You can read a lot about facts and figures highlighting the impacts caused by the closing of the Byron & Dresden stations in Illinois, but at the end of the day, we cannot forget it is about PEOPLE.
Byron resident and former NFL player, Sean Considine, explains why Illinois needs to keep its nuclear power stations open.
Currently, when using nuclear energy only about five percent of the uranium used in a fuel rod gets fissioned for energy; after that, the rods are taken out of the reactor and put into permanent storage. There is a way, however, to use almost all of the uranium in a fuel rod. Recycling used nuclear fuel could produce hundreds of years of energy from just the uranium we've already mined, all of it carbon-free.
NEI explains the importance of nuclear power in the clean energy equation.