leaders and Illinois’ representatives to enact such a plan.

The nuclear reactor in Zion, now decommissioned, holds spent nuclear fuel. The federal government has thus far been unable to approve and open a disposal site where such nuclear waste would be safely stored. The inability to use the reactor’s lakefront property for any new development exacerbates the problems that have stemmed from job loss in the wake of the reactor’s shuttering.

“I will continue to work for bipartisan solution to solve an issue of grave importance to Zion,” Bush said.

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