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Plant Closing A Big Blow To Kewaunee County



Kewaunee County's administrator says the impending closure of the nuclear power plant will have a "staggering" effect on the county's economy.

Ed Dorner says the closing of the Kewaunee Power Station will eventually mean a revenue loss of more than $800,000 in state utility payments. But he says the overall impact will run much deeper.

Dorner, who met with representatives from Dominion on Tuesday, says 22 percent of the plant's 650 employees live in Kewaunee County.

And he says because positions at the station are industry-specific, those looking for work won't be able to find the same type of job in Kewaunee County.

"Every time a business closes, every time a job is lost it's very difficult and very upsetting for the people involved and the community involved," says Dorner. "This one is a little more high-profile because of what it does and potentially the impact on the community."

Dominion officials announced Monday that they would be shutting down the plant in the second quarter of 2013 because of decreasing costs of energy and the inability to find a buyer for the facility.

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