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Kewaunee Economic Development Corporation Announces: EnergySolutions to Acquire & Complete Decommissioning of the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station

Kewaunee, Wis. (May 12, 2021) – The Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation (KCEDC) shares the announcement that EnergySolutions entered into a definitive agreement with Dominion Energy to acquire the Kewaunee Power Station (KPS) located in the township of Carlton, WI. 

KPS is a 566-megawatt nuclear power plant that officially shut down May 7, 2013. In June 2017, Dominion Energy completed the used nuclear fuel transfer to the onsite dry fuel storage facility. The remaining decommissioning work will be completed by EnergySolutions and will result in the complete dismantlement of the facility and removal of radioactive waste. 

KCEDC Executive Director Ben Nelson says “Moving into prompt decommissioning will provide a positive economic impact to the township of Carlton as well as Kewaunee County by creating jobs within the local community and provide opportunities for local vendors and subcontractors. The annual spend during the decommissioning is expected to be approximately $85M.” 

President and CEO of EnergySolutions, Ken Robuck, stated, “We appreciate the confidence Dominion Energy has in our company by entering into this contract. This project will fit nicely within our decommissioning project portfolio and we are looking forward to applying our industry leading decommissioning and waste management experience to this project.” 

EnergySolutions’ other current decommissioning projects include the historic Three Mile Island Unit-2 in Pennsylvania, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in Southern California and the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Nebraska. EnergySolutions recently completed decommissioning work at the Zion Nuclear Power Station in Illinois and the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor in Wisconsin. 

With the definitive agreement signed, EnergySolutions and Dominion Energy will finalize the required regulatory filings and begin the application process to the NRC for the transfer control of the NRC licenses. EnergySolutions will accelerate this schedule and begin decommissioning activities in 2022, ensuring a safe, efficient, and quicker clean-up of the Kewaunee Power Station.