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Final day for Kewaunee Power Station

CARLTON, WI (WTAQ) - The Kewaunee Power Station has become the first U.S. nuclear plant since the late 1990’s to shut down for good.

Dominion Resources stopped producing power at the facility just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The company first announced the shutdown a few months ago. It said the electricity from the plant became too expensive compared to natural gas, which is much cheaper.

Dominion spokesman Mark Kanz said a cool down phase will last into this evening.

Spent nuclear fuel will be transferred to a large storage pool in the complex. Then the company will de-commission the plant is a slow process that could last for 60 years, and cost almost $1 billion.

The plant operated since 1973, and it employs over 630 people. They’ll be phased out beginning at the end of May.