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Forum: Renew Braidwood plant license

Updated: July 22, 2013 7:06PM



As leaders of the Will County Center for Economic Development and the Will/Grundy Building Trades Council, we are joining forces to support the license renewal for the Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station, a crucial anchor of both economic development and employment in our area.

Over the next few years, federal regulators will review Braidwood’s operations and impacts as part of the license renewal project. Business and labor stand together in favor of its approval.

The Braidwood station employs nearly 900 people in good-paying, skilled jobs. It contributes hundreds of millions directly into our local economy, supporting local vendors and employing scores of trade union members on regular maintenance projects.

And Braidwood is the backbone of our electricity generation in Illinois. It produces large amounts of energy safely, consistently and cost-effectively. This helps keep Illinois’ manufacturing, technology and service industries competitive in global markets and also helps attract new businesses to our area.

Braidwood is an industry leader in efficiency and safety as well as an excellent corporate neighbor. Its representatives have contributed greatly to local causes and maintain extensive wildlife habitat used by sportsmen for charity fishing tournaments and recreation.

On behalf of the business and labor communities of Will County, we have joined with the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition to help make people aware of the benefit that the Braidwood nuclear plant brings to our community and our state and urge our neighbors to join us in support of renewing its operating license.

John Scheidt

President

Will Grundy Building Trades Council

John Grueling

Chief executive

Will County Center for Economic Development

New business opens quietly

Without fanfare, a long-awaited gas station is being built by Food 4 Less on 159th Street in Oak Forest. The ground-breaking took place recently, but surprisingly there was no formal ceremony with no local officials taking credit for the new business.

I was initially surprised by this, given the nature of public officials, but after giving it some thought I was grateful no one from the city was there to take credit for something they had nothing to do with.

The city of Oak Forest should be thankful and grateful for this new station. Tax revenue generated by it will help to offset the dollars lost by the many business that have left town.

Now if the city could only attract more sales tax generating businesses perhaps services would not suffer, and we could see some property tax relief like that of our neighboring communities.

Richard Long

Oak Forest



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