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Map: Chicago-area nuclear power plants at a glance

A series of nuclear reactor fires and explosions at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Fukushima, Japan has put nuclear power back in the spotlight around the globe.

And few states are as central to the discussion of nuclear power in the United States as Illinois.  Illinois is home to seven nuclear power plants, six of which are still in active operation.  Add in Wisconsin, and Southwest Michigan and there are 10 nuclear power facilities located within the greater region, both current and decommissioned

Many of the plants contain more than one nuclear reactor, making Illinois home to more nuclear reactors than any other state in the nation.

All of the plants in this region went into operation between 1971 and 1988, and use a variety of reactor types.

As Shawn Allee noted in a recent story on, four of the reactors at two different plants - Quad Cities and Dresden - are GE Mark I, the same reactor type in use at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

The map below provides a look at the facilities, their locations, and their operating details. 

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