With each passing week of the legislative overtime session that a bill in Springfield to support nuclear energy in Illinois goes without passage, the likelihood of the Clinton Power Plant closure becomes more and more real.
While the odds of a closure continue to rise, so too does the worry from local non-profits. Norman Emery from Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County says the Exelon situation is something their board is keeping tabs on.
Emery recognizes the closure of the plant would impact all non-profits and would leave all of them even more reliant on local support from other areas. For Habitat, Exelon annually provides them with around $5-thousand and up in financial support.
While it is a possibility, Emery is hesitant to say Habitat for Humanity in DeWitt County would go away completely if the generosity of Exelon dries up. He feels Habitat instead would take on a different form.
Emery says partnering with a larger Habitat for Humanity chapter is also a possibility, though he hopes to keep Habitat local with their own identity. He fears they may not have as much control if they partnered with a bigger chapter.