Illinois senators question nuclear power experts about safety of state’s reactors – WQAD

Illinois senators question nuclear power experts about safety of state's reactors – WQAD

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the size of the evacuation zones around the six nuclear power plants in Illinois should be reviewed.

Kirk and fellow U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin held a forum Friday with a panel of four nuclear experts that resembled a congressional hearing to talk about safety in Illinois in the wake of the disaster in Japan.

Four of Illinois’ 11 reactors are almost identical to those involved in Japan’s nuclear crisis. Exelon Corp. owns the plants and says they’re safe.

Officials sought to assure the senators that Illinois plants are safe and have multiple layers of safeguards.

Kirk and Durbin also were interested in making sure the state’s stockpile of potassium iodide pills for people in evacuation zones is consistent with new 2010 census numbers.

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