Zion-Benton News

Stories from the February 26, 2015 Issue


All spent fuel is on storage pad

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

All 61 containers holding the spent fuel rods are now on the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation at the Zion Nuclear Power Plant site. John Sauger, general manager of the decommissioning project, said the move was completed in early January just one week and one day after it began. Reporting to the Zion Station Community Advisory Panel Monday night, Sauger said this was the largest and quickest campaign ever done in the United States.

He said two of the four containers holding Greater than Class C waste have also been placed on the storage pad and the third will be moved very soon.

Sauger said the Class B/C waste which is trucked to WCS in Texas will all be gone by May. The cold weather has delayed some of the shipments. He explained they cannot ship when the temperature is below 20 degrees. “It must be done by May but our early goal is mid-March,” Sauger said.

Then the only waste left will be the low-level Class A, which is shipped by train to Clive, Utah.

He said the steel turbine building has been taken down. He said it was essentially clean of radiation. A couple of drains showed traces of radiation so they will be shipped to Clive. More...

Gov. Rauner outlines his budget plans

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

“This is our last, best chance to get our house in order,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said as he presented his plans for the upcoming state budget in an address Feb. 18.

“We must be willing to take actions we’d rather avoid and make decisions that may seem unpopular in the short run. The budget outlined today is the budget Illinois can afford, and that in itself is an example of “thinking anew,” he said.

Rauner said Illinois has lived too long beyond its means and acknowledged that one budget isn’t going to solve all the state’s problems. “It will take time to restore Illinois to fiscal health.

“Even after we solve this year’s fiscal crisis, we will still be left with a budget hole of $6.2 billion for the coming fiscal year,” Rauner said.

“The current budget was $1.6 billion in the hole when it was signed last year,” Rauner said. He said the Child Care Assistance Program is out of money; court reporters will begin missing payroll next month and state prisons will begin missing payroll in early April. More...

Photo of the Week

In honor of Black History Month
Leta Dunn pictured with the From Bondage to Freedom quilt she designed and made which is on display at the Zion-Benton Public Library through February.

Sweetheart Ball benefits cancer patients

Madi Keller’s mother just won the live auction bid for the teddy bear puppy and Madi delights in taking a turn among her siblings to hold him.

School News

Student Council members led Beulah Park’s Pasta for Pennies campaign with
success. Student and staff donations exceeded their $1,000 goal by planning
fun events for the students to participate in throughout the campaign. Mr. Fernando
Misquez’s 5th grade class earned a free lunch from Olive Garden since they were the top fund raiser. Money collected will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


NJROTC rifle team Maroon and Team Gold take the podium once again capturing gold and silver in the Navy National Air Rifle Championships last weekend.