Zion Station

Retired in 1998

After more than 20 years of operation, Zion's two reactors were permanently shut down on January 15, 1998 when the plant’s owner at the time concluded that the continued operation of Zion Station was not financially feasible, and the plant was removed from service.

The site is approximately 50 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, and 42 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The plant property sits between the northern and southern parts of the Illinois Beach State Park, a 4,000-acre public park that receives thousands of visitors each year.

The decommissioning of Zion Station began on September 1, 2010. The $1 billion, 13-year project was the largest commercial nuclear plant dismantling ever undertaken in the United States, requiring an average of 200 skilled workers each year, most of them local, and a peak workforce of 400.


A Snapshot of Zion's History

  • Number of units: two (inactive)
  • Plant builder: Commonwealth Edison
  • Designer: Westinghouse Construction (began December 1968)
  • Commercial operations: Unit 1 ran from December 1973 to February 1997; Unit 2 from December 1974 to September 1996


To learn more about the safe decommissioning and dismantlement of nuclear plants, visit our Three Mile Island Decommissioning page.

About This Facility

Zion, Illinois 60099