Ill. law raises funds for nuclear safety program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill intended to improve safety at the state's 11 nuclear reactors.

Exelon operates all of the reactors. The bill increases the annual fee that the company has to pay per reactor from $1.75 million to $1.9 million.

The extra money will be used by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for its nuclear safety program.

Quinn says the money will allow IEMA to fill 12 positions, including nuclear safety scientists, health physicists and computer experts.

The legislation also includes a 1-time fee of $3.6 million to be paid over three years for computer upgrades to the state's remote monitoring system.

The system collects data from inside and outside the plants and transits it to IEMA in Springfield.

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