United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Zion Units 1 & 2

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Power Reactor Facility
Location: Zion, IL
License No.: DPR-39 & DPR-48
Docket No.: 50-295 & 50-304
License Status: DECON
Project Manager: John Hickman

2.0 Site Status Summary

Zion Units 1 and 2 were permanently shut down on February 13, 1998. The fuel was transferred to the spent fuel pool, and the owner submitted the certification of fuel transfer on March 9, 1998. The licensee is maintaining the turbine-generators as synchronous condensers to support grid stability and has isolated the spent fuel pool within a fuel building "nuclear island." The plant has been placed in SAFSTOR. The owner submitted the PSDAR, site-specific cost estimate, and fuel management plant on February 14, 2000. Preparations for decontamination and dismantlement have begun. Final site survey and license reduction to the ISFSI is currently planned for 2019 - 2020.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

On September 1, 2010, the facility license was transferred from Exelon to ZionSolutions for the express purpose of expediting the decommissioning of the site. ZionSolutions intends to use a rip and ship process that will reduce the labor intensive separation of contaminated materials and transport the facility in bulk to the EnergySolutions disposal site in Utah. Completion of fuel transfer to the ISFSI is scheduled for 2014. Submittal of the LTP is scheduled for 2015, with license termination in 2020.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure


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