Community Discusses Reopening Nuclear Power Plant - WBAY

Community Discusses Reopening Nuclear Power Plant

Kewaunee County - Community members met in Kewaunee County's Town of Carlton Thursday night to hear from a company that wants to buy the Kewaunee Power Station.

"It would bring business. You'd have more people employed again," said Cindy Hardtke, a resident.

About 100 people showed up at the town hall and listened why a RGA Labs, Inc., a Chicago-area company, wants to buy the plant. 

"We think it's extremely profitable," said Robert Abboud, president of RGA Labs Inc.

When the power plant closed last year, hundreds of people lost their jobs. 

"It's hurting the town of Carlton, you know, not so much now, in years to come," said Ann Bauer, resident.

If the company were to purchase the plant and it were to reopen, it says 600 jobs would be added.

Dominion, which owns the plant, told Action 2 News it's not focused on selling the plant, writing: "Our efforts right now are focused on safely unloading the spent fuel pool and taking the station to the next stage of SAFSTOR. We look forward to working with our neighbors to make this transition as smooth as possible."

"If it's got all that it needs to operate efficiently and be safe, then I think that's what it should be doing, not just having those buildings sitting there like a dinosaur," Hardtke said.

Residents who attended Thursday's meeting said they were happy with what they heard.

"I would definitely be willing to listen more," said Hardtke, who said it would make a huge difference in their small community. "You're going to have more businesses, local shops and stores in town, more families wanting to stay here."

The town and prospective buyer have been talking since March. Now RGA Labs hopes to talk to the plant's current owner.

"I think the community wants you to come to the table and talk with us about alternatives," Abboud said.
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