MORRIS – Nuclear Science Week, which starts Monday, could mean more in the Grundy County area than in some parts of the country.
With approximately 2,400 employees between Exelon’s Braidwood, Dresden and LaSalle Generating Stations, according to ExelonCorp.com, there’s a good chance area residents have a friend or family member who has worked or presently works at one of the stations.
Morris Area Public Library’s Adult Programming Director Sarah Fisher said she was contacted by Women in Nuclear’s LaSalle branch about holding an event at the library.
The Morris Library is hosting “Pandora’s Promise: Film and Panel Discussion on Nuclear Power” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the library auditorium. The film will be followed by a discussion.
“They’re going to have a panel of scientists from LaSalle and Dresden Stations,” Fisher said.
In the 90-minute documentary released in 2013, director and producer Robert Stone profiles energy experts and environmentalists who once preached against nuclear energy but now embrace it.
In August, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, hosted a panel discussion, minus a film viewing, in Braidwood about the importance of nuclear power. The forum touched on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which was unveiled days prior. Kinzinger said initial talks among lawmakers did not recognize the role of nuclear energy, but it had improved.
According to Women in Nuclear’s website, U.S. WIN members participate in networking, professional development and outreach activities through local chapters, regional organizations, and the national organization. Local chapters are organized based on company, university/college or geographic region.
On another note, Fisher said the library’s used-book sale collection process has been a great success so far. High school students and students from Shabbona Middle School are collecting books as part of their required community service section of the curriculum.
The library’s Used Books and Holiday Decorations Sale is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the library.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Pandora’s Promise: Film and Panel Discussion on Nuclear Power
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27
WHERE: Morris Area Public Library Auditorium, 604 Liberty St., Morris