KEWAUNEE - We're getting a better idea as to what's in store for the Kewaunee Nuclear plant.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission updated the public on the plans Wednesday night.
The plant, operated by Dominion Resources, is scheduled to stop generating electricity next month, layoffs will start shortly after.
The closing impacts more than 630 workers.
Decommissioning the Kewaunee Power Station will begin in June, but that's just the beginning of a decades-long process.
"Somewhere in the 2067 or there about we'll actually begin the process of taking buildings down and return the site to greenfield or the farm fields it was before the plant was constructed," explained Mark Kanz, local affairs manager for Kewaunee Power Station.
The company submitted the initial decommissioning plans in February. It included everything from proper storage of the radioactive waste to leveling the buildings.
As part of the decommissioning, all buildings on the 900-acre site will be torn down and low-level radioactive waste will be shipped out of state.
But concrete casks that hold spent fuel, or high-level radioactive waste, will stay on the site for years.
Dozens of people turned out to hear the plans Wednesday night.
"There will be more people out of jobs, or they're moving on to jobs, but the real estate is still here, the real estate doesn't move," explained Kewaunee business owner, Tony Jeanquart.
It's not just jobs. The community is also worried about the economic impact and the loss of a business.
The longevity of the project is also a concern.
"Looking forward to getting the property back on the tax roll," said Town of Carlton Chairman Dave Hardtke. "They have two miles of lake frontage, that's a little a disappointing it'll take 60 years to tear down the plant."
Safety is also on the minds of residents.
However, the NRC says it'll be monitoring the process every step of the way.
"There are multiple steps, and through all those steps, the company says, 'this is what we're planning to do, this his how we plan to do it,' we review it and then we have inspectors that will be here through the most important functions," explained NRC spokesperson Viktoria Mitlyng. "So it's really important to make sure the workers that are involved in those activities are safe and the public is safe."
Company officials estimate between 50 to 100 jobs will remain on-site during the decommissioning process.
In all, it's expected cost $920 million to complete.
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